World Bank Scholarships Program

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The World Bank Scholarship programme began in 1982. Students are able to undertake graduate studies in subjects related to economic development. There are two kinds of scholarship currently available on a very competitive basis: 1.The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) provides funding up to US$25,000 to developing country nationals who are PhD candidates in developing countries and working in academic and research institutions in a developing country, who want to conduct some of their PhD research abroad for a period of 6-10 months.

2. The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to one of a pre-determined set of master degree programs in a development-related topic, including over 200 Preferred Programs spanning a wide array of development topics and for 14 Partner Programs at universities in U.S., Africa and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management. If you are eligible for this scholarship only if you are admitted to one of these preferred or partnership programs.

After earning their degree, developing country scholars commit to return to their home country to use their new skills and contribute to their countries’ social and economic development.

A JJWBGSP scholarship provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance. View a detailed list of benefits.

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.

Broadly speaking, Developing Country nationals must: •Be a national of a World Bank member developing country; •Not hold dual citizenship of any developed country; •Be in good health; •Hold a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to the Application Deadline date; •Have 3 years or more of recent development-related work experience after earning a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree; •Be employed in development-related work in a paid full- time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application. The only exception to this criterion is for developing country nationals from a country that will be on the updated list of Fragile and Conflict States provided to applicants in the Application Guidelines for each call for scholarships. •On or before the Scholarship Application Deadline date, be admitted unconditionally (except for funding) for the upcoming academic year to at least one of the JJ/WBGSP preferred university master’s programs and located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence listed at the time the call for scholarship applications open. The letter of admission must be uploaded before submitting your application. •Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of any type of appointment of the World Bank Group or a close relative of the aforementioned.

Go to for details on how to apply to either preferred and/or partner master degree programs.

External links

  • World Bank scholarship website
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