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The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Foundation Fellowship

Sasakawa Young Leaders Foundation Fellowship (SYLFF) Program for 2020-2021 Academic Year

The Sasakawa Young Leaders Foundation Fellowship (SYLFF) is designed to provide full financial support to outstanding Ph.D. students admitted to candidacy in the Social Science Division with a research concentration in international affairs and/or world peace. The SYLFF fellowship is a merit-based and competitive fellowship offered upon recommendation by the SYLFF Advisory Committee at Howard University



Candidates must be advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in the Social Sciences Division 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.


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).


Candidate: One (1) copy of the materials listed below must be submitted to your department chair by Monday, February 10, 2020.
1. Cover Letter from the candidate’s Department Chair or the Director of Graduate Studies endorsing the application
2. SYLFF Application Form (Use pages 2-5)
3. Curriculum Vitae
4. Approved Candidacy Form
5. Approved Dissertation Proposal: No more than 10 single-spaced pages. If longer than 10 pages, excerpt or summarize to convey the essential points.
6. Statement addressing the candidate’s research contribution to international affairs and/or world peace and how it makes a difference to society. No more than 3 single-spaced pages.
7. Two Letters of Recommendation (Use pages 6-9): One from the candidate’s major advisor and one from a faculty member at Howard University in the candidate’s research area.
Department Chair: Chair must submit the complete application packet to the SYLFF office, Suite 200, Graduate School, Annex III, no later than 5 pm on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Late applications will not be considered.


All inquires are to be addressed to Dr. Mika Kato at