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1 Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program offers
Scholarships at universities worldwide for mid-career professionals Advancing Your Professional Excellence for Development Matters Public Information Center Contact: 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-countries To 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 Professionals Opportunity 1 – Regular (worldwide) Master’s Degree Studies related to Development Deadline: 31 March 2009 Opportunity 2 – Cooperating Universities in Japan only Opportunity 3 - Partnerships Tailor-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 Japan 3. Partnership Programs Universities Universities 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 map 4 in Africa (2 in French, 2 in English) 4 in Japan ( in English) 2 in USA ( in English) Field of Study Field of study needs to relate to development Tailor-made, preidentified fields of study in Economic and Public Policy Infrastructure Management Tax Policy Degree Master’s Degree Duration Varies according to selected program and university (max. duration 24 months) Varies between 12 & 24 months depending on Partnership Univ. Eligibility Based on JJ/WBGSP criteria Based on university & JJ/WBGSP criteria Based on University & JJ/WBGSP criteria

5 Opportunities Offered at a Glance cont’- ed
Regular Program (worldwide) 2. Cooperating Universities in Japan 3. Partnership Programs Application Deadline March 31, 2009 Deadlines vary- check on University Web sites Application Procedures Apply online to the World Bank at or download and print PDF form and send it to the Scholarship Secretariat Requests 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 slide Awards Full 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; and one 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 in industrialized 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 excellence professional experience; and relevance of study program Priority 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.

9 Opportunity 1 – Regular Study opportunities worldwide 36 universities Deadline: 31 March, 2009 How to Apply

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 site Submit 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 university Proof of employment for each of the employment records listed Two professional and two academic recommendation letter Certified copies of all university degrees and corresponding transcripts of grades Proof of nationality and date of birth (e.g. copy of passport or 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, 2009 How to apply

14 Program Programs at these institutions are taught in English and designed specifically for international students. 6 Cooperating Universities in Japan are: Hiroshima University Kobe University Ritsumeikan University Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Saitama University Waseda University For 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 Apply 1. 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 programs Deadlines vary according to individual programs How 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 Management Public Finance and Taxation Policy Infrastructure Management Application Deadlines vary and should be verified on the University’s Program Web sites.

19 AFRICA JAPAN UNITED STATES
Partnership Programs Program Title Program Duration Program Web site AFRICA Univ. of Ghana Economic Policy Management 12 months Univ. of Cocody, Côte D'Ivoire Univ. Yaoundé II, Cameroon Makerere Univ., Uganda JAPAN Keio Univ., Tokyo Taxation Policy & Management 2 years GRIPS, Tokyo Tax Program ( as part of Public Finance Program) 13 months Univ. of Tsukuba, Tsukuba Economic & Public Policy Management Yokohama National Univ. Public Policy & Taxation Infrastructure Management UNITED STATES Columbia Univ.| SIPA 14 months Harvard Univ.| Kennedy School Public 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 Apply Request 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 information go to Or contact the Scholarship Team at

23 Resources Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Millennium Development Goals


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