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Young Leaders Program (School of Government, School of Local Governance)

Program in Brief

Fosters future national leaders in countries in Asia and other regions and builds up comprehensive human networks among the leaders of nations in the field of Government and Local Governance.


  • Program Director: Senior Professor Kiyotaka Yokomichi
  • Deputy Director (School of Government): Professor Mikitaka Masuyama
  • Deputy Director (School of Local Governance): Vice President, Professor Hirofumi Takada
  • Degrees Offered: Master of Public Administration / Master of Public Policy
  • Scholarship (for International Students Only) : Japanese Government (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology [MEXT])
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Time Schedule:
    • Program Duration…1 year
    • Enrollment…October
    • Graduation…September
  • How to Apply: Click here
  • YLP Brochure: Click here
  • YLP Japan (Application Target: Japanese): Click here (Japanese only)


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


  1. Foster future national leaders in designated countries
  2. Build up comprehensive human networks among the leaders of nations
  3. Establish friendly relationships among the countries involved, including Japan
  4. 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.

Target Group

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.

We also accept Japanese students.

Program Design

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.

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See also

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Scholarships for International Students

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS)


Orange Knowledge Programme in The Netherlands

Fulbright Foreign Student Program, Worldwide

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