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University of Tokyo Scholarships for Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP)

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Overview

In October 2011, the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), University of Tokyo, will welcome a second cohort to its new 2-year Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP), geared towards providing students the opportunity to earn a professional degree in public policy while completing all required coursework in English.

All courses offered in MPP/IP are also open to English-competent students in the Japanese MPP program. Additionally, student groups and school organized extra-curricular activities are combined, allowing for increased social and scholarly exchange. Furthermore, MPP/IP students have access to courses in other graduate schools, both English and, language competency permitting, Japanese based.

Scholarships

Successful applicants for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP), The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) and Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia (JISPA) will be awarded funding covering all tuition and admission fees, as well as housing and subsistence allowance. Travel expenses between the awardees’ home countries and Tokyo will also be provided.

Annual Intake

  • The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) : 8
  • The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP): 2 or 3
  • Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia (JISPA): 5-7Note: Applicants for JISPA must apply through IMF’s on-line application system.

Qualifications for Enrollment of the MPP Program

To be eligible for admission to an M.P.P. program, applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

Applicants who expect to earn the required degree(s) between the time of application and the end of September 2011 should submit with their application an official statement that certifies anticipated graduation.

Applicants must have completed at least 16 years of education including at the university level, or its equivalent. Applicants who have spent fewer than 16 years completing their elementary, middle school, high school and university education must explain in detail their academic history.

Please be informed that those applying based on non-standard qualifications should contact the MPP/IP Admission Office, Graduate School of Public Policy prior to applying. For details, please refer to Appendix I.

*Applicants must be proficient enough in English to participate in lectures and receive academic guidance in English at the graduate level

Scholarship Program

Successful applicants for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP), The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) and Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia (JISPA) will be awarded funding covering all tuition and admission fees, as well as housing and subsistence allowance. Travel expenses between the awardees’ home countries and Tokyo will also be provided.

I. Eligibility for JJ/WBGSP

To be eligible for receiving a scholarship under JJ/WBGSP, the student must meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. Be a national of a Bank member borrowing country.
  2. Be under the age of 45, and generally under 35.
  3. Have at least two (2) years of recent full time professional experience acquired after a university degree, in the applicant’s home country or in another developing country.
  4. Hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
  5. Be in good health.
  6. Not be a permanent resident or a national of any industrialized country.
  7. Not be residing in an industrialized country for more than one (1) year at the time of applying.
  8. Executive Directors, their alternates, staff of the World Bank Group (the Bank, International Finance Corporation, International Development Association, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes) and close relatives of the aforementioned are excluded from consideration. JJ/WBGSP Partnership Program

II. Eligibility for ADB-JSP

To be eligible for receiving a scholarship under ADB-JSP, the student must meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. A national of an ADB borrowing member country (applicants from countries that are no longer borrowing from ADB are not eligible for the ADB-JSP Scholarship).
  2. Gained admission to an approved MA/PhD course at a designated institution.
  3. A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with superior academic record. In Japan, an individual is required to be enrolled in school for at least 16 years in order to complete a bachelor’s degree. For applicants who have earned their master’s degree in their home country and have completed only 16 years, their master’s level education will only be equivalent to a Japanese bachelor’s degree. The bachelor’s degree equivalent will be determined by the designated institution.
  4. At least two (2) years of full-time professional working experience (acquired after a university degree) at the time of application. Proficiency in oral and written English communication skills to be able to pursue studies.
  5. Not more than 35 years old at the time of application. In exceptional cases, for programs which are appropriate for senior officials and managers, the age limit is 45 years old.
  6. In good health.
  7. Should agree to return to his/her home country after completion of studies under the Program.
  8. Executive Directors, Alternate Directors, management and staff of ADB, consultants, and relatives of the aforementioned are not eligible for the Scholarship.
  9. Staff of designated institutions are not eligible for the Scholarship.
  10. Applicants living or working in a country other than his/her home country are not eligible for scholarships.
  11. ADB-JSP does not support applicants who are already enrolled in graduate degree programs.
  12. ADB-JSP does not sponsor undergraduate studies, distance learning programs, short-term training, conferences, seminars, thesis writing, and research projects.

III. Application Procudure for IMF-JISPA

The applicant for the partnership track under IMF-JISPA is required to apply through IMF’s online application system which is available on the IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific website. For details, please follow the instructions on their website.

Application Form and Supporting Documentation Requirements

Applicants must obtain the necessary forms from the Graduate School of Public Policy’s website and prepare the documents according to the list below. Applications must be written in English. If documents are not written in English or in Japanese, an official English or Japanese translation must be attached.

1. APPLICATION Form (Form #1)

  • This document should be typed in English.

2. Official Proof of Graduation

  • One official document of graduation, certified with the seal/stamp of the university from which you earned your bachelor degree (Please do not send the original diploma.)
  • Those who have not yet graduated from their course of study at the time of application are requested to submit an authorized statement of anticipated graduation.

3. Official Transcript

  • An official transcript listing all courses and grades, certified with the seal/stamp of the university from which you earned your bachelor degree.
  • If available, a cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) should be included. The GPA statement should be part of the official transcript, or, if separate, should bear an official university or registrar seal. It should include an explanation of the numerical values used to calculate the average.
  • If available, an authorized certificate of class ranking may also be included.
  • If the applicant has changed his/her university, he/she should include a transcript from the former university or college. These need to be translated to English.

4. Proof of English Proficiency

  • Either TOEFL or IELTS test scores are required as proof of English competency. An application to the MPP/IP program will not be reviewed without an official score report send to the Graduate School of Public Policy directly from the testing organization. The official scores must reach the Graduate School of Public Policy no later than January 31, 2012 JST. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the Official Score Report reaches the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy prior to the application deadline. The English proficiency test must have been taken within two years of the time of the application’s arrival date.
  • TOEFL: A TOEFL Official Score Report must be sent by ETS (Educational Testing Service) directly to the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo (Institution Code: 8554). (The Examinee’s Score Record is not acceptable.) Applicants should note the date of the score report request in Form #1. Note: ETS will issue the Official Score Report only for a PBT, CBT, or iBT taken within two years- (An ITP score is not acceptable).
  • IELTS: Applicants can alternatively submit an IELTS test report which also must be sent by the testing organization directly to the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo.
  • The TOEFL or IELTS requirement does not apply to native speakers of English. Also, an applicant who earned a bachelor’s degree -or the international equivalent – from an institution in which English was the primary institutional language of instruction does not need to submit proof of English proficiency. Please refer to “FAQ: TOEFL/IELTS exemption” for a list of qualifications that may exempt a student from having to submit proof of English proficiency. If your qualification appears on the list, contact our office to assess your case. If the qualification does not appear on the list, there will be no exemption.

5. GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) General Test Official Score Report (optional, but strongly recommended)

  • Applicants are encouraged to submit a GRE General Test Official Score. This is optional, but scores will be taken into consideration, if supplied.
  • The Official Score Report must be sent by ETS (Educational Testing Service) directly to the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo (Institution Code: 3944). (The Examinee’s Score Record is not acceptable.) To be considered as part of the application, applicants are responsible for ensuring that the Official Score Report reaches the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy prior to the application deadline: no later than January 31, 2012 JST. Applicants should write the date of the request made to ETS in Form #1. ETS will issue the Official Score Reports only for tests taken within five years.

6. Two Letters of Reference (Form #2-ONE, Form #2-TWO)

  • Must be written in English or Japanese (or a certified translation into Japanese or English).
  • Each letter, together with Form #2, must be enclosed in a sealed envelope. The referee must sign his/her name across the seal of the envelope.
  • The Letters of reference should arrive no later than January 31, 2012 JST. The application will not be reviewed without two letters of reference.

7. Statement of Purpose (Form #3)

  • Applicants should submit a statement of purpose for studying at MPP/IP, GraSPP.
  • This document should be typed and written in English.
  • The length of the Statement of Purpose should not exceed one thousand (1000) words.

8. Letter of Endorsement (Form #4)

9. Statement of Eligibility and Expression of Intent (Form #5)

10.One photocopy of the applicant’s passport photo page (Please do not send the original.)

  • Applicants who do not currently possess a passport may submit a copy of a census register or other proof of citizenship.
  • Japanese nationals need not submit a proof of citizenship.

11.Three passport-style photographs (Please write your name on the back.)

  • Size: 4cm (Height) x 3cm (Width).
  • All should be the same, in color and taken within the last six months.
  • Upper frontal view without hat, etc.

12.Receipt for Remittance of Application Fee*

  • For applicants residing outside Japan: JPY10,000
  • Please note that payment of application fees can be made by credit card through the university’s e-payment system. Refer to e-shiharai.netfor instructions.

13.Checklist (Form #6)

*Please note that none of the submitted documents and materials will be returned.

*An email confirming receipt of all documents necessary to review one’s application will be sent to the e-mail address provided on the application form by GraSPP’s Admissions Office.

Application Package

Note:
Application Forms are MS Word documents. Please complete the forms with MS Word. In case you don’t have MS Word, print the PDF files and complete them with handwriting in block letters with a black or blue ballpoint pen. Signatures must be handwritten.

Note:
Applicants who wish to be considered for ADB-JSP are required to send a completed Information Sheet by email together with the Application Form.

Application Period

Thursday, December 1, 2011 to Tuesday, January 31, 2012. (JST)

Application Procedure

For enrolment in October 2012, completed application documents must be submitted to the Graduate School of Public Policy via registered mail or an international delivery service (such as UPS or FEDEX) by the deadline. Prior to sending the hard copy of all the documents, applicants are required to submit an Application Form (Form #1 only) to: mppip@pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp by email detailing the date of sending the application, means of shipping and its tracking number. The Admissions Office will notify the applicant an application number after receiving the email. Applicants should refer to this application number for all communications thereafter.

Application documents must be submitted in their original forms during the period from Thursday, December 1, 2011 to Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Applications for the MPP/IP Program that arrive after January 31, 2012 JST will not be considered for their candidature to JJ/WBGSP or ADB-JSP. Applicants should take the TOEFL or IELTS as early as possible, as submission of the Official Score Report is an indispensable part of the selection procedure (applications will be considered incomplete without these official score reports).

*Please note that we do not accept applications by solely email or fax.

Address

All the application documentations should be sent to the following address:

MPP/IP Admissions Office, Graduate School of Public Policy
The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
Fax (For inquiries only – not for submission of applications): +81-3-5841-3190
E-mail: mppip@pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp

http://www.pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/mppip/scholarship.htm

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