Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarships for Students of Developing Countries, 2015-2016

Applications are invited for Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarships Program (JJ/WBGSP) from the nationals of developing countries. Applicants must have at least 3 years of development-related experience since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) or be in good health, as certified by a medical doctor, with respect to the capacity to be a productive scholar for the duration of the masters program. The deadline for JJ/WBGSP scholarship applications for the academic year 2015-16 is March 19, 2015.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded for studying only at a master program that has been granted “preferred” status by the JJ/WBG Scholarship Program.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing masters degree at Preferred University.
Scholarship Provider: World Bank (with funding from the Government of Japan)
Scholarship can be taken at: Scholarships are available for preferred university masters programs that is listed on the JJ/WBGSP website and that is located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence.

Eligibility: The applicant meets the following eligibility criteria:
-Be a national of a World Bank member country eligible to borrow.
-Not be a dual citizen of any industrialized country.
-Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, staff of the World Bank Group (the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, International Development Association, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes), consultant, relative or in-law of the aforementioned.
-Holds a Bachelors degree (or equivalent university degree) earned before 2012.
-Have at least 3 years of development-related experience since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree)
-Have, by the notification of the scholarship award, been accepted unconditionally (except for funding) to enroll in the upcoming academic year in one of the JJ/WBGSP preferred university masters programs that is listed on the JJ/WBGSP website, that is located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence.
-Be in good health, as certified by a medical doctor, with respect to the capacity to be a productive scholar for the duration of the masters program.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Students of developing countries (Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus,  Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep. of, Congo, Rep. of, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Rep, Ecuador, Egypt, Arab Rep., El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, The Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haití, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Islamic Rep. of, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, FYR of, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, F.S., Moldova, Mongolia,  Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau,  Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe) can apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship Description: The World Bank, with funding from the Government of Japan, established the World Bank Graduate Scholarship program for graduate studies. To apply for the JJ/WBGSP scholarship you must be a developing country national, not be a dual citizen of any developed country, hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) earned before 2012, and have at least 3 years of development-related experience since earning a Bachelor’s degree. Most importantly, you must commit to returning home to your country on graduation in order to use your enhanced knowledge and skills towards your community’s, country’s or region’s development. Those receiving a scholarship are barred from working at the World Bank Group for three years following graduation from the preferred masters program.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): Not Known

What does it cover? The scholarship is fully funded by the Government of Japan, and provides for the recipient only the following benefits:
-economy class air travel between your home country and the host university at the start of your study program and one return journey following the end of the scholarship period. In addition to the ticket, you 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.
-The JJ/WBGSP scholarship does not cover: expenses for the scholar’s family, extra-curricular courses or training, language training that is not provided by the graduate program, additional travel during the course of the study program, expenses related to research, supplementary educational materials, field trips, participation in workshops/seminars, or internships or educational equipment such as computers.
-Note: The JJ/WBGSP scholarship may only supplement, and does not duplicate, any other source of financial support/fellowship you might have. If selected as a finalist or if you are awarded a scholarship, you must inform the J/WBGSP if you have other sources of scholarship funds. The JJ/WBGSP stipend may be withdrawn completely or partially if during the scholarship period the Program has evidence of additional sources of support.

Selection Criteria: JJ/WBGSP uses the following process to review completed applications, with the aim to identify the candidates with the highest potential after completion of their graduate study to impact the development of their country through the public and/or private sector delivery of public goods and services. Two qualified assessors independently review each eligible application and score the application on a scale 1 to 10, taking into account four main factors and the degree of cohesion among them:
-Quality of Professional Experience
-Quality of Professional Recommendations
-Quality of Commitment to your Home Country
-Quality of Education Background

Notification: All successful applicants will be informed by email from the Joint Japan/World Bank Scholarship Program by mid-July, 2015. On or before mid-July, 2015, they will post an announcement when all selected scholars have been informed. The program will not be informing unsuccessful applicants.

How to Apply: There are two ways citizens of developing countries can apply for this scholarship:
-For scholarships to one of partner masters programs, please first apply to at least one of our partner university masters programs. The university will send the JJ/WBGSP Secretariat a short list of eligible candidates that have been accepted by the partner program, and the JJ/WBGSP Steering Committee will award scholarships to a subset of the short-listed applicants.
-For scholarships to one of preferred masters programs, you need to apply to the university to get accepted into the program and also apply directly to JJ/WBGSP for the scholarship.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for JJ/WBGSP scholarship applications for the academic year 2015-16 is March 19, 2015.

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