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Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program


The Program's objective is to help create an international community of highly trained professionals working in the filed of economic and social development. The World Bank and the Government of Japan require the scholars to return to their home countries on completion of their study programs and apply their enhanced knowledge and skills to contribute to the development process in their respective regions and communities.

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides annual awards to cover the cost of completing a master's degree or its equivalent or studying towards a doctoral degree. The awards are given for one year and may be renewed for a second, consecutive year, or a portion thereof, subject to satisfactory academic performance in the first year of the study program and the availability of funds. Applicants who wish to study towards a doctoral degree should understand that there is an absolute two-year maximum limit on JJ/WBGSP awards. It is the responsibility of the scholar to secure alternative sources of funding for later years of the program.

Application Guidelines:
Application forms for the 2006 selection cycle of the Regular JJ/WBGSP are available (in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese).
Applicants have three options to get an Application Form:
* hard copy can be obtained from the JJ/WBGSP Secretariat at World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC from September, 2005 through January 31, 2006, provided that those who are interested send their postal address to JJ/WBGSP
* you may download the application as a pdf files;
* you may also apply on-line.


* Submit evidence of current unconditional admission (copy of formal admission letter) to at least one development-related university master's degree program and proof of application to another university located in any World Bank member country except the applicant's country. The application will not be processed without this requirement. Preference is given to applicants with more than one admission.
* Be a national of a World Bank member country eligible to borrow.
* Be between the ages of 25 and 45. Applicants born before March 31, 1961, will not be considered. For verification applicants should send a photocopy of their passport.
* Have at least 2, preferably 4 to 5, years of recent full-time professional work experience by March 31, 2006 after a university degree in the applicant's home country or in another developing country and usually in public sector.
* Hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in a development-related field; have a superior record in previous academic work. Applicant should also send a certified copy of the diploma and transcripts.

Individuals applying for the regular JJ/WBGSP scholarship must also meet the following criteria:
* Submit documentation showing that they have applied for graduate study or its equivalent in at least two universities located in any World Bank member-country
* Propose a program of study related to development. Usually this will be in a field such as economics, business, management, environment, urban/rural planning, or a related area. The Program has also made awards in such development-related fields as health, education, population, agriculture, engineering, information systems and aquatic resources provided that the focus of study is on public policy aspects of these fields.


The annual value of a scholarship has averaged around $30,000.


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 by the deadline of March 31, 2006.

Application and for more information

The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat
MSN J2-204
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20433, USA

Application forms can be downloaded from the JJ/WBGSP home page: or are available in 1252 Murphy Hall, UCLA.

For further, more complete information about application evaluation information, students are referred to the website or program information packet available in 1252 Murphy Hall, UCLA.

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