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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
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.
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|
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:
- Finance, competitiveness and innovation
- Macroeconomics, trade and investment
- Poverty reduction and equity / shared prosperity
- Health, nutrition and population
- Social protection and employment
- Agriculture and food
- Climate change
- Environment and natural resources
- Social, urban, rural and resilience
- Energy and extractive
- Development in a context of fragility, conflict and violence
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.