The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) is an international premier policy school with the aim of contributing to the betterment of democratic governance around the world. We excel at providing interdisciplinary education for future leaders in the public sector and conduct research on contemporary policy issues to generate innovative solutions.
Young Leaders Program (YLP) was introduced by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2001. The objectives of the program are to
- Foster future national leaders in designated countries
- Build up comprehensive human networks among the leaders of nations
- Establish friendly relationships among the countries involved, including Japan
- Improve the quality of policy making in the participating countries
The program is also designed to expand students’ comparative as well as historical knowledge of international/regional politics and economics while providing them with an in-depth understanding of Japanese politics and economy.
This program is open to exceptionally promising young government officials with considerable working experiences in the area of public administration. In principle, a minimum of three years working experience in the field in the applicant’s home country is a prerequisite for admission to the program.
Students will be admitted on the basis of an appraisal of their potential to become future leaders at home, to play important roles in their countries’ development, and to maintain the lasting friendship and trust of Japan and other countries around the world.
In addition to School of Government which was introduced in 2001, GRIPS started YLP-School of Local Governance in 2009.
The curriculum for both courses covers a wide range of topics concerning public administration and policy formulation, and also offers the opportunity for intensive discussion with politicians, high-level government officials, corporate directors, journalists, and other Japanese leaders. The program also includes Field Trip/Workshop I-II and a final paper based on Independent Study/Research. There are opportunities to make policy research in collaboration with other institutions such as central government.
The scholarship award provides for a monthly stipend of 242,000 yen per month (rate in FY 2019; amount is subject to change) to cover living expenses such as food, clothing, and other daily expenses, as well as accommodation, transportation, medical treatment, insurance, and various miscellaneous expenses related to the study at GRIPS. This stipend is fixed and cannot be increased to cover family members. The scholarship also covers university application fee, admission fee, and tuition.
Scholars will be given an economy-class air ticket from their home country to Japan upon enrollment at GRIPS and an economy-class air ticket from Japan to their home country upon completion of their studies at GRIPS.