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The Young Leaders’ Program (YLP), Japan

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The Young Leaders’ Program (YLP), Japan

The Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) aims to contribute to the fostering of future national leaders in Asian countries by providing graduate level educational opportunities in Japan. Moreover, the YLP seeks to deepen participants’ awareness and understanding of Japan and to help form a regional network among national leaders that contributes to the establishment of friendly relationships and improved policy planning activities among Asian and countries. The YLP is one of the Japanese Government’s (Monbukagakusho: MEXT*) Scholarship Student programs.
*MEXT= The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology


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.
Eligible 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(29 Countries)

Selection Process

(1) Method of Recruitment
Recruitment will be conducted through specially designated recommending institutions. Please enquire at the Japanese Embassy for further information on the recommending institutions.
(2) Screening Procedure
[1] First screening by the recommending authorities
[2] Second screening by the host university (in this case, Kyushu University)
[3] Final screening by the YLP Committee established by MEXT

Scholarships Benefit 

1) 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.
The scholarships will be cancelled for a grantee in the following cases. Furthermore, if scholarship payments were made during the period the following cases applied, the grantees may be ordered to return scholarship payments received during that period:
[1] If any of his/her application documents is found to be falsely stated;
[2] If he/she is in breach of his/her pledge made to the Minister of MEXT;
[3] If it becomes definitive that the grantee will not be able to graduate (or complete his/her course) within the standard course term because of his/her poor academic achievement or suspension;
[4] If his/her resident status of “College Student” as provided for in Paragraph 1-4 of Appendix to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act changes to any other status;
[5] If he/she is provided with another scholarship (except for a scholarship designated for research expenses); or
[6] If grantee’s government and/or other state institutions request such cancellation.

Deadline: Varies by Country

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Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
DeadlineVaries by Country



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