The Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) through MEXT Scholarships aims to contribute to cultivate future national leaders in Asian and other countries.
MEXT Scholarships 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.
Eligible Countries and Participants
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.
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
(1) 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.
(2) Age: Applicants must be, in principle, under 40 years of age as of October 1, 2021(i.e. born on or after October
(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, 2021in 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 status 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:
(10) Those who are military personnel or military civilian employees at the time of their arrival in Japan or during
the period of the payment of the scholarship;
(11) Those who cannot arrive in Japan by the last date of the period designated by GRIPS;
(12) Those who are already enrolled in a Japanese university or other institution with a residence status of
“Student” (留学) or who are going to be enrolled, or plan to enroll, in a Japanese university or other
institution as a privately-financed international student from the time of application to the MEXT scholarship
program in the applicant’s country until the commencement of the period for payment of the MEXT
scholarship. However, this stipulation does not apply to privately-financed international students who, even
though they are enrolled, or are planning to enroll, in a Japanese university, verifiably complete their studies
before the start of the scholarship payment period, return to their home country at the time of the scholarship
application, and newly acquire the “Student” residence status and come to Japan;
(13) Those who are planning to receive scholarship money from an organization other than MEXT (including a
government organization of the applicant’s country) on top of the scholarship money provided by MEXT
after the start of the scholarship payment period;
(14) Holders of dual nationality at the time of application who cannot verify that they will give up Japanese
nationality by the time of the arrival in Japan;
(15)Those wishing to engage in fieldwork or an internship in a country other than Japan after submission of
(16) Those who will lose their status as public administrators or government officials following the time of
application or before completion of the program.
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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. The scholarship will not be paid to a grantee who is long
absent from the assigned university.
(2) Traveling Costs:
① 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. The grantee shall bear at his/her own
expense all costs related to domestic travel from his/her home address to the nearest international airport,
airport taxes, airport usage fees, special taxes necessary for travel, travel expenses within Japan (including
airline transit costs), travel insurance expenses, carry-on luggage or unaccompanied baggage expenses, etc.
The present address in the country of the grantee’s nationality stated in the application form is in principle
regarded as the recipient’s “home address”. If, however, the address stated in the application form will be
changed at the time of leaving from his/her country, the changed address will be regarded as the “home
② 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 (See “3. Period of Scholarship”) designated by MEXT. MEXT, in
principle, shall provide an economy-class airline ticket from Narita or Haneda International Airport to the
international airport (in principle, in the country of nationality) nearest to the returning grantee’s residence.
The grantee shall bear at his/her own expense all costs related to travel from the grantee’s residence in Japan
to Narita or Haneda international airport, airport taxes, airport usage fees, special taxes necessary for travel,
travel expenses within the country of nationality (including airline transit costs), travel insurance expenses,
carry-on luggage or unaccompanied baggage expenses, etc.
(3) Education Fees: Fees for entrance examination, matriculation and tuition will be paid by MEXT.
In principle, grantees may reside at residence halls provided by GRIPS, which plans to arrange TIEC (Tokyo
International Exchange Center Residence Hall). Kindly be noted (a) spouse, (b) spouse and child/children,
are allowed to live with grantees due to TIEC policy.