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1 Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program offers Scholarships at universities worldwide for mid-career professionalsAdvancing Your Professional Excellence for Development MattersPublic Information CenterContact: Denis Boskovski at 02/ and at
2 Background: When and Why All Started Japan and the World Bank jointly collaborate with universities worldwide since (The Program is fully financed by the Government of Japan.)To create an international pool of highly-trained professionals in developing countries contributing to the economic and social development of their home-countriesTo enhance technical and analytical skills to increase professional effectiveness in contributing to sustainable, socio-economic reform processes
3 Opportunity 1 – Regular (worldwide) Three Scholarship Opportunities (Master’s Degree) for Mid-career ProfessionalsOpportunity 1 – Regular (worldwide)Master’s Degree Studies related to DevelopmentDeadline: 31 March 2009Opportunity 2 – Cooperating Universities in Japan onlyOpportunity 3 - PartnershipsTailor-made programs at the Master’s Degree Level offered only in a selected number of Universities worldwide (10).Fields of study focus on practical aspects of development policy making.Deadlines vary according to the Institutions.Candidates can apply to all programs.Selected candidates are expected to return to their home countries on completion of the programs.Candidates need to acknowledge that they will not be able to work at the World Bank Group or IMF for 3 years after completion of the program.
4 Opportunities Offered at a Glance 1. Regular Program (worldwide)2. Cooperating Universities in Japan3. Partnership ProgramsUniversitiesUniversities worldwide; the scholarship team recommends programs at 36 universities worldwide(2009)6 Japanese cooperating universities (2009)(all Programs in English and specifically designed for international students) –10 Partnership Universities: see map4 in Africa (2 in French, 2 in English)4 in Japan ( in English)2 in USA ( in English)Field of StudyField of study needs to relate to developmentTailor-made, preidentified fields of study inEconomic and Public PolicyInfrastructure ManagementTax PolicyDegreeMaster’s DegreeDurationVaries according to selected program and university (max. duration 24 months)Varies between 12 & 24 months depending on Partnership Univ.EligibilityBased on JJ/WBGSP criteriaBased on university & JJ/WBGSP criteriaBased on University & JJ/WBGSP criteria
5 Opportunities Offered at a Glance cont’- ed Regular Program(worldwide)2. Cooperating Universities in Japan3. Partnership ProgramsApplication DeadlineMarch 31, 2009Deadlines vary- check on University Web sitesApplication ProceduresApply online to the World Bank ator download and print PDF form and send it to the Scholarship SecretariatRequests for application materials and completed applications for all Programs at cooperating universities in Japan should be directed to the respective university.Requests for application materials and completed applications for all Programs should be directed to the respective university. See slideAwardsFull tuition for course duration, travel stipend & monthly subsistence allowance
6 What All Opportunities Offer Annual awards to cover the cost of completing a graduate degree.Awards are given for the length of the study program.Continuation of funding in the second year is subject to satisfactory academic performance in the 1st year.The scholarship provides benefits for the recipient only, covering:Economy class air travel between the home country and the host university at the start of the study program; andone return journey following the end of the overall scholarship period.Scholars receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip.Tuition and the cost of basic medical and accident insurance usually obtained through the university.A monthly subsistence allowance to cover living expenses, including books varies and is aligned to host country.Multiple and lasting opportunities to tap into global knowledge and resource networks.Access to cutting-edge information through international platforms and networks for knowledge sharing and generation.
7 Are you Eligible? Yes, if you are under 40 years of age. Yes, if you are a national of a World Bank member country eligible to borrow.Yes, if you are under 40 years of age.Yes, if you hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.Yes, if you have a superior record in previous academic work.Yes, if you have at least two years of work experience in your home country or in another developing country.Yes, if you are not a permanent resident or a national of any inindustrialized country.Yes, if you are not currently studying, residing or working in an industrialized country.More specific selection criteria are indicated in the sections for each program.
8 The Joint Japan/WB Scholarship Selection Criteria Eligible applications are assessed according to 3 main factors:academic excellenceprofessional experience; andrelevance of study programPriority is given to candidates from the public sector with a high potential to impact the development in their own countries after course completion.Priority is given to low-income country applicants.Priority placed on maintaining a reasonably wide geographical distribution of awards.Applications from female candidates are encouraged.Priority is given to candidates with more than four years of relevant, full-time professional experience.Priority is given to those candidates who, other things equal, have limited financial resources.Studies in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are encouraged. Poverty, education, gender equality, maternal health among others.Priority is given to candidates who have previous work experience in public service and strong commitment to public service.
10 Regular Program – Specific Admission Criteria TAKE NOTE! The Program DOES NOT SUPPORT:studies in the applicant’s home country.applicants for MBA, M.Phil. or Ph.D. degrees.legal studies such as J.D., L.L.M. or S.J.D. except for L.L.M.’s related to human rights, environment, or good governance.Note: The above also applies to cooperating universities in Japan
11 How to Apply: 3 Easy Steps Select course of study: applicants are encouraged to seek one or several admissions in the 36 universities listed on the JJ/WBGSP Web siteSubmit scholarship application online through the Joint Japan/ World Bank Graduate Scholarship website at or print the PDF file and send it to the Scholarship Secretariat. Applications are accepted in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Follow the submission instructions closely, including the list of requested documentation.
12 How to Apply cont’- ed 3. Submit the following supporting documents: Proof of university admission to a development-related master’s degree program in a cooperating universityProof of employment for each of the employment records listedTwo professional and two academic recommendation letterCertified copies of all university degrees and corresponding transcripts of gradesProof of nationality and date of birth (e.g. copy of passportor birth certificate)Take Note: Documents must be translated into either English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
13 Opportunity 2 –Access to 6 Cooperating Universities in Japan (Classes taught in English)Deadline: 31 March, 2009How to apply
14 ProgramPrograms at these institutions are taught in English and designed specifically for international students.6 Cooperating Universities in Japan are:Hiroshima UniversityKobe UniversityRitsumeikan UniversityRitsumeikan Asia Pacific UniversitySaitama UniversityWaseda UniversityFor University contact information visit
15 Specific Admission Criteria Applicants must meet FIRST the selected University’s own admission requirements, which often include (but are not limited to) successful achievement on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in English speaking programs.Applicants must also meet the selection criteria of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program.
16 How to Apply1. Candidates should request application materials directly from the respective university.2. Submit completed applications and application materials directly to the selected university.Japanese cooperating universities select candidates on the basis of their own admission criteria and JJ/WBGSP eligibility criteria.Final awards are made by the Steering Committee of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
17 Opportunity 3 – Partnership Programs Access to 10 Universities worldwide for tailor-made programsDeadlines vary according to individual programsHow to apply
18 Focus and Application Deadline Tailor-made programs are available in 10 universities in key areas of development that combine academic rigor with practical aspects of development policy making;Areas:Economics and Public Policy ManagementPublic Finance and Taxation PolicyInfrastructure ManagementApplication Deadlines vary and should be verified on the University’s Program Web sites.
19 AFRICA JAPAN UNITED STATES Partnership ProgramsProgram TitleProgram DurationProgram Web siteAFRICAUniv. of GhanaEconomic Policy Management12 monthsUniv. of Cocody, Côte D'IvoireUniv. Yaoundé II, CameroonMakerere Univ., UgandaJAPANKeio Univ., TokyoTaxation Policy & Management2 yearsGRIPS, TokyoTax Program ( as part of Public Finance Program)13 monthsUniv. of Tsukuba, TsukubaEconomic & Public Policy ManagementYokohama National Univ.Public Policy & Taxation“Infrastructure ManagementUNITED STATESColumbia Univ.| SIPA14 monthsHarvard Univ.| Kennedy SchoolPublic Administration
20 Specific Admission Criteria Applicants must meet FIRST the selected University’s own admission criteria, which often include (but are not limited to) successful achievement on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in English speaking programs.Applicants must also meet the eligibility and selection criteria of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program.
21 How to ApplyRequest application materials directly from the university.Send completed applications directly to the university.Partner Universities select candidates on the basis of their own admission criteria and JJ/WBGSP eligibility criteria.Final awards are made by the Steering Committee of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
22 the Scholarship Team at For more informationgo toOr contactthe Scholarship Team at
23 Resources Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Graduate Record Examination (GRE)Millennium Development Goals