2016 Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarships in Public Policy and Taxation for Developing Countries

Course(s) Offered: Public Policy, Taxation
Course Level: Graduate (masters, PhD)
Provider: World Bank; Govt of Japan
Country to Study in: Japan

Scholarship Description
The Department of Economics of the Graduate School of International Social Sciences (GSISS) at Yokahama National University developed a special graduate program – the JJ/WBGSP for Public Policy and Taxation.

This program tailored to the needs of students from developing countries who are currently working in the field of tax administration and related areas was developed in collaboration with Japan’s National Tax Agency and the World Bank.

Applicants should:

  • be a national of a Bank member country;
  • hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the social sciences, law, business or public administration, or other development-related technical discipline;
  • have at least three (3) years of work experience after completing a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a public agency, a public service organization, or in a private sector entity engaged in the delivery of public goods or services;
  • have no more than twenty (20) years of work experience after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent;
  • be in good health with respect to the capacity to be a productive scholar for the duration of the program, as certified by a medical doctor.

The following applicants are NOT eligible:

  • Executive Directors, their alternates, staff of the World Bank Group (the Bank, International Finance Corporation, International Development Association, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes) and close relatives of the aforementioned.

Selection Criteria:
Priority consideration will be given to applicants who:

  • are 35 years old or less;
  • can receive an official leave of absence during the period of study;
  • are planning to return to the equivalent position (including the current one) in their home country after s/he completes the program;
  • are recommended by appropriate government agencies;
  • submitted GRE scores.

Eligible groups
Especially targeted at citizens of Developing Countries

Participating Institution(s)
The institutions involved:

  • Department of Economics, Graduate School of International Social Sciences (GSISS) (formerly, International Graduate School of Social Sciences), Yokohama National University (YNU), Yokohama, Kanagawa; Japan; AND
  • National Tax Agency of Japan; AND
  • The World Bank.

Number of awards
The World Bank annually awards five scholarships to the PPT program.

Scholarship benefits
The scholarship covers tuition, entrance examination, medical insurance, and admission fees.

In addition, the scholarship provides a monthly allowance of JPY 152,000 (the amount is subject to change), and a round-trip air ticket to Japan plus a travel allowance of JPY60,000.

The monthly stipend is intended to cover living, commuting and other incidental expenses during the student’s study period. Travel expenses for some program-sponsored field trips are also included.

The next scholarship program runs from October 2013 to September 2015. This period cannot be changed under any circumstance.

Method of Application
Application forms will be mailed upon request, and are not available through website or email. To receive application forms or for more information, please direct inquiries to:

MPE Office
Email: is-mpeml.ynu.ac.jp
Fax +81-45-339-3608

Inquiries by telephone will not be accepted.

Use the original copy of the application form. The department does not accept photocopies. It does not accept applications via fax or email.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on what constitutes a complete application and other relevant details.

Application forms for 2016 Admission (for study program from October 2016-September 2018) are now available. Applications for the 2016 admission must reach the MPE Office by NO LATER than February 29, 2016.

None of the application materials can be returned to applicants under any circumstances.

Also, a medical certificate will be required upon acceptance.

The primary motivation for the establishment of the Public Policy and Taxation (PPT) program was the belief that the absence of well-structured tax laws and functioning taxation systems is one of the major factors hindering economic development in developing countries.

Application Deadline: 29 February 2016
Open for International Students: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application(Homepage)
More Scholarship Information and Application(2016 application)

Speak up