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Sylff Association

Sylff Association

The Sylff Association was launched in April 2017 to commemorate Sylff’s 30th anniversary. It brings closer together the many stakeholders in our community: current and graduated fellows, steering committee members at the 69 Sylff institutions, and the staff of the Nippon Foundation and the Tokyo Foundation.* It will “pool the wisdom that has been accumulated over the years and deepen and strengthen the ties among us,” notes Association Chairman Yohei Sasakawa in his message introducing the new initiative.

The Association will be offering various support programs on a continuing basis to promote fellows’
academic advancement and development as leaders, as well as to encourage networking.

Fellows are encouraged to share their insights, knowledge, and experience with other Association members to hone their leadership qualities and to promote peaceful, sustainable, and socially inclusive development.

For more information, download the Sylff Association brochure (pdf file).


* Sylff is a joint Tokyo Foundation–Nippon Foundation program. The Association is an initiative by the Tokyo Foundation (which serves as the secretariat) to create a more personalized program.

If you are a Sylff fellowship recipient but have not been receiving email communications from the Tokyo Foundation, please contact us at sylff[a]tkfd.or.jp (replace [a]with @) to get connected. Please also let us know if there are changes in your email or postal address or other contact information.

Message from the Chairman

A Dynamic Movement for Positive Change

Yohei Sasakawa

Sylff is a global fellowship program aimed at nurturing leaders who will initiate action to transcend differences and address issues confronting contemporary society. The qualities such leaders must possess will change as society changes, and forms of effective leadership will invariably differ from one region to another.

As Sylff commemorates its 30th anniversary in 2017, we have made a decision to consolidate the many Sylff stakeholders into what we are calling the Sylff Association to pool the wisdom that has been accumulated over the years and to deepen and strengthen the ties among us. The Association will bring together all current and graduated fellows, steering committee members at the 69 Sylff institutions, and the staff of the Nippon Foundation and the Tokyo Foundation together into a single, more closely identifiable community.

I hope that every one of you will give renewed thought to what leadership qualities are required in today’s world to promote peaceful, sustainable, and socially inclusive development. And I hope that you will actively share your insights, knowledge, and experience with fellow Association members.
One thing that makes Sylff unique from other global fellowship programs is the support offered to
fellows throughout their careers—not just during the fellowship period. The new Sylff Association will play a key role in strengthening this distinctive quality.

The choice of what we do with our Association membership, though, is ultimately up to you. I hope you’ll choose to maximize your engagement with our community and enrich your Sylff experience. I look forward to working closely with you to make the Sylff Association a truly dynamic movement that facilitates positive change in society.

Yohei Sasakawa
Chairman of the Sylff Association
Chairman of the Nippon Foundation


Mr. Sasakawa would be happy to hear about your research and other activities, and you are welcome to write to him at the following address:
c/o Sylff Association
Roppongi Grand Tower, 34th Fl.,
3-2-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6234, Japan
e-mail: sylff[a]tkfd.or.jp (replace [a] with @)

Chairman Sasakawa, who also serves as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, has been leading the struggle against Hansen’s disease and discrimination faced by people affected with leprosy for over 40 years. Read his articles (in English) that he recently began writing on this topic for the Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/yohei-sasakawa

Sylff Program

The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) Program

The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, or Sylff, is a fellowship program initiated in 1987 to support students pursuing graduate studies in the humanities and social sciences. To date, endowments of $1 million each have been presented to 69 universities and consortia in 44 countries. The Sylff program aims to identify and nurture leaders who will overcome differences in nationality, language, ethnicity, religion, and political systems to tackle global issues, and whose high integrity and drive to address issues unique to their respective countries can make a real difference. About 16,000 students have received fellowships since the program's launch, and many of these Sylff fellows have gone on to become leaders in a variety of fields following graduation.

The Sylff Program is a collaborative initiative of the Nippon Foundation, the endowment donor, and the Tokyo Foundation, the program administrator. It was inspired by the vision of the late Ryoichi Sasakawa, philanthropist and founding chairman of the Nippon Foundation, who said that “The world is one family, and all mankind are brothers and sisters.” Endowments at institutions of higher learning throughout the world serve as sustainable sources of fellowships that are provided to support the education of outstanding students with high potential for leadership.

The Sylff steering committee established at each Sylff-endowed institution is responsible for implementing the fellowship program. Sylff institutions fall under two categories according to how fellowships are funded. Those adhering to the “conventional scheme” undertake endowment management in addition to announcing a call for applications and selecting and communicating with students (click here for details). Those opting for the “new financial scheme” are freed of their endowment-management responsibilities and can focus on working with fellows. Under the new scheme, the Tokyo Foundation provides up to US$50,000 per institution to students nominated by the steering committee (click here for details).

History

Since its inception in 1987, Sylff has evolved into a global fellowship program administered at 69 world-leading institutions of higher learning in 44 countries. To date, about 16,000 graduate students in the humanities and social sciences have received fellowships, and these Sylff fellows have gone on to become leaders in a variety of fields following graduation.

1987~1996

Year Events
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
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1997~2006

Year Events
1997
  • Sylff administrators meeting convened in Vancouver, Canada, in conjunction with 49th annual conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Global Foundation for Research and Scholarship (GFRS) established
  • Administrative responsibilities of Sylff Program transferred from Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) to GFRS.
  • Sylff administrators meeting convened in Barcelona, Spain, in conjunction with 1997 annual conference of European Association for International Education (EAIE)
1998
1999
  • Sylff endowment established at Vietnam National University (Vietnam)
  • Foundation name changed from GFRS to the Tokyo Foundation
  • Scholarship Division’s International Advisory Committee (IAC) established
2000
2001
2002
2003
  • Sylff endowment established at:
    University of Jordan (Jordan)
    Jadavpur University (India)
    Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)
  • Sylff North/South America Regional Forum convened at the University of Texas at Austin (USA)
  • Sylff Africa/Europe Regional Forum convened at American University in Cairo (Egypt)
  • Sylff Asia/Pacific Regional Forum convened at Chiang Mai University, Thailand
  • Provisional Sylff Fellows Council (PSFC) established (-2008)
  • Sylff Network Program (SNP) launched (-2008)
2004
2005
2006
  • Sylff Chamber Music Seminar convened at The Juilliard School (USA)
  • Sylff network database launched
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2007~

Year Events
2007
2008
  • Sylff Prizes awarded to Rigobert Minani-Bihuzo in Tokyo
  • Sylff Chamber Music Seminar convened at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Austria)
  • Sylff website launched
2009
2010
  • Sylff Administrators Meeting convened at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Japan)
  • Sylff Chamber Music Seminar convened at the Juilliard School (USA)
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
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Administrators Meetings

Visit Us

Sylff Association Secretariat 
Roppongi Grand Tower, 34th Fl.,
3-2-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6234, Japan

Access

  • Roppongi-itchome Stn. (Nanboku L.): Direct link from Exit 1
  • Roppongi Stn. (Hibiya L., Oedo L.): 5 min. from Exit 5
  • Tameike-sanno Stn. (Ginza L., Nanboku L.): 8 min. from Exit 13
  • Kamiyacho Stn. (Hibiya L.): 10 min. from Exit 2

Contact

For more information about the Sylff program, contact:

Sylff Association Secretariat
Roppongi Grand Tower, 34th Fl.,
3-2-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6234, Japan

Phone: +81-3-5797-8402 / Fax: +81-3-5570-6032
e-mail: sylff[a]tkfd.or.jp
(replace [a] with @)

Secretariat

Yohei Sasakawa

Chairman

S.Oda

Sanae Oda

Executive Director

M.Suzuki

Mari Suzuki

Director

Y.kaburagi

Yoko Kaburagi

Director

Y.Arai

Yumi Arai

Program Officer

Aya Oyamada

Program Officer

K.Sugai

Keita Sugai

Program Officer

T.Yamada

Tomoko Yamada

Program Officer

Y.Zhang

Yue Zhang

China Relations

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