Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program for Japanese Nationals

How to apply

Complete applications, including the application form and two professional references, must be submitted online by 12:00  noon EST on April 20, 2023

Details on Eligibility Criteria for each call for applications are provided in that call’s Application Guidelines, and these detailed eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made. In general, criteria include:

  • Be a Japanese national;
  • On or after the date the call for scholarship applications opens, not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of any type of appointment (including temporary and consultant) of the World Bank Group (The World Bank, International Development Association, International Finance Corporation, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlements of Investment Disputes); or not be 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.
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) earned at least three years before the date of the Application Deadline.
  • Not be employed by the Government of Japan or its related agencies at the time of application.
  • Have at least 3 years of paid development-related employment acquired since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) and acquired within the past six years from the date of the Application Deadline. 
  • At the time of the application submission, be either admitted unconditionally (except for financing) or currently enrolled full-time in a graduate program outside of Japan in an area of study related to development or be currently employed full-time in development-related work pertaining directly to developing countries.

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