JJ/WBGSP for MSc Conflict, State Building and Development Field at University of Birmingham

Opportunity Detail

  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Level Master
  • Eligible Region/Countries

    Be a citizen of a developing country (Afghanistan included)

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  • Medium of Instruction English
  • Field of study MSc Conflict, State Building and Development
  • Opportunity ID 69154
  • Funding Type Fully Funded
  • Duration 2 years

Opportunity Description

Citizens of specified developing nations with appropriate professional expertise and a history of supporting their governments’ development efforts are eligible for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP). Scholarships are available at the University of Birmingham for people interested in applying to the MSc Conflict, Security, and Development curriculum.

A growing area of focus is conflict, security, and development, and this program will provide a clear connection between theoretical and actual policy approaches to conflict analysis and resolution. Wide-ranging topics, including accountability and transparency, corruption, conflict, political solutions, human rights, participation, access to justice, democratization, and state-building, will all be discussed in the present. The focus will be on developing nations, making it interesting for individuals currently involved in the field and fresh graduates looking for jobs in government, development, or NGOs that support governance, state-building, and peace.

Brief Details

  • Offered by: University of Birmingham
  • Scholarship by: Joint Japan and World Bank
  • Scholarship Deadlines: 29 February 2024 (noon EST)/ 24 May 2024 (noon EST)
  • Duration: Two years
  • Type: Scholarship
  • Eligible Nations for Scholarship: Be a citizen of a developing country (Afghanistan included)

Scholarship Benefits

The following advantages are available to chosen applicants for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship:

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  • At the beginning of your study program and shortly after the scholarship’s conclusion, economy-class air travel from your home country to the host university is included. Scholars will also get two round-trip airline tickets and a $600 US travel reimbursement for each trip.
  • Your graduate program’s tuition and the price of your university-provided basic health insurance.
  • During the scholarship period, a monthly subsistence grant to cover all living costs is provided in school (accommodations, food, etc., including books). Depending on the host nation, the allowance varies in size.

Eligibility for Scholarship

Application requirements for the Joint Japan/World Bank Scholarship (JJ/WBGSP) include the following:

  • Be a citizen of a developing country on this list that is a member of the World Bank.
  • Not possess dual citizenship in any advanced nation.
  • Possess good health.
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) acquired at least three years before the application deadline.
  • Have a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree and at least three years of recent job experience in development.
  • Be paid, full-time employment doing development-related work when you submit your scholarship application.
  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent university) that you earned no more than three years ago and obtained no more than six years before the application deadline.
  • Before submitting your application, you must attach the letter of admission.

The following people are NOT eligible to apply for this opportunity:

  • Executive Director, alternate, or staff at World Bank Group
  • Close relative of the aforementioned (defined as Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew)
  • Previously declined or did not graduate from JJ/WBGSP scholarship

Selection Process and Criteria

Following are the selection process and criteria details for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program:

  • Two assessors independently review each eligible application, scoring on a scale of 1 to 10 based on the following factors:
    1. Professional Experience (30%)
    2. Recommendations (30%)
    3. Commitment to Home Country (30%)
    4. Education Background (10%)
  • Finalists will be selected based on the following:
    • Geographical distribution
    • Gender distribution
    • Unusual circumstances/hardships
    • Limited access to financial resources
  • The list of finalists was presented to the JJ/WBGSP Steering Committee for approval.
  • Winners will be notified after Steering Committee approval.
Documents Requirement for Scholarship
  • Submit One Online Application (found in apply now button below)
  • Two recommendation letters,
  • Evidence demonstrating the applicant’s eligibility in the years of most recent development-related activity.
  • The applicant’s Bachelor’s degree transcript and, if relevant, the applicant’s most recent graduate degree transcript. (Never upload or use a transcript as a replacement for a diploma.
  • Unconditional admission letter to the JJ/WBGSP participating master’s program for the forthcoming academic year, excluding financial considerations.

How to Apply?

To apply, click the Apply Now button below.


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Please visit the official Birmingham University website for more details about the MSc Conflict, State Building, and Development Field. For more information about the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP), please visit the official website of the World Bank.


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