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The School of Government Young Leaders’ Programs (YLP) in Japan 2020

Deadline : February 28, 2020 .  

The YLP is a one-year program that culminates in a Master’s Degree in Public Administration or Public Policy. The YLP is part of the Japanese government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) scholarship program.

The Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) aims to contribute to cultivate future national leaders in Asian and other countries, to contribute to establish friendly relationship among various countries and to improve policy planning activities by forming a network among national leaders through deepening their understanding of Japan. The YLP is one of the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Programs.


  • Allowance: 242,000 yen per month. Due to the situation of the Japanese Government’s budget, the amount of
    payment may be subject to change each fiscal year.

    Traveling Costs:

    • Transportation to Japan: In principle, MEXT stipulates the travel schedule and route, and provides an
      economy-class airline ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her home address (in principle, the
      country of nationality) to Narita or Haneda International Airport.
    • Transportation from Japan: Based on the application by the grantee, MEXT will provide an airline ticket to
      grantees who shall graduate the accepting university and return to the home country by the end of the final
      month of the period of scholarship
  • Education Fees: Fees for entrance examination, matriculation and tuition will be paid by MEXT.
  • Accommodations:
    • In principle, grantees may reside at residence halls provided by GRIPS.
    • Private Boarding Houses or Apartment Houses:


Participants are selected from the countries listed below.

  • They should be young public administrators and government officials who are expected to play active roles in the future as national leaders in their home countries.
  • The YLP is for exceptionally promising young government officials who have already shown their dedication through work experience in public administration
  • Eligible 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 (29 Countries)
  • Nationality: Applicant must be nationals of countries eligible for the YLP (School of Government). An applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application is not eligible.
  • Age: Applicants must be, in principle, under 40 years of age as of October 1, 2020(i.e. born on or after October 2,1980).
  • Academic Background: Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized/accredited university or college, and have achieved excellent academic performance. (4) Work Experience: At least 3 years of full-time work experience in total as of October 1, 2020 in public administration (preferably 5 years or more). (5) English Ability: A minimum TOEFL iBT score of 79, IELTS Academic score of 6.0 or equivalent.
  • Health: Applicants must be judged that you are medically adequate to pursue study in Japan by an examining physician on a prescribed certificate of health.
  • Arrival in Japan: In principle, applicants must be able to arrive in Japan during the period specified by GRIPS, within two weeks before and after the first day of the course conducted by the accepting university. If the applicant cannot arrive in Japan during the specified period for personal reasons, travel expenses to Japan will not be paid.
  • Visa Requirement: In principle, a selected applicant must obtain a “Student” (留学) visa at the Japanese diplomatic mission located in the applicant’s country of nationality, and enter Japan with the residence status of “Student.”


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