The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme for 2012-2013 is now open to postgraduate students from developing countries to study for masters degrees in Japan. The the World Bank and the Government of Japan jointly sponsor the Scholarships. The World Bank annually awards five scholarships to the Public Policy & Taxation (PPT) program.
The first level of screening of candidates will be done at Yokohama National University while the World Bank will make the final decision regarding scholarship recipients. Scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply the knowledge and skills they acquired to help accelerate the pace of economic and social development after the programme.
Applicants should:

  • be between the age of 25 and 45;
  • be nationals of a World Bank borrowing member country;
  • be mid-career professionals in public service;
  • be of good character, a team player and active in extracurricular activities;
  • hold, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a development-related field; and
  • have at least four years of recent full-time professional experience in a field related to economic development or public policy, in the applicant’s home country or in another developing country

Ineligible Candidates

  • those currently pursuing a master’s or PhD programme in industrialized countries;
  • those who have had one or more years of training/studies and/residency in an industrialized country
  • permanent residents/nationals of industrialized countries

Scholarship Worth

  • The scholarship covers a monthly allowance of JPY170,000 (the amount is subject to change), which is intended to cover living, commuting and other incidental expenses during the student’s study period.
  • a round-trip air ticket to Japan plus a travel allowance of JPY60,000.
  • In addition, the scholarship covers tuition, entrance examination and admission fees.
  • Travel expenses for some program-sponsored field trips are also included.

Scholarship Duration
The next scholarship program runs from April 2012 to March 2014. This cannot be changed under any circumstances.

How to Apply

In packaging your application, you should include the following:

  • Evidence of your English language proficiency, preferably a test result(TOEFL/IELTS)
  • GRE (not compulsory but will give you an edge)
  • Statement of purpose (1,200 words or less)
  • Official academic transcript (Only an official transcript in a sealed envelope issued by your university or school will be accepted)
  • Two letters of recommendation (One must be from a supervisor at your workplace, and the other must be from a faculty member of the university from which you obtained your bachelor’s degree.)
  • Application Form, which will be mailed to you when you request for it through email

To receive your original application form, contact them at:
MPE Office
Email: [email protected]
Fax +81-45-339-3608
Deadline: September 30, 2011
For more information, scholarship conditions, and to apply, visit their website by clicking here.