Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

Keio University, a leading private university in Japan, established the program as one of the partnership programs of the Joint Japan /World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP). Funded by the Government of Japan and administered by the World Bank, the JJ/WBGSP is a personnel training project which awards scholarships to help developing countries strengthen their human resources.


The deadline for this scholarship has passed on 24 October 2018.

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Personnel training project for promising tax personnel in the field of tax policy and administration
Since 1996, the Graduate School of Business and Commerce of Keio University has been training promising tax personnel in the field of tax policy and administration with its Master’s Degree Program in Taxation Policy and Management. This program brings together the cooperation of Keio University, the National Tax Agency of Japan (NTA), and the World Bank in an alliance between public and private institutions.

Theoretical and practical curriculum by Keio University, the National Tax Agency of Japan (NTA)
The Graduate School of Business and Commerce of Keio University and the National Tax Agency have responded to this mission of the JJ/WBGSP by training five scholars each year in the area of tax policy and management. Participants are expected to return to their home countries to become leaders in improving taxation practices.

Terms of Scholarship

<Number of scholarship awards>
Up to five awards for the 2019 academic year – 2020 academic year
<Scholarship Period>
Two years (April 2019 to March 2021)<Scholarship Benefits>
  • A Monthly stipend: JPY 152,000   *To cover all living expenses (accommodations, food, etc., including books).
  • Application Fee, Admission Fee, and Tuition
  • Economy-class air travel between your home country and Japan at the start of your study program at Keio and immediately following the end of the scholarship period. In addition to the two-way air travel, scholars will receive a USD500 travel allowance for each trip;
The JJ/WBGSP scholarship does NOT cover:
  • VISA application(s) costs
  • Expenses to bring and/or support a scholar’s family members;
  • Extra-curricular courses or training;
  • Language training not provided by the graduate program;
  • Additional travel during the course of the study program;
  • Expenses related to research, supplementary educational materials, field trips, participation in workshops/seminars, or internships; or
  • Educational equipment such as computers.

Application Criteria

  • Be a national of a Bank member country that is eligible to receive Bank financing and not be a national of any country that is not eligible to receive the Bank financing. For the list of eligible World Bank countries, see eligible country listPDF.
  • Not hold dual citizen of any developed country.
  • Be in good health with respect to the capacity to be a productive scholar for the duration of the Graduate Program, as certified by a medical doctor.
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with superior academic achievement earned at least three (3) years  prior to the Scholarship Application Deadline.
  • Not received any scholarship funding to earn a Graduate degree or its equivalent from any sources funded by the government of Japan.
  • Be employed in a paid and full time position at the time of the Scholarship Application Deadline unless the applicant is from a country identified in the World Bank’s “Harmonized List of Fragile Situations”.
  • Have, by  the time of  the Scholarship Application Deadline, at  least three(3)years of recent full time paid professional experience in the field of tax policy and administration at a public body after a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the applicant’s home country or in another developing country; If the applicant is from a country identified in the World Bank’s “Harmonized List of Fragile Situations” at the time of the Scholarship Application Deadline, the recent professional experience does not have to be full time or paid.
  • Not be  an  Executive Director,  his / her alternate, staff of  the World  Bank Group(the  World Bank, International Development Association, International Finance Corporation, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes), or a close relative of the aforementioned by blood or adoption with the term “close relative” defined as: Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew.
  • Accepted to the University unconditionally or conditionally only upon securing financing.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English language at the level of a TOEFL score of 79 (iBT) or  better, or an IELTS score of 6.0 or better.
  • Meet any other criteria for admission established by Keio University.
  • Applicants must not be currently pursuing a Master’s or Ph.D. program in industrialized countries.
  • Applicants must not have had one or more years of training / studies and / or residency in an industrialized  country.
  • Applicants must not be permanent residents / nationals of industrialized countries.

Application Procedure

  • Applications are accepted upon completion of Online Registration and Submission of Application Documents.
  • Online Registration must be completed by October 24, 2018.
  • Application documents must be submitted by mail and must reach the Keio University by October 31, 2018We do not accept applications via fax or email.
  • Send the original copy of the application documents. Copies of the application will not be accepted.
  • Please make a copy of all the application documents for your records. The World Bank may ask you to submit the copy in the selection process by the World Bank.
  • Late applications and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Keio will not notify applicants of missing  documents.
  • Application documents may also be downloaded from the homepage of the Master’s Degree Program in Taxation Policy and  Management.
  • Applicants who have applied for a program offered by Keio and have passed the selection process by Keio will be asked to complete additional online application by the World Bank, which will make the final admission  decision.
For the details of a selection process by the World Bank, please refer to

Application Deadline

Online Registration

Online Registartion must be completed by October 24, 2018.
*After completing Online Registration, please submit your Application Documents to JJ/WBGSP Office at Keio.

Application Documents

(1)  Application CHECKLIST*
(2)  Application form (5 pages)*
(3)  Two letters of recommendation* [from two people who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s professional experience]
(4)  Letter of recommendation [from university professor]*  (optional)
(5)  Medical certificate*
(6)  TOEFL or IELTS results [other certifications are NOT acceptable]
(7)  Transcript of records [Original or certified by the university]
(8)  Diploma / certificate of graduation [Original or certified by the university]
(9)  True copy of passport, birth certificate or any OFFICIAL document showing the date of birth of the applicant
(10) Proof of Employment

Documents (2)-(4) must be typed in.

Please make a copy of all the application documents for your records. The World Bank may ask you to submit the copy in the selection process by the World Bank.

Application Guidebook and Application Form

Application guidebook and forms can be downloaded:

Before you fill in the application form, please read the guidebook carefully. Please make sure to type or print legibly with black or blue ink. Application documents should be single-sided. If you wish to receive a copy of application guidebook and forms by air mail, please copy the following form and send it to ic-jjwbgsp[a] Please note that it takes one or two weeks that you obtain the package.

Email title: JJ/WBSGP Application Guidebook Request

  • Title (Ms./Mr.)
  • Given name
  • Last name
  • Address
  • Country
  • Telephone number: (please indicate the country code)
  • Fax number: (please indicate the country code)
  • Email address


  • All students admitted to the Master’s Degree Program in Taxation Policy and Management at Keio University will receive a Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship.
  • The maximum period of funding is two years.
  • The award may not be deferred or extended for any reason.
  • At the conclusion of the program, recipients of the JJ/WBGSP scholarship must return to their home countries, where they will apply their enhanced knowledge and skills to help accelerate the pace of economic and social development. Therefore, you cannot expect to pursue a Ph.D program.
  • If a student fails to obtain the master’s degree within the above scholarship period, return airfare will not be provided.
  • The JJ/WBGSP does not allow multiple awards from other funding agencies. I f awarded a partial scholarship from other funding agencies or universities, the student must provide the JJ/WBGSP with detailed information about this scholarship.
  • Applicants should have demonstrable assurance of re-employment by an appropriate tax-related public body in their home country upon program completion.
  • Priority consideration will be given to applicants who are officials of tax administration in active service.
  • After graduation, alumni shall keep in touch with Keio and the World Bank.


Application documents should be sent to the following address.

c/o International Center, Keio University
2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345 JAPAN

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6 thoughts on “Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program”

  1. The scholarship program looks authentic, but the problem is how to submit the documents directly in the office at Japan. no E-mail accepted??

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