JJWBG Scholarships

 Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarships

Important details 

  • You are a Japanese national or you are a citizen from one of the developing countries;
  • You do not hold a dual citizenship of a developed country;
  • You are under the age of 45 on the application deadline date;
  • You hold a bachelor degree (or its equivalent university degree) earned at least three years prior to the application deadline;
  • You are in good health;
  • You have at least 3 years of full-time paid development-related experience since earning a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree). This development-related experience was gained within the past six years from the date of the application deadline;
  • You are not employed by the government of Japan or its related agencies, including local governments and the Central Bank at the time of application;
  • You are not an executive director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of all types of appointments 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;
  • You have not received any scholarship funds from the government of Japan to help finance a graduate degree;
  • You are accepted or currently enrolled into a graduate programme focused on poverty alleviation and shared prosperity in developing countries.

Please note: the requirements mentioned above might be different for nationals of developing countries. Make sure to check the JJWBGS website down below for more information.

Participating faculty
Level of study
  • Master
Scholarship / Grant in €

  • 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.
  • Tuition for your graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance usually obtained through the university.
  • A monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books. The amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.
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More details & contact


Email: admission@ihs.nl 
Email: studentoffice@iss.nl
Website: World Bank Scholarships - application Japanese citizens
Website: World Bank Scholarships - application developing countries citizens

Application - JJWBGS

Application guidelines differ depending on your nationality. Learn more about how to apply for JJWBGS scholarship for:

Deadline:  March 2020

Background information

In 1987, the World Bank, with funding from the Government of Japan, established the World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program for graduate studies in subjects related to economic development. Each year, the Program awards scholarships to individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at renowned universities throughout member countries of the Bank.


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  • In order to filter out the scholarships you might be able to apply for, take the following steps:

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    4. To apply, follow the given application instructions.
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  • Your chances are slim, meaning that most students won't receive a scholarship. There are hundreds of new students each year, but there is not an equal amount of scholarships available. Therefore always make sure to have a plan B to cover your finances, in case you won't receive the scholarship.

  • Most of the requirement apply to:

    1. Study results / being an excellent student;
    2. Being able to demonstrate your ambition;
    3. Level of study;
    4. Obtained diplomas;
    5. Country of origin.
  • First, select on the Scholarships and grants page if you're a student planning to study at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) or whether you're already studying at EUR and thinking about going on exchange.

    After selecting one of these options, you'll land on a page with a scholarship overview applicable to your situation.

  • Preparing an application for a scholarship can be time consuming. Deadlines can be as early as January, so make sure to plan ahead. Start looking for scholarships 6-12 months in advance.

  • That depends on the scholarship. The scholarship may be a partial tuition fee waiver which means you still need to pay tuition fee. Please check the criteria of your scholarship carefully.

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