The Young Leaders Program (YLP) at GRIPS is a special master's degree program for promising young leaders in government. It is fully supported, including full scholarships for all students, by the Japanese government.
The specific content of the YLP is designed to provide young leaders with opportunities to enrich and enlarge their knowledge of global, regional and Japanese politics and economies, public administration and policies from comparative, historical and contemporary perspectives. The faculty is composed of eminent academics and former government officials with a wide range of experience in both national and local governments.
An allowance of 242,000 yen per month (in FY 2017; amount is subject to change) will be provided to grantees during the term of the scholarship. Grantees who are absent from the university for long periods will no longer be provided with the scholarship. Application, admission and tuition fees will be paid by the Japanese government. Round-trip economyclass air tickets between the student's home country and Japan will be provided
The Young Leaders Program offers a wide range of courses concerning public administration, economics, political science and policy formulation. In addition to the required courses, students can select subjects in accordance with their interests and needs. All courses are taught in English.
Applicants should obtain an application form from the Japanese embassies or recommending authorities in the eligible countries (please check the GRIPS website for details about the recommending authorities in your country).
The School of Government focuses on national policy-making and accepts students from 29 countries: P. R. China, Rep. of Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Viet Nam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey.
The School of Local Governance focuses on enhancement of local governance and government to respond to various regional issues in such areas as education, health, social welfare, and local development. It accepts students from 20 countries: P. R. China, Rep. of Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania.
Admission to the Young Leaders Program requires a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a recognized, accredited university of the highest standard as well as certifiable good health. The applicant should be under 40 years of age as of 1 October, 2018; should be proficient in English with a TOEFL iBT score of 79, TOEFL PBT score of 550, IELTS Academic score of 6.0 or equivalent and must be able to obtain a Student visa prior to arrival in Japan.
Applicants must submit the following documentation in hard copy:
- university transcripts
- university graduation /degree certificates
- certificate of English proficiency
- recommendation letter from the recommending authority
- recommendation letter from the applicant's direct superior at work
- certificate of health and a passport copy.
The application deadline is usually around mid-October.