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Regular Program Highlights

The Regular Program offers the greatest flexibility of all the JJ/WBGSP Programs. The Program awards scholarships to individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at any university located in a World Bank member country except their own. The applicants can propose a program of study in a wide variety of academic fields related to public policy making.

Who has applied?

63,397 individuals have applied for scholarships since the Regular Program's inception. With a few exceptions, the number of applicants from each region has increased steadily, with the largest number of applicants from the Africa region.

Who has won awards?

To date, the JJ/WBGSP has awarded 3,503 scholarships in its regular program to applicants from over 150 World Bank member countries.

Demographic breakdown for 2011 awards

While women have submitted 33.8% of total applications, the percentage of women awarded scholarships in 2011 reached 51.9%.

63.04% of the applications have come from the African Region in the year 2011. This relatively high percentage has been considered appropriate in view of Program's policy of awarding scholarships where need is greatest. The majority of applicants come from countries such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, Eritrea,  Kenya, Malawi, and Uganda.

South Asia. Applications from this region have also been high (9.91 % in 2011). Significant numbers of applications have come from such countries as Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and Nepal.

East Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Applications from this region have also been high (6.35% in 2011). Significant numbers of applications have come from such countries as Indonesia, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

The Middle East and North Africa. The applications received from this region have reached 2.89%.

Europe and Central Asia (ECA). The ECA region had the smallest portion of applicants, at 2.65%.

Where have award winners studied?

The highest number of 2011 scholarship recipients, 63%, chose to pursue their studies in Europe, followed by North America with 18% closely followed by East Asia, 13%  Most scholarship recipients studying in Europe were concentrated in France, followed by the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, while those in North America chose to study in the United States. The great majority of those studying in East Asia chose Japan.

What are scholars doing after their studies?

The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat has completed eight Tracer Studies on the classes of 1987-2010. The findings of these studies are as follows:

  • 98.8% of scholars attained the degree for which the scholarship was granted.
  • 83% of scholars are working in either their home country, or another developing country.

The Program requires that all scholars return to their home country or to another developing country after finishing their academic Program. There is three years employment restriction at the World Bank and at the IMF for the JJ/WBG scholars after the completion of their academic program.

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