Deadline: 31 March 2013
Open to: Nationals of a World Bank member countries with a minimum Bachelor degree
Scholarship: Covers full travel expenses, tuition and insurance+monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses
World Bank, with funding from the Government of Japan offers Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarships Program(JJ/WBGSP) for nationals of a World Bank member countries. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and born after March 31, 1973. Eligible applications are assessed according to academic excellence, professional experience, and relevance of program of study. The scholarship covers airfare, travel allowance, tuition and the cost of basic medical and accident insurance. The Program does not support studies in the applicant’s home country.
Eligible applicants should propose a program of study related to development at the master’s level, in fields such as economics, health, education, agriculture, environment, natural resource management, or other development and related subject.
To apply for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship under the Regular Program, an applicant must:
- Be a national of a World Bank member country eligible to borrow.
- Be born after March 31, 1973.
- Have, by March 31, 2013, at least 2, preferably 4 to 5, years of recent full time professional experience acquired after a university degree, in the applicant’s home country or in another developing country.
- Hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
- Be in good health.
- Be of good character.
- Not be a permanent resident or a national of any industrialized country.
- Not be residing in an industrialized country for more than one year at the time of application.
- Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, staff of the World Bank Group (the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, International Development Association, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes), consultant, or relative of the aforementioned.
Program of study
- Eligible applicants should propose a program of study related to development at the master’s level, in fields such as economics, health, education, agriculture, environment, natural resource management, or other development‑related subject.
- The proposed program of study should start during the academic year 2013/2014 for a maximum duration of two years. The JJ/WBGSP does not support applicants who are already enrolled (i.e., taking classes) in graduate degree programs.
- Applicants should submit evidence of current unconditional admission to at least one development-related university master’s degree program. Applicants are encouraged to apply to one of the Preferred Universities.
- The Program does not support studies in the applicant’s home country.
- The Program does not support applicants for MBA, MDs, M.Phil. or Ph.D. degrees.
- The Program does not support legal studies such as J.D., L.L.M. or S.J.D. except for L.L.M.’s related to human rights, environment, or good governance.
The scholarship provides benefits for the recipient only, covering: economy class air travel between the home country and the host university at the start of the study program and one return journey following the end of the overall scholarship period. In addition to the ticket, scholars receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip; tuition and the cost of basic medical and accident insurance usually obtained through the university; a monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books.
How to apply
The application form together with ALL supporting documentation must be received in the Scholarship Program Office by the deadline of March 31, 2013. Applicants should make the necessary provision to ensure receipt of their application package before the deadline. The program Secretariat is not responsible for any possible delay in mail delivery. Applications sent by fax or email are not accepted!
Paper copies of completed applications and all required supporting documents should be sent to:
The World Bank
Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
1818 H Street, NW – MSN J4-402
Washington, DC 20433
It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit the application along with ALL supporting documentation including an admission letter to a master’s degree program in ONE PACKAGE.
Eligible applications are assessed according to three main factors: academic excellence, professional experience, and relevance of program of study. Priority is given to candidates from the public sector with a high potential to impact the development in their own countries after completion of their studies. To the extent permitted by Program requirements and selection standards, the JJ/WBGSP:
- seeks to maintain a reasonably wide geographical distribution of awards and gives priority to applicants from low-income countries
- supports promising female candidates
- gives priority to those candidates who, other things equal, have limited financial resources
- In accepting the JJ/WBGSP scholarship, candidates commit themselves to return to and work in their home countries after completion of their studies.
- In accepting this scholarship, candidates consent to the employment restriction policy of the JJ/WBGSP and acknowledge that they will not be able to work at the World Bank Group or IMF for three years after completion of their academic program.
More information can be obtained from this link.