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Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)
In 1987, the World Bank, with funding from the Japanese Government, established the World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (WBGSP) for graduate studies in subjects related to economic development. The program awards scholarships to individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at universities renowned for their development research and teaching. The World Bank expects the scholars to return to their home countries on completion of their study programs and apply their enhanced knowledge and skills to accelerate the pace of economic and social development.
Eligibility: Nationals of a World Bank member-country, preferably under the age of 40, with a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in a development-related field, attained with superior grades. Also required is at least two years of full-time professional experience in a field related to economic development, in the applicant's home country or in another developing country, and usually in public service.
Subject: Any subject related to development including economics, business, management, etc. Priority is given to countries that are currently eligible to borrow from the World Bank; Women; Applicants with few other resources and from lower income groups; and Applicants who have no opportunities for graduate study outside their home country.
Length of study: 1 year (may be extended to a second year, depending on satisfactory academic performance).