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.
Launched in 2001 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of the Government of Japan, the Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) is a yearlong academic program that aims to prepare and empower young professionals from all over the world for future leadership roles in their respective fields.
(1) Nationality: Applicants must be nationals of countries eligible for the YLP (School of Local Governance). An applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application is not eligible.
(2) 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).
(3) 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.
(6) 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.
(7) 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.
(8) 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.” Applicants who change their residence status to any states other than “Student” (留 学) after their arrival in Japan will immediately lose their status as a MEXT Scholarship student.
(9) Non-Eligibility: Applicants who meet any or all of the following conditions are not eligible. If identified after acceptance of the scholarship grantees, the applicants will be required to withdraw from the scholarship:
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