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The 2019 Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP) opens on March 7th

Mark your calendars for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP), which will be taking applications from March 7 to April 11, 2019. A JJWBGSP scholarship provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance. Since 1987 this program has assisted more than 5,800 mid-career professionals from developing countries and Japan to complete graduate degrees in development-related fields.

This scholarship is “open to women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic.” SIPA is one of the partner programs for this scholarship, and we encourage you to apply if you’re eligible:

  • Be a national of a World Bank member developing country;
  • Not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;
  • Be in good health;
  • Hold a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to the Application Deadline date;
  • Have 3 years or more of recent development-related work experience after earning a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree;
  • Be employed in development-related work in a paid full- time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application. The only exception to this criterion is for developing country nationals from a country that will be on the updated list of Fragile and Conflict States provided to applicants in the Application Guidelines for each call for scholarships.
  • On or before the Scholarship Application Deadline date, be admitted unconditionally (except for funding) for the upcoming academic year to at least one of the JJ/WBGSP preferred university master’s programs located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence listed at the time the call for scholarship applications opens. The letter of admission must be uploaded before submitting your application.
  • 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.

Find full information for the JJWBGSP Scholarship on their website.

Don’t forget to review SIPA’s external funding database for other opportunities.


The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship for 2019/2020

The Financial Aid team would like to announce an upcoming scholarship opportunity through the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Academic Scholarship Program. This scholarship is aimed to help Jewish college and graduate students with their education costs, and assistance is available for those with financial need who are pursuing careers in the helping professions. These scholarships range from $1,000 to $8,000, and are renewable.

The deadline to apply for the 2019/2020 academic year is February 1, 2019. The full eligibility requirements are listed on their website below, which includes availability for an in-person interview between March 1 and April 20, 2019. If you qualify and would like to apply this scholarship, we encourage you to add the deadline to your calendar as soon as possible.

Find the full scholarship details and eligibility requirements on their website at

As always, please check SIPA’s External Funding Database for other opportunities.

Upcoming Scholarship Opportunities

The Financial Aid team — along with wishing you the merriest of holidays — would like to announce these upcoming scholarship opportunities.

As always, please check SIPA’s External Funding Database for other opportunities. If you qualify and would like to apply for any of the following scholarships, we encourage you to add the deadline to your calendar as soon as possible.

  • Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship
    Deadline: January 9, 2019
    Eligibility: Women who have served or are serving in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard or children of a woman who has served honorably in the Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard. Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Pride Foundation Scholarships
    Deadline: January 11, 2019
    Eligibility: Northwest residency (may study elsewhere) – currently live in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington and have lived there for at least 3 months prior to applying OR have lived within one of those states for at least 1 year at any time within 5 years prior to application deadline.
    These scholarships support students who leadership within the LGBTQ community, lack a broader LGBTQ support system, face additional barriers to educational access, and demonstrate financial need.
  • Point Foundation Scholarships
    January 28, 2019
    Eligibility: Full-time students with financial need who identify as members of the LGBTQ community.
  • Margaret McNamara Education Grants
    Deadline: January 15, 2019
    Eligibility: At least 25 years old; Nationals of a country listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility ListNot hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency or Canadian citizenship or Canadian landed immigrant status.
  • Government Finance Officers Association Scholarships
    Deadline: January 18, 2019
    Eligibility: Citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada; Plan to pursue career in state/provincial or local government finance.
    Multiple awards are available — please see the website for specific details on each.

Straus Historical Society Scholarship

The SIPA Office of Financial Aid is pleased to announce that SIPA is one of the few schools whose students have been selected to apply for a scholarship from the Straus Historical Society.

This scholarship will be awarded for the fall 2019 semester and supports students whose professional goal is in the field of public service. $5,000 will be awarded to a qualified student who has been accepted to or is currently enrolled in a program leading to such a career. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The award will be based on academic achievement as well as an essay of 500 -1000 words that describes a social problem the applicant considers important and offers ideas on steps that might be taken to meet that problem.

Visit their website for more information. The application deadline is January 31, 2019. A transcript must accompany the application; applicants who have yet to enroll at Columbia or whose fall 2018 grades will not be complete by the time of the application may alternately submit a copy of their undergraduate transcript.

Scholarship Opportunities of Interest

SIPA’s Office of Financial Aid maintains a searchable database of scholarships and provides links to other free scholarship search sites here. We encourage all applicants to search for these funding opportunities throughout the application process and even once they are enrolled.

Here are upcoming opportunities that may be of interest to some students:

American Association of University Women International Fellowships

Application deadline: November 15, 2018

The AAUW awards international fellowships for full-time graduate study in the U.S. to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Note AAUW also offers other scholarship opportunities to American and international women. More information about this is available here.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS)

Application deadline: December 15, 2018

P.E.O., founded in 1869, has awarded International Peace Scholarships to women from other countries to pursue graduate studies in the U.S. and Canada since 1949.  The maximum amount awarded to a student is $12,500 and award decisions are based on demonstrated need.


  • International female students pursuing full-time graduate studies at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada.
  • In order to qualify for her first scholarship, an applicant must have a full year of coursework remaining, be enrolled and in residence for the entire school year.
  • U.S. and Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not eligible, however students with residency for tax purposes only are eligible.

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—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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