The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) was founded in 1997 as a stand-alone national graduate university focused on policy studies. Future policy leaders and researchers from all over the world gather here, forming an international research hub.
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 composed of more than 3,000 international professionals.
You will find a rich diversity in our student body, our faculty, and our curriculum.
- 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.
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.
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Full scholarships are available for exceptionally qualified candidates who have been accepted for study at GRIPS. These scholarships are provided by the Japanese government (MEXT) and international organizations, as well as GRIPS. The specific scholarship will be determined by GRIPS based on eligibility requirements imposed by the scholarship providers. What the scholarship covers A monthly stipend which is intended to cover living expenses such as food, clothing, and other daily expenses, as well as accommodation, transportation, medical treatment, insurance, and various miscellaneous expenses related to your study at GRIPS. This stipend is fixed and cannot be increased to cover family members. Application fee, admission fee, and tuition. An economy-class air ticket from your home country to Japan upon enrollment at GRIPS and an economy-class air ticket from Japan to your home country upon completion of your studies at GRIPS. *Allowances and rules differ slightly for each scholarship.