The JJ/WBGSP Regular Program sponsors graduate studies leading to a master’s degree from universities around the world. Students applying to the regular program may study at host universities in World Bank member countries, with the exception of their home countries. The program supports master’s degree studies in any development-related field. Common fields of study have included economics, public policy, sustainable development (including natural resources and environmental management), agriculture and rural development, urban and regional planning, infrastructure, and health, population, and education.
Since 1987, JJ/WBGSP scholars have studied in more than 400 universities around the world.
Applicants to the regular program are encouraged to apply for study at universities identified in our Preferred Universities list:
I. To see the list of all Preferred Universities (A-Z) click here.
II. To see the list of countries (A-Z) where Preferred Universities are located click here or select the country from the following menu:
Countries where the universities are located
Universities in Japan with English-language Program
Starting in 2008, the JJ/WBGSP established a cooperative relationship with a number of universities in Japan. These universities have strong academic departments dedicated to development studies and offer master’s degree programs taught in English.
Applicants wishing to take advantage of this special opportunity to study development in Japan should contact the universities directly to request application materials for the university, and then apply to the JJ/WBGSP as you would for the regular program.
The JJ/WBGSP sponsors 16 Partnership Programs with universities around the world. Interested applicants should apply to these programs directly. The partnership university will submit the applications to the JJ/WBGSP Secretariat.
Experience on Program Studies
To learn more about JJWBGSP scholars’ studies and lives on campus at the different universities and programs, visit the experience and impressions pages. You will be able to find the following information:
what kind of problems scholars encounter and how to overcome them;
what kind of help they get from the University orientation programs (if there are any), students societies to facilitate the adjustment to the students' life;
what kind of knowledge future applicants should possess to be prepared for their studies, (e.g., language of instruction and how to improve your own language skills);
what traits future applicants should have to be able to overcome obstacles when adjusting to new situations (e.g., whether they have to be proactive; develop independence, and so on).