The Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) aims to contribute to the fostering of future national leaders in Asian and other countries. In addition, while deepening the participants’ understanding about Japan, it should help form a network among national leaders, contributing to the establishment of friendly relationships and improved policy planning activities among Asian and other countries, including Japan.
The YLP is one of the Japanese Government（Monbukagakusho：MEXT※）Scholarship Student systems.
※MEXT= The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
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, 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, Turkey.
（1） Nationality: Applicants must be nationals of countries eligible for the YLP （School of Government）.
（2） 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）.
（3） 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.
（4） Work Experience: At least 3 years of full-time work experience in public administration （preferably 5 years or more）.
（5） English Proficiency: A minimum TOEFL-iBT score of 79 （TOEFL-PBT score of 550）, IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
（6） Health: Applicants must be in good health.
（7） Visa Requirement: In principle, selected applicants must acquire “College Student”（ryuugaku 留学） 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.
（8）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:
- 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;
- Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by accepting university;
- If an applicant is, in principle, currently enrolled in a Japanese university or other type of school with the resident status of “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
- Those who will lose their status as public administrators or government officials following the time of application or before completion of the program.
Applicants must submit the following documents to their recommending authorities by the designated date. Documents submitted will not be returned.
|Number of Photocopies||Remarks|
|（1）||Application for Admission||1||4||prescribed form|
|（2）||Photographs||5||–||6 x 4 cm, taken within the past 6 months, should be affixed to each of the 5 application forms|
|（3）||Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended||1||4|
|（4）||Recommendation Letter from the recommending authority||1||4|
|（5）||Recommendation Letter from the applicant’s direct superior at work||1||4||Prescribed form|
|Recommendation Letter from the applicant’s superior at work, or supervising professor of the university||1||4|
|（6）||Certificate of Health||1||4||prescribed form, to be issued by the medical institution designated by Japanese Embassy; all items must be completed, and all comments must be written in English in block letters|
|（7）||Official degree certificates or certified copies of diplomasfrom all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended||1||4|
|（8）||Essay explaining applicant’s aspirations and future plans following program completion||1||4||3-page essay describing the applicant’s reason/motivation for applying; future plans and expectations from the program as well as future career goals|
|（9）||Certificate of Citizenship||1||4||any of these|
|Copy of the Passport||–||5|
|（10）||English Proficiency Certificate||–||5||TOEFL/IELTS or other equivalent test score.|
|（11）||Answer to the Essay Questions||1||4|
2017 YOUNG LEADERS’ PROGRM（YLP） STUDENT APPLICATION FORMS BELOW: