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【New】June 10, 2020

Sylff to Offer Fellows COVID-19 Emergency Support, Seeks Donations

The Sylff Association secretariat will provide emergency financial support to all fellows whose efforts to earn a degree have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are also asking members of the Sylff community for donations to help finance this initiative.

The COVID-19 outbreak has affected universities around the world. Some fellows have told us that financial and other difficulties have forced them to interrupt their studies and research. This is a serious concern, since earning a degree is the first step in building a career. The aim of this emergency support program is to help defray fellows’ living expenses and encourage them to continue their studies and research at their home Sylff institutions.

We are currently identifying eligible fellows* in collaboration with Sylff steering committees at all 69 Sylff institutions. We have received information from many institutions, as of June 10, 2020, and would appreciate the remaining institutions to respond promptly so that support can reach those who need it.**

Transfer procedures and other details will be communicated to Sylff institutions when the process of identifying eligible fellows is completed by mid-June. A report will also be made on this website for the Sylff community.

At the same time, we will later announce on the website how members of the Sylff community may offer donations to help finance the program. The secretariat would be grateful for any support you can give to ensure that fellows can continue their studies in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

*Fellows eligible for emergency support are those who are currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at their home Sylff institutions and who will still be enrolled in the degree program at the same institution in September 2020. Please refer to FAQs at the bottom of the page.

**The Sylff institutions in the linked page have provided information requested by the secretariat (as of June 10, 2020). 

 


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FAQs

       Q1. I’m a Sylff fellow. How I can request COVID-19 relief?

    1. COVID-19 Relief for Sylff Fellows is not request based; it is provided to fellows who are  confirmed as being eligible by the Sylff steering committee at each Sylff institution. The eligibility criteria are (1) you are currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at your home Sylff institution and (2) you will still be enrolled in the degree program at the same institution as of September 2020. If you think you are eligible, please contact the Sylff steering committee of your institution for confirmation.

 

       Q2. I’m a former recipient of Sylff fellowship. Am I eligible?

    1. If you meet the above eligibility criteria, you are eligible to receive this relief. Please contact the Sylff steering committee of your institution for confirmation.

 

       Q3. I’m a Sylff fellow, but I’m not sure whether my information has been properly provided to the Sylff Association secretariat. Is there a way of confirming this?

    1. We have received information on eligible fellows from most institutions, as listed on the Sylff website (https://www.sylff.org/covid-19-relief-for-sylff-fellows/). If you can’t find your institution on the list, please contact the Sylff steering committee of your institution and ask that they respond to the inquiry sent by the Sylff Association secretariat.

 

       Q4. I’m currently a student at a Sylff institution and plan to apply for a Sylff fellowship. Will I be eligible for COVID-19 relief?

    1. Thank you for your interest in the Sylff Program. If you were not a Sylff fellow (that is, a past or current recipient of a Sylff fellowship) as of May 2020, you are not eligible. We look forward to receiving your application through the Sylff steering committee of your institution.

 

       Q5. I’m currently receiving a Sylff fellowship. Will COVID-19 relief enable me to continue receiving the scholarship after my current fellowship period ends?

    1. No, COVID-19 relief is a lump sum payment designed to provide emergency financial assistance. For questions regarding your Sylff fellowship, please contact the Sylff steering committee at your institution.

 

       Q6. How much will I receive as COVID-19 relief?

    1. The amount per recipient has, as a rule, been determined based on the estimated monthly cost of living, as calculated by the Sylff steering committee of each institution. 

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