The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)

The World Bank’s Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) offers scholarships to citizens of eligible developing countries to undertake study at universities renowned for their development research and teaching in key development areas.

Since 1987, JJWBGSP has enabled more than 6,000 mid-career professionals from 160 developing countries to complete graduate degrees in development-related fields. On an annual basis, the Government of Japan solely funds the JJWBGSP. You may find more detailed information here.

Collaborating with ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, the World Bank offers the JJ/WBGSP Scholarships to applicants who meet ANU admission requirements and receive unconditional offers to study at Crawford School’s participating programs.

Participating programs

Pre-application requirements

Before your application for the JJ/WBGSP starts, you need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Check if you are from one of the eligible developing countries. Visit the World Bank’s website for details: Countries eligible for JJ/WBGSP
  2. Find if you meet World Bank’s eligibility criteria. You may find the criteria by visiting the World Bank’s Who is Eligible to Apply.
  3. Meet the ANU admission requirements and receive an unconditional offer from ANU for one of the eligible programs at Crawford School as listed above.
  4. Submit online application at the application protocol.

Application open time

The call for applications for a JJWBGSP Scholarship will open on March 22 2021, and the deadline for applying will be May 21, 2021.

Please understand that JJ/WBGSP scholarship is very competitive and they only have five (5) slots available for 2022 for each participating program.

Important note: Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.


The following documents must be submitted by email to by Friday 7 May 2021 to receive a response before the JJ/WBGSP applications close:

  1. Hard copy application documents Cover sheet: Application Documents
    International Coursework Direct Application Form

  2. Colour scanned copies of original transcripts, including the institution grading scale

  3. Colour scanned copy of proof of completion

  4. Current CV

  5. Proof of English language (date of test must be within two years of date of application to ANU )

  6. Translation of documents to English. If your previous degree(s) was NOT taught in the English language medium, you must include a certified English translation of your academic transcripts. Original documents that are not in English must be translated by a registered translator who is registered to translate the document language to and from English. You must submit copies of both the original language documents and the English translation. Refer to the following link for further details:

You may wish to have assistance with your application and can retain the services of an agent, please note agent fees may apply. You can search for an ANU Agents at:

Selection processes

You will find the following selection processes by visiting the World Bank website linked here.

The JJ/WBGSP uses the following process to review eligible scholarship applications from developing country nationals, with the aim of identifying the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, to impact the development of their countries.

Two qualified assessors independently review each eligible application and score the application on a scale of 1 to 10, taking into account four main factors and the degree of cohesion among them:

  1. Quality of Professional Experience (30% weight)
  2. Quality of Professional Recommendations (30% weight)
  3. Quality of Commitment to your Home Country (30% weight)
  4. Quality of Education Background (10% weight)

The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat uses the average score of the two assessors and the following criteria to select the finalists:

  • Maintaining a reasonably wide geographical distribution of awards
  • Maintaining a reasonable distribution of awards across gender
  • Unusual circumstances/hardships, when assessing the employment experience and other aspects of an application;
  • Giving scholarships to those applicants who, other things being equal, have limited access to financial resources for graduate studies abroad.

The JJWBGSP Secretariat presents the finalists for the Participating Program scholarship to the JJ/WBG Steering Committee (composed of members of the World Bank Board of Directors and WB management) for approval. Winners are notified soon after the JJWBG Steering Committee approval.

Scholarship benefits

You will find the following scholarship benefits by visiting the World Bank website as linked here.

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides the recipient with 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 obtained through the university.
  • While on campus during the scholarship period, a monthly subsistence allowance to cover all living expenses (accommodations, food, etc., including books). The amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.

Please note all JJ/WBGSP scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or two years, whichever is less.

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship does not cover:

  • VISA application(s) costs
  • Expenses to bring and/or support a scholar’s family members;
  • Extra-curricular courses or training;
  • Courses that do not meet the minimum credits required to earn the graduate degree;
  • Language training not provided by the graduate program;
  • Additional travel during the course of the study program;
  • Expenses related to research, supplementary educational materials, field trips, participation in workshops/seminars, or internships; or
  • Educational equipment such as computers.
  • Resident permit fee

Note: The JJ/WBGSP scholarship may only supplement, and does not duplicate, any other source of financial support/fellowship you might have. If you are notified to be a semi-finalist or if you are awarded a scholarship, you must inform and document to the JJ/WBGSP at that time if you have other sources of scholarship funds.

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Updated:  21 June 2021/Responsible Officer:  Crawford Engagement/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team