The World Bank Scholarship Program contributes to the World Bank Group’s mission of forging new dynamic approaches to capacity development and knowledge sharing in the developing world. Since 1982, the program has helped to form a pool of over 6,000 well trained and experienced development professionals, transforming their countries and positively impacting future generations.
Since 1982, the program has helped to form a pool of over 6,000 well-trained and experienced development professionals, transforming their countries and positively impacting future generations. It is an important component of the group’s efforts to promote economic development and shared prosperity through investing in education and developing human resources in the developing world.
The World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030. One is to end extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3%. Second is to promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country.
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It provides low interest loans, zero to low interest credits and grants to developing countries.
The World Bank supports a wide array of investments such as education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development. There are two sources of funding for the World Bank Scholarship Program that were designed and dedicated to fund graduate studies in development related fields for midcareer professionals and researchers.
Japan/ World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)
Joint Japan/ World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program graduate studies 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 a master degree program in development related topic.
The JJWBGSP scholarship provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance plus the following benefits
- Economy class air travel between your home country and the host university at the start of your study program and immediately following the end of the scholarship period. In addition to the two way air travel, scholars 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.
How to apply
Applicants can apply for scholarships to both Preferred and Partner Programs. The process to apply to a Preferred Program and to a Partner Program may differ. Here are the different list of Partnership Programs
Public Policy/ Administration Program
Harvard University, https://www.hks.harvard.edu/educational-programs/masters-programs/master-public-administration-international-development
University of Tokyo, http://www.pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/mppip/
Economic Policy Management
University of Tsukoba,
Columbia University, https://sipa.columbia.edu/academics/programs/mpa-economic-policy-management
Makerere University, http://bams.mak.ac.ug/
University of Ghana, http://admission.ug.edu.gh/applying/postgraduate/graduate-academic-programmes
University of Zambia, https://www.unza.zm
Universite de Kinshasa, http://unikin.sciences.free.fr/
Universite de Yaonde II, www.gpeyaounde.org
Universite De Cocody, http://gpe-afrique.net/gpe/welcome
Public Finance/ Tax Policy
Yokohama National University, http://www.economics.ynu.ac.jp/ppt/index.html
Keio University, http://www.ic.keio.ac.jp/en/study/jjwbgsp/index.html
Yokohama National University, http://www.urban.ynu.ac.jp/imp/
You can also view the following PDFs here
Partnership Program ScholarshipJapan World Bank PartnershipPrograms Art5
Further reading, http://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/scholarships
Preferred Program ScholarshipJapan World Bank Preferred Programs Art5
Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program (RSMFP)
The Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program has enabled PhD candidates from developing countries to undertake research at institutions abroad. RSMFP provides up to $25,000 (U.S.) for developing country nationals to travel abroad to conduct development-related PhD research under the supervision of a host advisor at a university, research or development institution in a World Bank member country.
Scholarship covers a 6 to 10 month period. Details on eligible expenditures is provided in the Application Guidelines. The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program provides support to young researchers working in academic and research institutions from eligible countries preparing a doctoral dissertation.
Two qualified reviewers independently review each eligible application to assess the following
1) Quality of the proposed fellowship (70%)
2) Prospects for a productive career in research post-PhD (30%)
Information provided by your PhD thesis supervisor and your host institution research advisor are particularly important elements of your application.
Submit your application to
The Partnership or Preferred List in PDFs above
The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433
Telephone: +1 202 473 1000