The Joint Japan/World Bank Scholarship Program 2021
  • Long-term program
  • Master/PhD
  • Japan
  • Yokohama National University
  • 02 Mar 2021

The Joint Japan/World Bank Scholarship Program 2021



Yokohama National University, with a grant funded by the Government of Japan and administered by the World Bank under the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP), is now seeking prospective students for its inter-faculty Master’s Degree Program in Infrastructure Management (IMP). The program, which will begin in October 2021, is specifically designed for training infrastructure policy planners from World Bank member countries that are currently eligible to borrow. 


Interested persons should apply for admission to the Graduate School of Urban Innovation (GSUI), Yokohama National University through the online system by 2 March 2021 and send the printed documents by 10 March 2021. After screening the records of qualified candidates, the GSUI Selection Committee will select a specific number of nominees for admission to the program. The nominees should apply for final screening by the Word Bank (“Scholarship Application”) and several final passers will be accepted as IMP students and receive World Bank scholarships. Successful candidates will receive a notification to that effect before July 2021 at the latest. 


In applying for admission to the program, applicants should note that the IMP is oriented to training government officials with present or future management responsibility and an academic background in the field of engineering. Women are encouraged to apply. 


  • Scholarships are allocated to the YNU program by the World Bank. Each scholarship provides a monthly allowance (most probably JPY150, 000 – JPY 170, 000) and a round-trip air ticket to Japan plus a travel allowance. The scholarship also covers tuition fees, the entrance examination fee, the admission fee, and the insurance. 

  • Citizens of low- and middle-income World Bank member countries are eligible for the scholarships. Applicants must have at least three years of practical experience involving responsibility for infrastructure development and must also intend to pursue a career in the field of development. 

How to Apply 

Completed application form, Research Plan, and Signed checklist with completed return address labels must be printed out, and complete application packages, with all required material, must be postmarked no later than 10 March 2021 as follows. 

When applying, applicants must submit the following documents to the Infrastructure Management Program Office, Graduate School of Urban Innovation through the online system: * Completed application form; * Official transcripts showing the applicant’s academic performance in his or her undergraduate program; * Certification of Graduation or Copies of Diploma which should be including the title of Bachelor; * Names and contact information of the recommenders; 

Names of two different people must be provided to support the application. One of these must be a person who has supervised the applicant in a work situation and the other from a professor at the university from which the applicant graduated. We will later ask the two recommenders to provide a recommendation letter for the applicant electronically. For this purpose, the recommenders must use the official email addresses of the professional institutions they are affiliated to. We will not accept recommendation letters from private addresses such as Gmail or Yahoo! Mail unless there is a compelling reason to do so. * Evidence of a satisfactory level of English competence; and 

Because the entire program is carried out in English, applicants must provide evidence of a satisfactory level of English competence. If the applicants have completed a university program conducted mainly in English, enclose a certificate of English proficiency sufficient to prove the fact that the medium of instruction has been English and that the applicants have successfully completed the program. If the applicants choose to submit Official English Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL/IELTS), the only documents we accept are official TOEFL scores sent directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) or official IELTS scores sent directly by the British Council. Please refer to the TOEFL webpage at or the IELTS webpage at 

The applicants may be asked to be interviewed by YNU academic staff via Skype, primarily for the purpose of ascertaining their proficiency in English. * Research Plan (within 5 pages, including the abstract) 

Your research plan should be within 5 pages in an A4 size PDF/Word file. 
Write an abstract in the first 1/3 portion of the first page. 
Describe in detail and with specifics – particularly concerning the ultimate goal(s) of your research at YNU. 
Your academic background and research methodology should be included. 

If any forgery and false declaration are found in the application documents, the students will be subject to disciplinary action by YNU, which includes expulsion from the university, in which case the World Bank will be immediately notified and the student in question will lose all his/her scholarship entitlement, including the return airfare. 

-Complete application packages, with all required material, must be submitted no later than 10 March 2021. 

-Late applications will not be considered. 


Interested candidates, please visit the Official Link. 


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