Applications for admission to GRIPS for 2024-2025 are now open.

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Apply for the GRIPS International Scholarships 2024/2025


Located in the heart of the fascinating city of Tokyo, The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) is an international premier policy school with the aim of contributing to the betterment of democratic governance around the world. We excel at providing interdisciplinary education for future leaders in the public sector and conduct research on contemporary policy issues to generate innovative solutions.

Founded in 1997 as a stand-alone graduate institute, GRIPS is comprised of world-class academics and distinguished practitioners with expertise in public sector policy formulation and management. Around 20% of the faculty and 70% of students are recruited from outside Japan. Our vibrant, diverse student body consists of almost 400 members hailing from 63 countries and regions – all with the ambition to advance good governance across the globe or contribute to policy related research.

How to Apply

Before You Apply

For the details of each program, go to Degree Programs.

For information about funding including scholarships, go to Scholarships / Tuition and Fees

For the details of each scholarship provider, see Scholarship Eligibility and Details chart.

For deadlines, see Application Deadlines by Program

Application Eligibility

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

Online Application (directly to GRIPS)


Applications for admission to GRIPS for 2024-2025 are now open.

To apply for any of the programs listed below, download our application guide and forms via the links below.

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)
  • Maritime Safety and Security Policy Program (MSP) for externally funded or self-financed international applicants only

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)
  • Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Program (STI) 

Application Guide PDFApplication Forms

 ・Application for Admission PDF Word

 ・Statement of Purpose PDF Word

 ・Letter of Recommendation, Certificate of Employment PDF Word

 ・Research Proposal (only for applicants for Two year master’s and Ph.D. programs) PDF Word

 ・WCO Nomination Form (only for applicants for the Public Finance Program Customs course) PDF Word

Eligible Countries
International (Non-Japanese)

Benefit and Overview of the Scholarships

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Master’s programs
Program                   Scholarship                      
One-year Master’s Program of Public Policy (MP1) / Two-year Master’s Program of Public Policy (MP2)・Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship・Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP)            
Public Finance Program (PF)(Tax)Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)
Public Finance Program (PF)(Customs)Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Programme (Scholarship Programme)
Ph.D. programs
Program                   Scholarship                      
Policy Analysis Program (PA)Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship
Program                   Scholarship                                            
GRIPS Global Governance Program (G-cube)Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship
Disaster Management ProgramICHARM Research Assistantship
Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Program (STI)Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship


  • Specific scholarship allocations will be determined by GRIPS, based on the eligibility requirements stipulated by the scholarship providers (see Scholarship Eligibility and Details chart). 
  • If you wish to be considered for one of these GRIPS-allocated scholarships, please simply apply to our program. (see How to Apply). 

To Apply Visit Official Webpage Here

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