Government of Japan Young Leaders Program 2022

Applications are currently being accepted for the fully financed Young Leaders’ Program (YLP), one of the MEXT Scholarship Programs offered by the Japanese government. Candidates from all over the world who are interested and qualified are invited to apply.

By creating a network among national leaders and deepening their understanding of Japan, the Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) seeks to cultivate future national leaders in Asian and other countries, to contribute to the establishment of friendly relations among various countries, and to improve policy-planning activities.

.Brief Description

  • Type: Postgraduate
  • Organisation: Government of Japan
  • Country to study: Japan
  • Course to study: Not specified
  • Gender: Men and Women
  • Application Deadline: Not Specified

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About the Government of Japan

The Government of Japan is Japan’s central government. The Japanese government is made up of three branches: the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary, and it reports to the Emperor of Japan.

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Scholarship Benefit

  • Allowance: Each grantee will get 242,000 yen each month for the duration of the scholarship. However, the allowance amount is subject to vary based on the Japanese government’s yearly budget for each fiscal year. The scholarship will not be paid to a recipient who takes a leave of absence or is absent from the designated university for an extended period of time.


  • Travel Expenses:
    • Transportation to Japan: Each grantee will get an economy-class aircraft ticket from the international airport closest to his or her home address* to Narita or Haneda International Airport, based on the itinerary and route authorized by MEXT. NOT PROVIDED: domestic transportation from the participant’s house to the international airport, airport tax, airport usage fees, special travel taxes, or inland transit inside Japan.
    • Transportation from Japan: The grantee who returns to his or her home country within the fixed period following the expiration of his or her scholarship will, upon application, receive an economy-class plane ticket from Narita or Haneda International Airport to the international airport closest to his or her home address.


  • School Fees: Matriculation and tuition fees will be paid for by the Japanese government.
  • Accommodations:


    • In theory, awardees may reside in GRIPS-provided resident halls.
    • Private Boarding Houses or Apartments: The GRIPS Student Office will recommend private boarding houses or apartments for those who are unable to reside in the facilities listed above.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nationality: Applicants must be citizens of approved Young Leaders Programme countries (YLP).


  • Age: Applicants must be under the age of forty as of October 1, 2020. (i.e. born on or after 2nd October 1979).


  • Academic Background: Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized/accredited university or college and have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.


  • Work Experience:At least three years of full-time work experience in public administration (preferably 5 years or more).


  • English Proficiency: Minimum TOEFL-iBT score of 79 (TOEFL-PBT score of 550), IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.
  • Health: Candidates must be in excellent health.


  • Visa Requirement: Selected applicants are required to get “College Student” (ryuugaku) visas prior to entering Japan. The visas should be issued at the Japanese embassy in the applicant’s place of origin. Applicants who change their resident status after their arrival in Japan to any status other than “College Student” will instantly lose their position as a Japanese government scholarship student.


  • Applicants who satisfy any or all of the following requirements are ineligible. If discovered after scholarship recipients have been accepted, the candidates will be compelled to withdraw:
    • If an applicant is a service member or civilian employee registered on the active military list at the time of his/her arrival in Japan;
    • Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by accepting university;
    •  If an applicant is, in principle, currently enrolled in a Japanese university or other type of school with the resident status of “College Student,” or will be enrolled in a Japanese university, etc. as another source or self-financed international student between the time of application for this scholarship in his/her country and the beginning of the scholarship period; or
    • Those who will lose their status as public administrators or government officials between the time of application for this scholarship in his/her country and the beginning of the scholarship

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How to apply

All YLP applications must be submitted through the recommending authorities designated for each course. Applicants are required to submit the following materials to their recommending authorities by the due date. The supplied documents will not be returned.

  • Application for Acceptance


  • Photographs


  • Official transcripts from all bachelor’s and graduate schools attended


  • Recommendation The recommending authority’s letter


  • Recommendation Letter from the applicant’s immediate supervisor.


  • Recommendation Letter from the applicant’s supervisor or supervising university professor.


  • Statement of Health


  • Official degree certificates or certified copies of diplomas from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended are required.


  • Essay describing the applicant’s goals and future plans after program completion.


  • Document of Citizenship


  • Family Register


  • Copy of the Passport


  • The Certificate of English Proficiency


  • Response to Essay Questions


Application Deadline

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