Studying abroad is the dream of many people, but sometimes it can be frustrated by the financial aspects that it implies. For this reason, several institutions offer scholarship programs, to help develop talents without the financial aspect being an obstacle. Among these institutions is the World Bank, which has a scholarship program for master’s students , so that they, in turn, contribute to development issues in their countries of origin. Therefore, if you are looking for financial aid to study abroad and you are also highly interested in development issues, especially economic and social, this scholarship could be for you .
The Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP) helps students from developing countries and Japanese to pursue their master’s studies related to development issues. You can apply for this scholarship if you plan to take any of the 30 preferred programs, or for any of the 10 partner programs , but you should keep in mind that the application process is different between them. One of the limitations of the scholarship is that the master’s program must be carried out in a country outside your country of citizenship and / or residence and, upon completion of your studies, you agree to return to your country of origin to use the skills and knowledge obtained to contribute to social and economic development.
To begin, the first requirement that you need to meet to be a candidate for the scholarship is to be a national of a developing country that is a member of the World Bank from a list provided on the official website , as well as not having dual citizenship of a developed country. . To mention some countries whose nationals are eligible for this scholarship: Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Because through this program the scholarship seeks to promote the development of the countries, you must have a full-time position related to development at the time of applying for the scholarship. You must also be in good health and have a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) awarded at least 3 years before the application deadline. Also, you must not be a member or close relative by blood or adoption of any member of the World Bank group. Likewise, you must have the letter of acceptance to the program of your choice before or on the scholarship application deadline and you must be unconditional, except for the financing, since the letter is sent before submitting your application.
As explained before, the application process for preferred programs and partner programs are different. Therefore, if you plan to apply to a preferred program, you will have to meet all the requirements described above and an online application; The latter will consist of two letters of recommendation and the completion of an application form. In the form you will access the conditions of the scholarship and you must include scanned copies of a document that shows that you meet the work requirement related to development and time working, the most advanced university and postgraduate degree if applicable, CV written in English or in the language of the program to which it was applied, and a letter of unconditional admission. Once this application process has been completed, you should receive an email confirming that your application form has been submitted and received.
However, if you are interested in one or more partner programs, you must apply to each of them. After receiving applications, each of the partner master’s programs will identify eligible scholarship candidates and will receive an invitation to apply for the scholarship.
On the other hand, the benefits that this scholarship offers are air travel in economy class at the beginning of the program and at the end of the scholarship between the country of origin and the country where the studies will be carried out, a subsidy of US $ 500 for each trip, tuition for the program, cost of basic medical insurance provided by the university, and monthly living expenses as long as the fellow is on campus. Said benefits will be granted for the entire duration of the program or 2 years, depending on which is the lesser. However, they are complementary, so if you are a semi-finalist or a recipient of the scholarship, you will have to inform if you have other sources of financial support .
Take into account that, if your purpose is to work abroad, this scholarship may not be the most suitable for your goals. On the other hand, if your goal is to contribute to the economic and social development of your Nation, you meet the requirements and are interested in any of the partner or preferred programs, do not hesitate to apply for this scholarship. In the case of preferred programs, you will have until April 23, 2020 to submit your application, so you still have time to apply!