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Selection Process

JJ/WBGSP uses the following process to review completed applications, with the aim to identify the candidates with the highest potential after completion of their graduate study to impact the development of their country through the public and/or private sector delivery of public goods and services.


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

(i) Quality of Professional Experience (30% weight)

(ii) Quality of Professional Recommendations (30% weight)

(iii) Quality of commitment to your home country (30% weight)

(iv) Quality of Education Background (10% weight)


The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat uses the average score of the two reviewers and the following other aspects of JJ/WBGSP’s objectives to select the finalists:

· maintaining a reasonably wide geographical distribution of awards, that takes into account the geographic distribution of eligible applications

· maintaining a reasonable distribution of awards across gender that takes into account the distribution of eligible applications across gender

· giving scholarships to those applicants who, other things equal, appear to have limited financial resources, and who have not received scholarship funding from other Government of Japan sources

The finalists are then requested to provide supplemental documentation (Please see “ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF FINALISTS FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP” in the Application Guidelines), and indicate if they have received scholarship funding from other Government of Japan sources.

Based on this information, the finalists are identified and presented to the JJ/WBG Steering Committee (composed of members of the World Bank Board of Directors and WB management) for final review and selection of the winners of the award. The Secretariat informs the scholarship winners by end July.

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