Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund

For the past 20 years, Graduate Fellowships for International Research are supported by an endowment to the Oregon University System (OUS) that established the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff). Similar endowments in 69 institutions or consortia in 44 countries have been established by the Nippon Foundation and are administered through the Tokyo Foundation. The goal of the Sylff Program is to nurture future leaders who will transcend geopolitical, religious, ethnic, and cultural boundaries in the world community for the peace and the well‐being of humankind. General information about Sylff programs is available at: http://www.sylff.org/

The stipend for OUS‐Sylff fellows is up to $12,000 for the academic year to assist with educational and research expenses. Approximately eight fellowships are awarded each year and partial fellowship stipends may be given each year to help subsidize research‐ related expenses and travel.

Fellowship stipends are awarded to full‐time degree‐seeking graduate students for one academic year of graduate work involving research and scholarly endeavors in programs and projects with an international dimension. The focus is on master’s and doctoral degree‐seeking students within OUS who have high potential for leadership in international affairs, in public life or private endeavor. Outstanding students in the social/behavioral sciences, arts and humanities, and directly‐related professional fields (e.g., public policy, business, law, and communications) will be considered through nomination by their respective graduate department/program.

Each department or graduate program may nominate a single student. The nominating department or graduate program is then required to oversee the submission of the complete nomination/application file. In addition, the nominating department or graduate program must indicate its own (or its institution’s) commitment to the financial support of nominees (e.g., via a graduate teaching or research assistantship, tuition waiver, or fellowship/scholarship). Although nominations may be made for students lacking supplemental funding, priority will be given to those nominations in which a strong commitment to institutional support of the graduate student is exhibited. This fellowship is an opportunity to assist outstanding graduate students with an attractive package of support.

Departments/graduate programs are responsible for nominating student applicants and for submitting complete nomination files, which shall include:
–A nominating letter from the department chair or graduate program director indicating the departmental/institutional commitment to financial support of the nominee;
–Three letters of reference addressing the student’s qualifications and potential related to this fellowship;
–The application form prepared by the student; Official undergraduate* and graduate transcripts; GRE score* (if required by the department/program); and  TOEFL score* (for international students whose native language is not

[*Photocopies of undergraduate transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores may be submitted by the nominating department/program only if the original hard copies are on‐file in the academic department/program.]

The application form can be downloaded from http://gradschool.uoregon.edu/SYLFF Questions about the application process may be addressed to (541) 346‐2807 or kmfisher@uoregon.edu

Complete nomination files must be submitted to the address below and received no later than Friday, April 6, 2012.

Graduate School ATTN: Sylff Selection Committee 1219 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403‐1219

The OUS‐ Sylff Steering Committee will announce selection of fellowship awardees in June 2012.


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