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As the World Bank intensifies its focus on building the capacity of countries to make well-informed decisions and carry out effective socioeconomic reforms, the JJ/WBGSP is an invaluable resource for building skills and imparting competencies that are necessary to prosper in the highly interconnected and competitive global economy.

Training human resources for the developing world is a major contribution to the sustainable economic development of these countries and the key element for success in the fight against poverty.

Now in its 25th year, the Regular Program has awarded 3,503 scholarships, selected from 63,397 applicants. In addition, 1,380 scholarships have been awarded in the various JJ/WBGSP Partnership Programs for a total of 4,883.

About two-thirds of the scholars are from humble and poor backgrounds.

JJ/WBGSP Scholars
Over 75% of the scholars are experienced public servants; many have worked in high decision-making capacities. 

Scholars study in challenging socio-economic development themes, including:

  • Economics
  • Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Public Policy/International Development
  • Public Health
  • Urban/Regional Planning
  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Population, and
  • Rural Development

The JJ/WBGSP supports 11 Partnership Programs with universities around the world. These programs enable scholars to receive specialized training in key areas of development, such as economic policy management or infrastructure management. 906 scholars have studied Partner Universities.

Dear Scholars! Welcome to the JJ/WBGSP Community. You will have an opportunity to be in touch with other scholars and alumni, to promote the exchange of knowledge and experience among JJ/WBGSP alumni, scholars, and potential Program applicants.

Members of JJ/WBGSP Community have an opportunity

  • to participate in the on-line discussions
  • to facilitate the international exchange of information on your student's experience, research, development, and practice
  • to enhance knowledge and professional skills through interaction with colleagues around the world
  • to access to the World Bank on-line library

I. JJ/WBGSP has created a Discussion Forumto stimulate the growth of ideas, knowledge sharing, and practical solutions which can contribute towards the improvement of the projects' work and benefit the capacity building in the developing countries.

The Discussion Forum is an interactive space where you can initiate a debate on the current and emerging development topics and issues, explore opportunities of knowledge sharing, share ideas and experience with JJ/WBGSP scholars and alumni as well as highly qualified mid-career professionals around the world, volunteer to be an advisor or request assistance from your colleagues from other regions on development-related issues.

II. Dear JJ/WBGSP scholars! You are welcome to present your CV, your credentials, and your story to the Program community and other interested people.

If you are interested in having your CV published on the JJ/WBGSP website, please submit it to .You can submit one page of information (up to 2000 characters, including spaces), along with your photo, if available.

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Attention! When preparing your CV for submission, please use Template and Recommendations for Curriculum Vitae for JJ/WBGSP Scholars and Alumni. For details please look through the JJ/WBGSP alumni CVsthat have been published on the scholarships website.

You can submit one page of information (up to 2000 characters, including spaces), along with your photo, if available.

III. The JJWBGSP has established seven Regional Alumni Coordinators(RACs) in the World Bank Group regions to

  • create a network of policy makers in the developing world;
  • disseminate program information, publications and application forms, and
  • arrange regional meeting, seminars, and intellectual activities.

You are encouraged to communicate with your regional alumnus and coordinate with him/her.

IV. We are also hoping that you will send us your most recent contact information, address, tel. number, fax number, and e-mail address.

Contact information:

The World Bank
Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
1818 H Street, NW - MSN J4-402
Washington, DC 20433
Tel.:+1 (202) 473-6849:
Fax:+1 (202) 522-4036

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