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The World Bank Scholarships Program 2021-2022

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The World Bank has just announced its Masters scholarship program for students from selected developing countries for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The World Bank Scholarship Program offers scholarships to international students wishing to continue their education in one of the 48 participating programs at a university in the United States , in Europe, Africa, Oceania and Japan and in key areas of development, including economic policy management, fiscal policy and infrastructure management.

Please note that you should apply separately to any of these 48 programs on the official website of the responsible university.

World Bank Scholarship Program Details

LEVEL: Master
DEADLINE: May 21, 2021.
FINANCING: Full (Travel + Tuition Fees + Allowance …)
HOST COUNTRY: At the choice of the candidate (USA, Canada, France, Japan …)
ELIGIBLE COUNTRY: Below is the list:

Africa : Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, DR Congo, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Asia : Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Honduras, Iraq, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Palestine, Yemen.

Europe : Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic.

America : Nicaragua, Venezuela.

Benefits of World Bank Scholarships

The scholarship offers the recipient the following benefits:

  • Round-trip air travel between your home country and the host university;
  • In addition to airline tickets, a travel allowance of US $500 for each trip;
  • Tuition fee exemption;
  • Basic medical coverage;
  • Accommodation on campus,
  • A monthly allowance, the amount of which varies depending on the host country.
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Master programs available

Please note that you should apply separately to one of these 48 programs on the official website of the relevant university and be admitted to be considered for the scholarship:

Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand) Sustainable Energy Transition </ td >
Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand) Water Engineering and Management
Australian National University (Australia) Climate Change
Australian National University (Australia) Environmental and Resource Economics
Australian National University (Australia) Environmental Management and Development
Australian National University (Australia) Public Administration
Australian National University (Australia) Public Policy 
Brandeis University (USA) Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development
Brandeis University (USA) Conflict Resolution and Coexistence
Brandeis University (USA) Global Health Policy and Management
University of Carinthia (Austria) Management of Conservation Areas
University Columbia (USA) School of International and Public Affairs – Economic Policy Management
University Columbia (USA) Public Policy
University Columbia (USA) Development Practice
Cornell University (USA) Professional Studies in Global Development
Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands) Urban Management and Development
Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (UK) Public Administration in International Development
IHE Delft Institute (Netherlands) Environmental Science and Technology
IHE Delft Institute (Netherlands) Sanitation
IHE Delft Institute (Netherlands) Water Management and Governance
University chrétienne internationale (RD Congo) Public Economics
Johns Hopkins University (USA)  Master of Public Health – International Health and Epidemiology
Keio University (Japan) Business and Commerce & Taxation Policy and Management
Kobe Institute of Computing (Japan) Information Systems
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) Data, Economics and Development Policy
Meiji University (Japan) Public Policy
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) (Japan) Tax Course of the Public Finance Program
Pennsylvania State University (USA) Architectural Engineering
Saitama University (Japan) International Graduate Program on Civil and Environmental Engineering
SOAS University of London (UK) International Finance and Development
University of Birmingham (UK) Conflict, State Building and Development
University of British Columbia (Canada) International Forestry
University of California-Berkeley (USA) Master of Development Practice
Université Clermont-Auvergne FERDI (France) Master in Economic Policy Management
Université Félix Houphouët Boigny (France) Economic Policy Management Program
University of Hong Kong (China) Urban Design (MUD)
University for Peace (United Nations) Peace Education
University of Reading (UK) Agriculture and Development
University of Reading (UK) Climate Change and Development
University of Reading (UK) Development Finance
University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) (Japan) Master of Public Policy, International Program
University of Tokyo (Japan) International Program on Agricultural Development Studies (Global Agricultural Sciences)
University of Tsukuba (Japan) Master’s Program in Economic and Public Policy
University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) Educational Policy Studies
University of Wollongong (Australia) Education (TESOL)
Vrije Universiteit (Netherlands) Health Systems Policy and Management
Williams College (USA) Master of Arts in Policy Economics
Yokohama National University (Japan) Infrastructure Management Program
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Eligibility criteria

The candidate must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member country (list above);
  • Not have the dual nationality of a developed country;
  • Not be a staff of the World Bank and not be a close relative;
  • Hold an undergraduate degree (or equivalent university degree) obtained at least three years
    before the application deadline.
  • Have at least three years of paid development related employment. The only exception to this criterion is for nationals of developing countries of a country that is on the list of fragile and conflict states. In these exceptional cases, consideration will be given to the limited employment opportunities in the countries listed.
  • On or before the scholarship application deadline, have been admitted unconditionally to one of the participating master’s programs (list below) and located outside the applicant’s country of citizenship and residence.

The following countries are considered fragile and in conflict (and therefore exempt from point (5) of the eligibility criteria): Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, DR Congo, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iraq, Kiribati, Kosovo, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Venezuela, Palestine, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

The candidate must have a degree (or work) related to one of the following fields:

  1. Finance, competitiveness and innovation
  2. Governance
  3. Macroeconomics, trade and investment
  4. Poverty reduction and equity / shared prosperity
  5. Education
  6. Health, nutrition and population
  7. Social protection and employment
  8. Agriculture and food
  9. Climate change
  10. Environment and natural resources
  11. Social, urban, rural and resilience
  12. Water
  13. Energy and extractive
  14. Infrastructure
  15. Development in a context of fragility, conflict and violence
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How to apply for the World Bank scholarship

The call for applications will open March 22, 2021, and the deadline for applications will be May 21, 2021.

All scholarship applicants will need to have an unconditional offer of admission from a participating program to be eligible.

The application form will be available from March 22, 2021. In the meantime, the candidate must apply to the master’s program of his choice.

The guide for the 2021 call for applications, including: the instructions and requirements for submitting an application, the eligibility criteria that applicants must meet; and the selection process are provided in the application guidelines , the FAQ and the full list of participating programs are available for download.


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