GRIPS Master & PhD Scholarship Program in Japan 2021 – 22

Why Choose GRIPS?
You can select from a wide range of advanced degree options and specialize in an area that interests you.
You can combine discipline-specific learning with advanced training in leadership, interdisciplinary cooperation, and effective management.
You can study in English, learning from world-class academics and leading policymakers.
You can take advantage of extensive networking and mentoring and liaise with distinguished policymakers from all over the world through our alumni network of international professionals.
You will find a rich diversity in our student body, our faculty, and our curriculum.
Target Students
Mid-career public officials with strong leadership and managerial potential
Individuals with strong academic capabilities and the desire to be professional policy analysts or pursue an academic career
Our International Programs
With the exception of the Graduate Program in Japanese Language and Culture, our international programs are conducted solely in English. Our academic year runs from October to September. For details about each program, please go to Degree Programs.

Master’s Programs and Five-year Ph.D. Programs

A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent

Three-year Ph.D. Programs

A master’s degree or its equivalent

Admission is competitive and involves careful, holistic consideration of each candidate through both document screening and interviews.

How to Apply
Application procedures differ by program. Some programs require that you apply directly to GRIPS whereas others require that you apply through a sponsoring organization. Please see below for how to apply to each program.

For details about each program, click on Degree Programs.

For information concerning funding including scholarships, go to Fees & Tuition Expenses.

For deadlines, see Application Deadlines by Program.
Online Application (directly to GRIPS)
Online applications for 2021-2022 admission are now open.

Master’s Programs

One-year Master‘s Program of Public Policy (MP1)
Two-year Master’s Program of Public Policy (MP2)
Macroeconomic Policy Program (MEP) (One year Program or Two year Program) for externally funded or self-financed applicants only
Public Finance Program (PF)
We are happy to announce that the World Bank Scholarship (JJ/WBGSP) is now open to students in our 2021/22 Public Finace Program Tax Course.

Ph.D. Programs

Five-year Ph.D. Program (minimum 3 years)

Policy Analysis Program (PA)
Three-year Ph.D. Programs

GRIPS Global Governance Program (G-cube)
Security and International Studies Program (SISP)
Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Program (STI)
Step 0  Online Application Guide


Step 1  Online Entry Form

Fill out and submit the Online Entry Form Here. The Admissions Office will send you an ID and a password by e-mail.

Step 2  Online Application Form

Use your ID and password to access GRIPS’ portal, G-way. Complete and submit the Online Application Form.

Step 3  Supporting documents

Send the required supporting documents to the Admissions Office by post.

Paper-based Application (directly to GRIPS)
To apply for any of the following programs, download the application guide and form below

Economics, Planning and Public Policy Program (EPP):PDF Word (2021-2022 now open)
Maritime Safety and Security Policy Program (MSP) for externally funded or self-financed international applicants only: PDF Word (2021-2022 now open)
Disaster Management Program – Ph.D. (DM): PDF Word(2021-2022 now open)

Apply through the sponsoring organization
Contact the relevant sponsoring organization for further details.

Program Contact organization
Young Leaders Program (YLP) Embassy of Japan
Macroeconomic Policy Program (MEP) IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Disaster Management Policy Program (DMP) JICA Office or Embassy of Japan
Maritime Safety and Security Policy Program (MSP) JICA Office
NOTE: GRIPS no longer accepts applications to the following three-year Ph.D. programs:

• Public Policy Program

• State Building and Economic Development Program (SBED)

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