Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2021-2022 : Deadline May 21

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Applications are now open for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) for year 2021-2022 with the deadline being May 21. The scholarships are for professionals from developing countries including Bangladesh to do master’s program on development-related topics.

JJWBGSP offers scholarships for 48 Participating Programs at universities in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceania and Japan in key areas of development including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.

To note, if you are not admitted to one of these 48 programs, you are not eligible to apply for the Scholarship for the period. It also should be noted that the program is subject to available funding.

Benefits of JJ/WBGSP : The scholarship program provides recipients with the following benefits :

  1. Economy class air travel between your home country and the host university at the start of your study program and immediately following the end of the scholarship period. In addition to the two-way air travel, scholars will receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip.
  2. Tuition for your graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance obtained through the university.
  3. While on campus during the scholarship period, a monthly subsistence allowance to cover all living expenses (accommodations, food, etc., including books). The amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.
  4. It should be noted that all JJ/WBGSP scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or two years, whichever is less.

Eligibilities : Applicants must fulfill the following conditions to be eligible for application :

  1. Being a national of a World Bank member developing country on this list.
  2. Not holding dual citizenship of any developed country.
  3. Holding a bachelor’s or equivalent degree earned at least 3 years prior to the application deadline date.
  4. Having 3 years or more of recent development-related work experience after earning a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree.
  5. Being employed in development-related work in a paid full- time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application.
  6. Having at least 3 years of paid development-related employment since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) and acquired within the past 6 years from the date of the application deadline.
  7. On or before the Scholarship Application Deadline date, be admitted unconditionally (except for funding) for the upcoming academic year to at least one of the JJ/WBGSP participating master’s programs located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence listed at the time the call for scholarship applications opens.
  8. Not being an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of any type of appointment of the World Bank Group or a close relative of the aforementioned by blood or adoption with the term “close relative” defined as: Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew.
  9. Being in good health.

How To Apply : Application must be made online through the following link at :

To know more about the application process, interested individuals are requested to visit the above link also.

Urgent Note : Upon completion of study, scholarship recipients must return to their home country to use their new skills and contribute to their countries’ social and economic development. They have to make commitments to that.

Since 1982, the Program has helped to form a pool of over 6,000 well-trained and experienced development professionals, transforming their countries and positively impacting future generations.

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