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Jadavpur University Celebrates “10 Glorious Years”

October 24, 2013

Jadavpur University is one of the youngest members of the Sylff community, becoming the 67th institution to receive an endowment in 2003. Yet it has been one of the most successful in embodying the vision and mission of the global Sylff program.

Jadavpur fellows, past and present, gathered for the ceremony

Jadavpur fellows, past and present, gathered for the ceremony

Sylff fellows from Jadavpur University have been characterized by their compassion, enthusiasm for helping others, and openness to new ideas—all of which are necessary in a social leader. Many Jadavpur fellows have addressed the needs of less privileged groups, such as by promoting women’s rights, examining the cycle of violence among children growing up in red-light districts, and supporting the academic endeavors of civil war victims. The JU fellow’s association makes collective visits to leprosaria out of a desire to help the patients. And JU fellows have been among the handful of Sylff Research Abroad grant recipients during every application period, eager to incorporate new ideas from foreign sources into their research.

On September 24, 2013, the university celebrated 10 successful years of the Sylff program with a ceremony attended by more than 100 people, including Vice-Chancellor and Chairperson of the Sylff Steering Committee Professor Souvik Battacharyya, members of the Sylff Steering Committee, Chairman Yohei Sasakawa of the Nippon Foundation, current and past Sylff fellowship recipients, and other distinguished guests.

Professor Roy describes the university’s endeavors in nurturing innovative leaders

Professor Roy describes the university’s endeavors in nurturing innovative leaders

Mr. Sasakawa, telling fellows to embrace challenges ahead of them

Mr. Sasakawa, telling fellows to embrace challenges ahead of them

Ms. Suzuki congratulates Jadavpur on 10 successful years

Ms. Suzuki congratulates Jadavpur on 10 successful years


Professor Joyashree Roy, who has guided the Sylff program since its inception at Jadavpur as project director, welcomed the guests, pointing out that the program has strived to nurture innovative leaders for social change in India and around the world over the past decade.

The JU Sylff Association issued a special 10th anniversary newsletter, the enlarged cover of which is held up by Mr. Sasakawa and Vice-Chancellor Battacharyya

The JU Sylff Association issued a special 10th anniversary newsletter, the enlarged cover of which is held up by Mr. Sasakawa and Vice-Chancellor Battacharyya

Mr. Sasakawa, who has long been actively engaged in ending the social stigma faced by leprosy patients, noted that he was heartened by the Sylff Association’s grassroots activities, such as visits to leprosaria, because they can become significant forces for change in society and in people’s thinking. He shared stories from his “winding journey” in his decades-long fight against leprosy and discrimination, telling the fellows: “Welcome the twists and turns, the dead ends and detours that come your way because they are what will help you discover the true essence of the challenges that lie ahead.”

Mari Suzuki, the Tokyo Foundation’s director for leadership development, congratulated Jadavpur’s success in nurturing broad-minded leaders through the program.

The ceremony was organized by the Jadavpur University Sylff Association. During the ceremony, the Association distributed a tenth anniversary special edition of its annual newsletter and aired a video titled “JU-Sylff: The Journey So Far 2003-2013,” that it produced, showcasing the history of the Sylff program at the university (click here to view the video).

We wish Jadavpur University and the Sylff Association continued success in the program for many more years to come!

Read related Voices article here.

Sylff Operation Manual Is Revised, Website Renewed

September 5, 2011

The Sylff Operation Manual, revised in July 2011, has now been released. The manual provides Sylff program administrators at Sylff institutions with practical information and guidance for efficient and effective management of the program.

An online version of the Manual is available at the renewed website. Forms and samples for various reporting purposes can be downloaded for the convenience of administrators.

Another feature of the renewed site is the introduction of social bookmarking icons to further promote networking among fellows, administrators, and even people outside the Sylff community.

Enjoy browsing our renewed website!

Sylff@Tokyo: Bangladeshi Fellow Becomes Full-Time Researcher for Japanese Research Institute

June 24, 2011

Sylff fellow Abu Shonchoy of Bangladesh visited the Tokyo Foundation office on June 8, 2011, after becoming the first non-Japanese to be hired as a full-time researcher by the Institute of Developing Economies of the Japan External Trade Organization.

Shonchoy has been assigned to the Microeconomic Analysis Studies Group of IDE-JETRO and will conduct research into development economics, labor economics, public finance, and applied econometrics.

JETRO is a government-affiliated organization that promotes mutual trade and investment. Established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports, JETRO's core focus in the twenty-first century has shifted to promoting foreign direct investment in Japan and helping Japanese SMEs to maximize their export potential.

Shonchoy received a BA from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and earned a doctorate in economics in 2010 from the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales, where he was a recipient of a Sylff fellowship.

"I enjoy teaching, so I considered staying in academia," comments Shonchoy. He was a visiting professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in February-March 2011 and will be lecturing a course on "Development Economics: A Microeconomic Approach" this winter as a member of the practitioner faculty at the University of Tokyo.

"But I also need to do research, which I'm able to do thank to funding from the Institute of Developing Economies. That's why I decided to join the organization. I'm now studying the relationship between access to microcredit and temporary seasonal migration, an issue which is largely ignored in standard research on rural-urban migration.

"Thanks to Sylff, I was able to focus my doctoral research on areas in which I was most interested," says Shonchoy. "I've always been very grateful to Sylff for giving me such an opportunity, but I never thought I would actually come and work in Japan, where the fellowship originated. I hope to return the generosity with research that will contribute to building a better society for all."

The Tokyo Foundation welcomes visits by Sylff fellows or faculty members of Sylff institutions anytime to exchange views with the Foundation's research fellows and program officers. Interested fellows and faculty members should contact Mari Suzuki of the Foundation at scholarship[at] (replace [at] with @).

Charles University Sylff Fellow Named Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year 2009

February 16, 2010

On 22 January 2010 Štěpán Holub, a Charles University Sylff fellow was named Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year 2009 in the Czech Republic. The competition is organized by the Czech Bar Association ( together with Pilaw, an NGO ( Štěpán Holub was nominated for his pro bono legal support of people affected by asbestos. He is the second SYLFF fellow in the Czech Republic to be awarded a prize in the high-profile Lawyer of the Year competition; in 2006 Ondřej Dostál was awarded in the category, Talent of the Year.

Štěpán Holub graduated from the Faculty of Law at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He also studied at Stockholm University in Sweden from 2000 to 2001. He wrote his master thesis on the topic of "Legal Regulation of Packaging in the Czech Republic, Sweden and the European Union." He became a Sylff fellow in 2003, and served as a Sylff Fellows Council member from 2005 to 2007. Currently he works as a lawyer at Holubova Law Firm ( in Prague.

“Sylff Chamber Music Seminar Concert to be held in Vienna on October 4, 2009!

September 18, 2009

The Sylff Chamber Music Seminar Concert will be held in Vienna on October 4, 2009! Many talented Sylff-fellow musicians from the three Sylff musical institutions of Conservatoire national superieur de musique et de danse de Paris (France), The Juilliard School, (New York, U.S.A.), and University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Austria), will be gathering in Vienna where they will perform in a concert after practicing intensively for a week. This concert is organized as part of the festivities commemorating the 200th anniversary of the death of Joseph Haydn, the “father of classical chamber music.” The venue for the concert will thus be where Joseph Haydn spent 40 years of his life – the palace of the Prince of Eszterhazy in Eisenstadt.

Please join this unique concert, which will take place as follows:

When: 11:00 a.m. Sunday October 4th, 2009
Venue: Empiresaal, Schloss Esterházy, 7000 Eisenstadt, Austria Tel: +43 (0)2682 719 -3000

Ticket Price: 18 Euro (20% discount for students and retired persons)

The hall where the concert will take place. copyright(c)Schloss Eszterhazy Management

Detailed information on the concert (in English):

About the 200th anniversary of Joseph Haydn’s death (in English):

Detailed information on the concert (in German):

How to get a ticket (in German):

Please come and join us!

Global Announcements for Sylff Capacity Building

June 19, 2009

Your portal to non-Sylff related events, calls for contributions, publications of interest, and more…

Listed below are some 2009-2010 announcements, selected and compiled by members of the Sylff Fellows Council as a service to the SYLFF community.

These announcements may be of interest to Sylff fellows anywhere in the world and across disciplines, particularly as a gateway to resources for professional, academic and leadership development.

For further information on any particular announcement, please contact the respective organizers directly. Please note, however, that the Scholarship Division of the Tokyo Foundation and the SFC are not responsible for any problems or inconveniences that may arise from contacting the organizers or participating in these events.

New lists of announcements will be issued from time to time, so keep on checking this website for exciting notices!

If you are a Sylff fellow and would like to share non-Sylff related announcements, please send the information according to the following guidelines to Severine Minot, 2009 liaison officer of the SFC, via e-mail at severineminot[a]*[a] must be replaced by @).


Guidelines for submission of information on events, publications, prizes, and other professional opportunities for the Sylff website

  • In principle, the programs must be related to the fields of social sciences and humanities, as well as the arts. Those solely concerned with hard sciences are not accepted.
  • The programs should be academic in nature, and information on those promoting certain political or religious groups will not be accepted.
  • Submitted information should include the following items:

    (a) Name of the program (events, publications, prize, etc.)

    (b) Date and place

    (c) Brief introduction of the program (less than 40 words)

    (d) Organizer’s contact information (Website URL, contact person’s e-mail address, etc.)

  • The Scholarship Division reserves the right to decide whether or not to upload the information on the Sylff website..


We are on the lookout for:  

- Events (international conferences, seminars, workshops, seasonal and regular training programs, etc.)  

- Calls for contributions (for articles, presentations, research participation, award nominations, etc.)  

- Publications of interest (new periodicals and special journal issues, book launches, etc.)  

- Prizes, scholarships, fellowships and internships opportunities.  

- Professional opportunities (contract offers, calls for tenders, special position offers)

N.B. This tool is not an exhaustive database. This list and forthcoming ones are available as bulletins on the Sylff website and kept as archives.

Global Announcements June-2009