Joint Japan/World Bank Scholarships at Yokohama National University 2021-2023

Joint Japan/World Bank Scholarships at Yokohama National University 2021-2023 – How to Apply.


Joint Japan/World Bank Scholarship at Yokohama National University, Japan 2021-2023 is open for International Students. The scholarship allows for master’s level programm(s) in the field of Infrastructure Development taught at Yokohama National University.

The Master’s Degree Program in Infrastructure Management at Yokohama National University (YNU) was established with a special fund from the Government of Japan, administered by the World Bank, for the purpose of training government officials from developing countries who have engineering backgrounds. The program focuses on such areas as economics, management, specialized engineering, and law related to the development and management of infrastructure. In a changing global situation, if the government officials who are engaged in planning and implementing their nations’ infrastructure development policies are to make decisions consistent with the welfare of the people of their countries, it is vital that those officials have advanced knowledge of and experience in management, technological fields, and macro-economics.

Degree Level:

Joint Japan/World Bank Scholarship at Yokohama National University, Japan 2021-2023 is available to undertake Master’s level programs at Yokohama National University.

Available Subjects:

The following subject is available to study under this scholarship program.

  • Infrastructure Development

Scholarship Benefits:

Scholarships are allocated to the YNU program by the World Bank. Each scholarship provides a monthly allowance (most probably JPY150, 000 – JPY 170, 000) and a round-trip air ticket to Japan plus a travel allowance. The scholarship also covers tuition fees, the entrance examination fee, the admission fee, and the insurance.

Citizens of low and middle-income World Bank member countries are eligible for the scholarships. Applicants must have at least three years of practical experience involving responsibility for infrastructure development and must also intend to pursue a career in the field of development.

Eligible Nationalities:

Students from all nationalities are eligible.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:

  • Be a national of a Bank member country that is eligible to receive Bank financing and not be a national of any country that is not eligible to receive the Bank financing;•Not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;
  • Be in good health;
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with superior academic achievement earned more than three (3) years before the Scholarship Application Deadline;
  • Be employed in a paid and full-time position at the time of the Scholarship Application Deadline unless the applicant is from a country identified in the World Bank’s “Harmonized List of Fragile Situations”; and
  • Have, by the time of the Scholarship Application Deadline, at least three (3) years of recent full-time paid professional experience acquired in development-related work after a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent in the applicant’s home country or in another developing country; If the applicant is from a country in the World Bank’s list of Fragile and Conflict States. at the time of the Scholarship Application Deadline, the recent professional experience does not have to be full-time or paid.
  • Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of any type of appointment of the World Bank Group or a close relative of the aforementioned by blood or adoption with the term “close relative” defined as: Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew.

How to Apply

Completed application form, Research Plan, and Signed checklist with completed return address labels must be printed out, and complete application packages, with all required material, must be postmarked no later than 10 March 2021 as follows.

When applying, applicants must submit the following documents to the Infrastructure Management Program Office, Graduate School of Urban Innovation through the online system:* Completed application form;* Official transcripts showing the applicant’s academic performance in his or her undergraduate program;* Certification of Graduation or Copies of Diploma which should be including the title of Bachelor;* Names and contact information of the recommenders;

Names of two different people must be provided to support the application. One of these must be a person who has supervised the applicant in a work situation and the other from a professor at the university from which the applicant graduated. We will later ask the two recommenders to provide a recommendation letter for the applicant electronically. For this purpose, the recommenders must use the official email addresses of the professional institutions they are affiliated to. We will not accept recommendation letters from private addresses such as Gmail or Yahoo! Mail unless there is a compelling reason to do so.* Evidence of a satisfactory level of English competence; and

Because the entire program is carried out in English, applicants must provide evidence of a satisfactory level of English competence. If the applicants have completed a university program conducted mainly in English, enclose a certificate of English proficiency sufficient to prove the fact that the medium of instruction has been English and that the applicants have successfully completed the program. If the applicants choose to submit Official English Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL/IELTS), the only documents we accept are official TOEFL scores sent directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) or official IELTS score sent directly by the British Council. Please refer to the TOEFL webpage at or the IELTS webpage at

The applicants may be asked to be interviewed by YNU academic staff via Skype, primarily for the purpose of ascertaining their proficiency in English.* Research Plan (within 5 pages, including the abstract)

Your research plan should be within 5 pages in A4 size PDF/Word file.
Write an abstract in the first 1/3 portion of the first page.
Describe in detail and with specifics – particularly concerning the ultimate goal(s) of your research at YNU.
Your academic background and research methodology should be included.

If any forgery and false declaration is found in the application documents, the students will be subject to disciplinary action by YNU, which includes expulsion from the university, in which case the World Bank will be immediately notified and the student in question will lose all his/her scholarship entitlement, including the return airfare.

-Complete application packages, with all required material, must be submitted no later than 10 March 2021.

-Late applications will not be considered.

Mailing Address:
Infrastructure Management Program
Graduate School of Urban Innovation
Yokohama National University
79-5 Tokiwadai
Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama 240-8501

-Applicants must apply through the online system first. Handwritten applications or applications only sent by post will not be accepted.

-Please do not send applications by fax or e-mail.

-Recommenders must use the forms provided by us for the 2021-2023 program.

-Please do not contact advisors for any questions.

Note: Completed applications and supplementary materials cannot be returned.

For the applicants, start applying to Infrastructure Management Program at the following YNU Web Application System.

*The online application will start from 6 Jan 2021.

Application Deadline:2nd March 2021.