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Joint Japan World Bank Scholarships 2016

Joint Japan World Bank Scholarships 2016


Joint Japan World Bank Scholarships 2016

Joint Japan World Bank Scholarships 2016

This post is about World Bank Scholarships 2016. Established in 1987 with funding from the Government of Japan, the Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) has helped create an international community of development professionals through the Program’s financing of graduate and post-graduate studies.

To date, the Program has awarded over 5000 scholarships selected from over 65,000 applicants, and disbursed over US$200 million in funding from the Japanese government.

Unlike most other well-known scholarship programs, the JJ/WBGSP does not focus on a specific region, group, hosting institution or country, or field of study.  For developing country nationals, the only major restrictions are: scholars must pursue graduate studies abroad in one of the Program’s partner or preferred university graduate programs, and immediately upon graduation scholars must return home to contribute to the development of their countries. There is also a small funding window for Japanese citizens regarding World Bank Scholarships 2016.

The World Bank administers the Scholarships Program through the Leadership, Learning, and Innovation (LLI). Policy guidance for the Program is provided by a Steering Committee comprised of three Executive Directors and five managers of the Bank. A secretariat for day-to-day administration is maintained within LLI.

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) uses the following process to review completed applications, with the aim of identifying the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, to impact the development of their countries through the public and/or private sector delivery of public goods and services.

Two qualified assessors independently review each eligible application for World Bank Scholarships 2016 and score the application on a scale of 1 to 10, taking into account four main factors and the degree of cohesion among them:

(i)    Quality of Professional Experience  (30% weight)

(ii)  Quality of Professional Recommendations  (30% weight)

(iii)Quality of Commitment to your Home Country (30% weight)

(iv) Quality of Education Background  (10% weight)


In terms of assessing the quality of professional experience, with the exception of a highly unusual circumstance, we seek to award scholarships to mid-career applicants who: (i)  have at least 3 years of full-time paid employment in the applicant’s home country or in another developing country acquired after receiving the first Bachelors (or equivalent university) degree and within 6 years prior to the Application Deadline date degree and within the past 6 years from the date of the Application Deadline; and (ii) are currently employed in a paid and full time position at the time of application.

The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat for World Bank Scholarships 2016 uses the average score of the two reviewers and the following other aspects of the JJ/WBGSP’s objectives to select the finalists:

  • maintaining a reasonably wide geographical distribution of awards, that takes into account the geographic distribution of eligible applications;
  • maintaining a reasonable distribution of awards across gender that takes into account the distribution of eligible applications across gender;
  • giving scholarships to those applicants who, other things being equal, appear to have limited financial resources;
  • unusual circumstances/hardships, when assessing the employment experience and other aspects of an application. 

The finalists are then requested to provide supplemental documentation (Please see “ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF FINALISTS FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP” in the Application Guidelines).

The finalists are presented to the JJ/WBG Steering Committee (composed of members of the World Bank Board of Directors and WB management) for final review and selection of the winners of the award. The Secretariat informs the scholarship winners by end July for the World Bank Scholarships 2016.

Application Guideline Link