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The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Foundation Fellowship

The Sasakawa Young Leaders Foundation Fellowship (SYLFF) is designed to provide full financial support to outstanding Ph.D. students admitted to candidacy with a research concentration in international affairs and/or world peace.

Eligibility: Candidates must be advanced to Ph.D. candidacy with research and career interest in international affairs and/or world peace. Students must be enrolled full-time with a minimum GPA of 3.5. Domestic and International students are eligible for this award.  

Terms: Full tuition and fees and a stipend of $25,000 for one academic year, renewable for no more than two years. The fellowship also includes a research award of up to $2,000 over the two- year period ($500 of the research award may be used for educational supplies, and $1,500 for dissertation research related travel expenses). 

Application:  One (1) copy of the materials listed below must be submitted to your Department Chair by Monday,  February 12, 2018.

  • A Cover Letter endorsing the application from the candidate’s Department Chair or the Director of Graduate Studies

  • SYLFF Application Form

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Approved Candidacy Form

  • Approved Dissertation Proposal (5-10 pages)
  •  Statement addressing the candidate’s research contribution to international affairs and/or world peace and how it makes a difference to society. (up to 3 pages)

  • Two Letters of Recommendation: one from the candidate’s major advisor and one from a faculty member at Howard University in the candidate’s research area.

Department Chair must submit the application packet to Room 103, Graduate School, Annex III, by 5 pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Late applications will not be considered.


SYLFF Leadership Initiatives

Leadership Initiatives encourage all members of the SYLFF community—current and graduated SYLFF fellows as well as members of the SYLFF steering committee at SYLFF-endowed institutions—to tackle critical issues and take initiatives in planning and implementing social action projects that have a great impact on the local/global community, as well as forums, conferences, seminars, workshops etc. that address contemporary issues of social relevance.

Taking initiatives will enhance your leadership capabilities and commitment in contributing to society. We welcome YOUR initiatives to help resolve complicated problems in this age of uncertainty.

Learn more about Sylff.