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How to Apply

A. Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. Be a national of a Bank member country that is eligible to borrow;
  2. Not be a dual citizen of any developed country;
  3. Be in good health with respect to the capacity to be a productive scholar for the duration of the Graduate Program, as certified by a medical doctor;
  4. Hold a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent university degree) with superior academic achievement earned more than three (3) years before the Scholarship Application Deadline;
  5. Have, at least three (3) years of paid development-related emplyment in one or more developing countries acquired since earning a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent university degree) and within the past six years from the date of the Application Deadline (with part time employment counted proportionately toward the 3-year requirement; and be employed in a paid full time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application. The only exception to this criteria is for developing country nationals from a country the list of Fragile and Conflict States noted in Annex 1. In these exceptional cases, we do take into consideration the limited employment opportunities in those countries listed in Annex 1;
  6. Be serving as tax officials in the Government in principle, and have at least three (3) years’ work experience in tax policy or tax administration of the Government in their home countries;
  7. Not have received any scholarship funding from the government of Japan or its agencies (including JICA, the Central Bank, and local governments) to help finance a graduate or professional degree (including Law, Medicine, Masters, PhD);
  8. Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of all types of appointments of the World Bank Group (the World Bank, International Development Association, International Finance Corporation, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes), or a close relative of the aforementioned; by blood or adoption with the term “close relative” defined as: Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece or Nephew.

Priority consideration will be given to applicants who:

  1. (a) are “mid-career officials”;
  2. (b) can receive an official leave of absence during the period of study;
  3. (c) are planning to return to the equivalent position (including the current one) in their home country after s/he completes the program;
  4. (d) are recommended by appropriate government agencies;
  5. (e) submitted GRE scores.

B. Application Requirements

The following are the documents to be submitted in addition to the application form:

  1. English proficiency: Each applicant must demonstrate a proficiency in English sufficient for undertaking instruction in that language. In this regard, a minimum TOEFL score of 79 for the internet based (TOEFL-iBT) or IELTS score of 6.5 is required for entrance into the program. In the case that only the paper-based TOEFL is available in your country, the required minimum score is 550. The only documents we accept are official TOEFL scores sent directly by Educational Testing Service (ETS) or official IELTS scores sent directly by the British Council. Please refer to the TOEFL webpage at http://www.ets.org/toefl or the IELTS webpage at http://www.britishcouncil.org/exam where you can obtain information regarding the examination. The institution code for Yokohama National University is 0410 for TOEFL. Choose 84 (economics) as the department code.
    The only exception is the case in which the primary language used for academic instructions and communication at the applicant’s undergraduate institution was English. In this case, you must include an official letter obtained from the university confirming this information. Those applicants who submit TOEFL or IELTS scores will be given priority in the selection process. We do NOT accept copies of TOEFL and IELTS scores sent by the applicants, nor the results of the TOEFL ITP, or any other exams conducted by private agencies.
  2. Two letters of recommendation: One must be from a supervisor at your workplace, and the other must be from a faculty member of the university from which you obtained your degree. Letters of recommendation must be submitted in an envelope sealed by the recommender.

    Note: Those applicants who are selected for the shortlist will be asked to submit a third recommendation from another workplace supervisor.

  3. Official academic transcripts: We only accept official transcripts in a sealed envelope issued by your university or school. The transcripts need to cover all your years for your Bachelor course and any other further post-secondary education.
  4. Statement of purpose (1,200 words or less): Please explain briefly: a) why you have chosen to apply for the “Public Policy and Taxation Program” with an M.A. in Economics at YNU; b) explain what courses you plan to take, and; c) what research topic you may want to write for your Master's theses if admitted. You may also use this statement to express any strengths you may have which you feel will help you succeed in any of the following: completing rigorous course work in economics; living in Japan, far away from family and friends for two years; success in the mandatory internship at the National Tax Agency, etc. Use the forms provided in the application package or download from our website, attaching additional sheets if needed. Please type or print cleary.

Telephone interviews may be conducted to assess English proficiency and/or to confirm any other information contained in the applicant's file. Applicants who cannot be reached for a telephone interview will become ineligible.

Lastly, although this is not required, if you have taken the GRE, please have the official score sent to the program. The institutional GRE code for Yokohama National University is 0410. Those who present GRE scores will be considered favorably in the selection process.

C. How to Apply

  1. Application forms will be mailed upon request. To receive an application package or for more information, please direct inquiries to:

    MPE Office
    Email: is-mpeynu.ac.jp
    Fax +81-45-339-3608
    Inquiries by telephone will not be accepted.

  2. The application form can be downloaded from this website. Please click here for the 2019 Application.

The following materials constitute your application.

  • Application Form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two Confidential Letters of Recommendation (Workplace and University)
  • Official Academic Transcript from the University-Bachelor Degre and higher)
  • Address Label (bottom half of your checklist)
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS Score or a letter from your undergraduate institution confirming that the primary language used for academic instruction was English.
  • Official GRE Score (if available)

Use the original copy of the application form. We do not accept photocopies. We do not accept applications via fax, email or on-line.

Your application should be submitted to the following address by mail (Airmail or Courier service):

MPE Office
Graduate School of International Social Sciences
Yokohama National University
79-3 Tokiwadai, Hodogaya-ku
Yokohama, 240-8501 JAPAN

WE DO NOT ACCEPT applications via fax, email or online.

Please note that:

  1. (1) None of the application materials can be returned to applicants under any circumstances.
  2. (2) A medical certificate will be required in the online application procedure with the World Bank, see below (3).
  3. (3) After the YNU application deadline of February 28, 2019, those applicants who are short-listed will be asked to complete an online application at a website administered by the World Bank for the final round ofselection.

D. Application Deadline

Application forms for 2019 Admission (for study program from October 2019-September 2021) are now available (see Item C above). Applications for the 2019 admission must reach the MPE Office by NO LATER than February 28, 2019.


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