World Bank Scholarships for International Students

The World Bank is an international financial agency that makes loans, scholarships, and grants to people in poor and middle-income nations in order to promote human development.

The United Nations provides World Bank scholarships to overseas students for study or research. These are also known as financial aid, and the World Bank’s financial aid section frequently works with them.

Since 1982, the DEC’s scholarship programs have contributed to the formation of a pool of over 6,000 well-trained and experienced development professionals and academics, who have transformed their nations and positively impacted future generations.

Programs in Action

1. The JJWBGSP has helped over 6,000 mid-career professionals from 160 developing countries and Japan get graduate degrees in development-related subjects. The JJWBGSP is entirely funded by the Japanese government on a yearly basis.

2. RSMFP has offered assistance to young researchers on a wide range of development-related themes. The initiative now connects bright young researchers to World Bank research, data resources, and technical experience. Selected fellows are hosted as a cohort at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., where they work on DEC research projects, get formal training, and participate in policy-relevant research.

3. LDCs are given priority in travel subsidies to attend the Annual Meetings of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).

4. The LDC Scholarship at the University of California Berkeley Law School is offered to qualified candidates enrolled to the LL.M. professional track program.

5. The IPCC Scholarship Programme is open to young scientists from developing countries who are working on climate change challenges. Priority is granted to students from LDCs and SIDS who are researching themes within the field of study specified in the call for submissions.

6. The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) has established a scholarship program for female students from Sub-Saharan Africa and LDCs who want to pursue postgraduate studies leading to a Ph.D. outside of their native countries.

Program is currently inactive.

JIPS (Japan Indonesia Presidential Scholarship Program): Applications for this program are no longer being accepted. With a one-time $10 million grant from the Japanese government, this scholarship enabled three cohorts of 43 Indonesian PhD candidates (2008–2010) to study overseas at one of the program’s ten partner Indonesian universities. New candidates are no longer being accepted through this channel.

The initiative now connects bright young researchers to World Bank research, data resources, and technical experience. Selected fellows are hosted as a cohort at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., where they work on DEC research projects, get formal training, and participate in policy-relevant research.