National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)




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.


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



Over 90% of our students receive full scholarships. Scholarships are provided by the Japanese government and international organizations and are allocated through GRIPS. A limited number of GRIPS Fellowships are also available to qualified doctoral students.


Admissions and Deadlines

Admission is competitive and involves careful, holistic consideration of each candidate through both document screening and interviews. For candidates who wish to be considered for a scholarship allocated through GRIPS, the application deadline is typically in November or December.


For further details on the application process, please go to How to Apply.


Our International Programs

With the exception of the Graduate Program in Japanese Language and Culture, our international programs are conducted solely in English. GRIPS operates on a four-term international calendar and the academic year runs from October to September. We have a 16-week Fall Term, 8-week Winter Term, 16-week Spring Term, and 8-week Summer Term.


You can choose from the following degree programs:


Master’s Programs


Ph. D. Programs

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GRIPS National Graduate Institute For Policy Studies

7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677
TEL:03-6439-6000 FAX:03-6439-6010