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Partnership Programs


The JJ/WBGSP supports 16 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, tax policy, or infrastructure management. The Programs seek promising candidates from the public sector in developing countries, such as central banks and ministries of finance and planning. All Partnership Programs lead to a master's degree. The Programs are described below:

Programs in Japan

Six programs are located in Japan. All are taught in English.
  • A program on Public Finance at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS);
  • A program in Tax Policy and Management at Keio University;
  • A new Public Policy, International Program at University of Tokyo;
  • Two programs at University of Tsukuba: one in Economic Policy Management and one in International Public Policy; and
  • Two programs at Yokohama National University, one in Infrastructure Management and one in Public Policy and Taxation.

Programs in the United States

There are two programs in the United States:

  • A program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM) at Columbia University. This was the first partnership program for the Scholarship Program; and
  • A master's degree Program in Public Administration, International Development at Harvard University

Programs in Africa

There are seven partnership programs in Economic Policy Management in Africa, sponsored jointly with the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). Three of the programs are in Anglophone Africa, three in Francophone Africa, and one in Lusophone Africa.




  • University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique

Application Process

Requests for application materials and completed applications for all Partnership Programs should be directed to the respective university.

  • Columbia, Harvard, Keio University, GRIPS, University of Tokyo, Yokohama National University Taxation Program, and the seven programs in Africa accept new students each year; and
  • The University of Tsukuba and Yokohama National University Infrastructure Program admit students every other year.
The funding for the Partnership Programs comes from the same source as the funding for the Regular Program: the Government of Japan. The Secretariat is very pleased that the Government of Japan continues to make it possible for the Developing Country Applicants and Partnership Programs to grow simultaneously.



































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