Thursday, 14 May 2015

Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) for Master’s Students in Japan, 2016

Applications are open for Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) for 2016 academic year. Scholarships are available for international students to pursue master’s program in the field of Public Administration/ Public Policy from October 2015 in Japan. Approx 20 scholarships are awarded for one year. Each scholarship will include tuition fees, monthly allowance up to 242,000 yen, travel allowance and accommodations. The deadline of the applications differs according to the country. Please contact with Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country.
Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded in the field of Public Administration/Public Policy.
Course Level: Scholarships are available to study master program.
Scholarship Provider: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Scholarship can be taken at: Japan
-Nationality: Applicants must be nationals of countries eligible for the YLP (School of Government).
-Age: Applicants must be, in principle, under 40 years of age, as at 1 October, 2015 (i.e. born on or after 2 October 1975).
-Academic Background: Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized/accredited university or college, and have achieved shown excellent academic performance.
-Work Experience: At least 3 years of full-time work experience in public administration (preferably 5 years or more).
-English Proficiency: A minimum TOEFL-iBT score of 79 ?TOEFL-PBT score of 550?, IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
-Health: Applicants must be in good health.
-Visa Requirement: In principle, selected applicants must acquire “College Student” (ryuugaku) visas before entering Japan. The visas should be issued at the Japanese legation, located in the country of applicants’ nationality.  Applicants who change their resident status to any status other than “College Student” after their arrival in Japan will immediately lose their status as a Japanese government scholarship student.
-Applicants who meet any or all of following conditions are not eligible. If identified after acceptance of the scholarship grantees, the applicants will be required to withdraw from the scholarship:
[1] If an applicant is a service member or a civilian employee registered on the active military list at the time of his/her arrival in Japan;
[2] Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by accepting university;
[3] 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 time the scholarship period is due to begin; or
[4] Those who will lose their status as public administrators or government officials following the time of application or before completion of the program.
Scholarship Open for International Students: Students from P. R. China, Rep. of Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, Hungary, Czech, Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey can apply for this Young Leaders’ Program.
Scholarship Description: The Young Leaders’ Program ?YLP? aims to cultivate national leaders of the future in Asia and around the world. In addition, while enhancing the participants’ understanding about Japan, it should help form a network among national leaders, contributing to the establishment of friendly relations and improved policy planning activities between worldwide, including Japan.
Number of award(s): Approximately 20 students are awarded.
Duration of award(s): Scholarships are awarded for one year from October 2015 to September 2016.
What does it cover?
-Allowance: Each grantee will be provided monthly with 242,000 yen during the term of the scholarship. However, the amount of allowance will be subject to change depending upon the annual budget of the Japanese government for each fiscal year. The scholarship will not be paid to a grantee who takes a leave of absence or is long absent from the assigned university.
-Traveling Costs:
1) Transportation to Japan: Each grantee will be supplied in general, accounting to his/her itinerary and route as designated by MEXT, with an economy-class airplane ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her home address* to Narita or Haneda International Airport. Expenses such as domestic transportation from his/her home address to the international airport, airport tax, airport usage fees, special taxes on travel, or inland transportation within Japan will NOT be supplied.
2) Transportation from Japan: The grantee who returns to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of his/her scholarship will be supplied, in general, upon application, with an economy-class airplane ticket for the travel from Narita or Haneda International Airport to the international airport nearest to his/her home address.
-School Fees: Fees for matriculation and tuition will be paid by the Japanese government.
1) In principle, grantees may reside at residence halls provided by GRIPS.
2) Private Boarding Houses or Apartment Houses: Those who cannot accommodate in the facilities described above will be arranged at private boarding houses or apartments recommended by the GRIPS Student Office.
Selection Procedure:
-Based on the recommendation of authorities, GRIPS will select initial candidates from among applicants by means of an interview, and a review of the submitted documents. If it is not possible to hold an interview in the applicant’s home country, an interview may be conducted by telephone or the Internet.
-Those who have been selected initially by the participating universities will be put forward to the YLP committee established by MEXT for the final selection.
How to Apply:
-All documents should use A4 paper and should be typed. If documents are handwritten, please print clearly.
-These documents should be written in English. Each document must be submitted with a certified English translation if the original is not written in English. We must emphasize that applications are considered incomplete until all documents, including recommendation letters and diplomas, are submitted in English or come with English translations.
-Recommendation letters should be written separately in the designated format by an immediate superior at your workplace or an academic advisor from your university. At least one and preferably two should be written by immediate superiors at the workplace.
-Submit English test proficiency scores from the TOEFL or IELTS from within the last two years. If you submit the results of a different test of English proficiency, please submit a conversion of the score to TOEFL or IELTS.
-If you have a publication or dissertation, submit the overview separately.
-Your application may not be accepted if any of the documents are incomplete, inaccurate, or missing.
-Number the documents from 1 to 10 (the items numbered in the list above) in the upper right corner of each document.
Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline of the applications differs according to the country. Please contact with Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country.

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