Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) MEXT Scholarships for Master Level Courses in Japan, 2022-2023

Applications are open for the Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) for the 2022-2023 academic year. These scholarships are available for international students to pursue a master’s program in the field of Public Administration/Public Policy, Local Governance, Healthcare Administration, Business Administration, and Law from October 2022 in Japan.

The Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) aims to contribute to cultivate future national leaders in Asian and other countries, to contribute to establishing friendly relationships among various countries, and improving policy planning activities by forming a network among national leaders through deepening their understanding of Japan.


Wonderful chance to study in Japan for higher education with financial support.

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.

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology
  • Department: NA
  • Course Level: Master program
  • Award: Allowance: 242,000 yen per month, Traveling Costs, Education Fees, Accommodations, Private Boarding Houses or Apartment Houses.
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: 70
  • Nationality: International Students
  • The program can be taken in Japan
  • Application Deadline: The deadline for the applications differs according to the country. Please contact with Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country.


  • Applicants must be nationals of countries eligible for the YLP.
  • Scholarships are awarded in the field of School of Government Course, Local Governance Course, Healthcare Administration, Business Administration, and Law.
  • Nationality: Applicants 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.
  • Age: Applicants must be, in principle, under 40 years of age as of October 1, 2022
    Academic Background: Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized/accredited university or college, and have achieved excellent academic performance.
    Work Experience: At least 3 years of full-time work experience in public administration (preferably 5 years or more).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nationality: School of Government Course: P. R. China, Rep. of Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey,  School of Local Governance Course:P. R. China, Rep. of Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania (20 Countries),  School of  Healthcare Administration: Participants are selected from the countries listed below. They should be young public administrators in healthcare and allied sectors who are expected to play active roles as future national leaders in their respective countries. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam (13 countries in alphabetical order,  School of Business Administration: Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, P. R. China, Rep. of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam, and  YLP Law: P. R. China, Rep. of Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Mongolia, Singapore, India, Rep. of South Africa and Turkey.

How to apply

  • How to Apply: All YLP applications must be made through the specific recommending authorities for each course.Applicants must submit the following documents to their recommending authorities by the designated date.
  • Supporting Documents: To apply, students must be ready to submit their Photographs, Official transcripts from, application for Admission, Recommendation Letter from the recommending authority, Certificate of Health, Official degree certificates or certified copies of diplomas, Essay explaining, Certificate of Citizenship, Family Register, Copy of the Passport, English Proficiency Certificate, Answer to the Essay Questions.
  • Admission Requirements: To apply for the program applicants must have a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 79, an IELTS Academic score of 6.0 or equivalent.
  • Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

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