Jun 8, 2009

Attention: Sylff fellows from Asia! Call for applications for “Building A Better Asia”

The Tokyo Foundation calls for applications for a program called "Building A Better Asia: Future Leaders’ Dialogue" (BABA retreats). BABA was initiated in 2006 by The Nippon Foundation and its affiliates (NFG) including the Tokyo Foundation. The objective of the program is to nurture future leaders for Asia. It brings together young Asians (or those who are based in Asia) from all over Asia to either China or India for an 8-day retreat where they get an opportunity to interact with one another and with resource persons from diverse backgrounds and fields of expertise, develop and share skills of leadership, and contemplate and discuss critical issues concerning Asia and the world. Please, read more about the retreat through the following link;


  • A Sylff fellow
  • A citizen or a long-term resident of an Asian country
    (*Those who are not from an Asian country are also eligible for the retreat if they are based in Asia and actively involved with issues concerning Asia.)
  • Around 30-40 years old
  • Fluent in English (the entire retreat program will be conducted in English)

We encourage you to consider applying for these retreats. The application deadline is June 30, 2009. You need to submit the following application materials:

  1. Application form click here!
  2. A letter of recommendation
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. A 250-word personal statement,
  5. A 250-word statement on leadership

Please send your application materials by e-mail directly to the BABA secretariat, and send a cc to the Scholarship Division of the Tokyo Foundation

In addition, if you would like to know more about the BABA retreat, you may enjoy reading the article about the previous retreat. This was written by a Sylff fellow who participated in the retreat in India this February. (The following is the link to the article;

If you have any questions regarding the retreat, please send your inquiry to the Scholarship Division. We kindly request that you write “Inquiry regarding the BABA retreat” on the subject line of the e-mail.