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東京大学公共政策大学院 | GraSPP / Graduate School of Public Policy | The university of Tokyo

Call for Application – A2 Case study: GraSPP Policy Challenge 2023 (GPPN Annual Conference 2024 in Paris) 2023年10月17日(火)

締切日/開催日 2023年10月24日(火)

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 GraSPP Policy Challenge 2023

Can you propose workable solutions to important public policy problems?
Can you apply your analytical skills to solve a policy issue?
Do you want to showcase your idea during an international conference?
Do you want to meet creative students from all around the world?


GraSPP Policy Challenge (GPC) offers a unique opportunity to students from diverse background to collaborate and seek to improve their teambuilding and policy-making skills. Participants are tasked with responding to pressing real-world policy challenges as a group, and with designing policies and proposals in response to those challenges.

All Master‘s students at GraSPP and/or STIG are strongly encouraged to apply. Finalist groups will be ultimately invited to present at the GPPN 2024 Annual Conference hosted by Sciences Po, Paris in February 2024.



The theme for the 2024 GPPN Conference is: Policy proposals to reduce the impact of climate change on vulnerable population and territory”

Studies have shown that climate change has serious consequences on social aspects. We know that the most vulnerable populations are the first victims of it and that the climate crisis is responsible for worsening social inequalities. Regional inequalities, inequalities in access to resources and climate refugees are direct effects of climate change. How can public policies limit the impact of climate change on societies ? We are looking for creative solutions for policymakers and governments.


The Challenge:

The GPPN invites students to work on an important policy challenge in any field in line with the chosen theme. Proposals can incorporate public, private or hybrid approaches. 

We are looking for student presentations on public policy proposals that demonstrate:

  • Argumentation : A precise identification and analysis of the targeted population or territory; this precise analysis of the problem will need to be clear prior to discussion of any possible solutions
  • Figures : A strong use of analytics and empirics and how these can be applied to inform a solution to the public policy problem identified
  • Implementation : An astute understanding of how policy solutions can be implemented given the interests of the policy actors in the chosen context
  • Benchmarking : A clear awareness of when similar solutions have been tried in the past, why they were successful or amended in order to be successful in the future.

To see examples of past proposals, you can watch the four presentations on the GPPN website from last year’s conference:


 To apply:

Application Guideline

Course Syllabus

Application Form

Please read the Application Guideline carefully and apply from here by noon, 24 October. Students should form teams between 2 and 4 members and work together to develop their proposals. Each member should only participate in 1 team. The group must consist of 2-4 Master’s students who are currently enrolled in GraSPP and/or STIG.

You may also apply individually and leave GraSPP to find your teammates. The groups and advisors will be announced by 27 October.


Schedule (TBC):

Noon, 24 October: Application deadline

27 October: Briefing Session (mandatory for all participants)

23 November: Submission of Research Proposals

6-12 December: A2 Course Registration

11-15 December (TBC): Presentation Screening – Selection of the GPPN 2024 Conference teams

28 January 2024: Deadline for final PPT slides and a policy proposal 

Early February (TBC): Presentation Rehearsal (*GPPN 2024 Conference participants only)  

22-23 February: GPPN 2024 Conference in Paris



This project is conducted as Case Study courseGraSPP Policy Challenge – Global Innovative Public Policy Solutions” (5140735) in A2. Those who complete all the requirements will be able to earn 2 credits. (Grades: Pass/Fail) 

Course registration is required separately to earn credits, which will be done by GraSPP Office, not via UTAS. Students willing to participate in the course must pre-register via online registration form.

This course can be taken repeatedly and counted as up to 4 credits.



Programme Coordinator – Aoi Ohno < ppsupport.j[at] > (replace [at] with @)