Message regarding COVID-19 for Support Program Participants and Potential Applicants

Support programs offered by the Sylff Association, aims to facilitate Sylff fellows’ academic advancement, leadership development and networking among one another. It consists of the following:

1. Sylff Research Abroad (SRA)

1. Sylff Research Abroad (SRA)

SRA awards support academic research related to their doctoral dissertation, conducted at a higher education institution, research institute, think tank, non-governmental organization, private firm, etc. in a foreign country. If you are currently enrolled in a PhD program, you are welcome to apply for the program anytime soon. If you are a master’s student, please consider for application when you have proceeded to PhD study. Click here for details.

2. Post-Doctoral Fellowship

2. Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Those who recently earned doctoral degrees will be given an annual stipend to allow them to deepen and broaden their research and prepare for a career in academia or public policy.

3. Sylff Leadership Initiatives (SLI)

3. Sylff Leadership Initiatives (SLI)

SLI is designed to support Sylff fellows wishing to undertake social action projects or to organize a forum, conference, seminar, or workshop addressing social issues. Projects involving one or more Sylff fellows are eligible for an SLI award of up to US$10,000. Participation of non-fellows under the initiatives of Sylff fellow(s) is welcomed. Please consider becoming an active member of the Sylff community by initiating an SLI project. Click here for details.

4. Sylff Project Grant (SPG)

4. Project Grant

The Sylff Project Grant is intended to support fellows who are actively and deeply committed to helping resolve issues confronting contemporary society. This grant supports innovative, pioneering social action projects led by Sylff fellows. While Sylff Leadership Initiatives (SLI) focus on contributions by individual fellows, the Sylff Project Grant is intended to support larger-scale, social-impact projects that can be sustained, enhanced and expanded over time. Details will be announced in September 2017.

5. Sylff Leaders Workshop

5. Leaders Workshop

Sylff Leaders Workshop is designed to provide opportunities for intensive intercultural group learning and leadership enhancement based on the scenario planning approach. The workshop—intended for researchers and practitioners with substantial expertise and experience—is scheduled to be held in Tokyo during the best times of the year, with participants being invited to weeklong sessions in fall 2018 and spring 2019.

6. Local Association Networking Support (LANS)

6. Local Association Networking Support (LANS)

LANS is a new program intended to facilitate the organization of gatherings and other activities by groups of Sylff alumni, including local Sylff associations. Groups of five or more fellows/alumni from the same institution can apply to the Sylff Association for a maximum of US$5,000 per gathering to cover the long-distance transportation costs of participating fellows. Click here for details.

7. Sylff Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF)

SDRF supports relief activities led by Sylff fellows in the wake of large-scale natural disasters occurring in the vicinity of Sylff institutions. The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research donates US$50,000 per incident and pools donations from other Sylff Association members.

8. Past Programs

Many activities proposed by Sylff fellows and supported by the Sylff Association have been held over the past several decades. These activities were oriented toward the Sylff mission of supporting leaders with the passion and ability to serve the common interests of humanity, transcending narrow national, religious, ethnic, and other differences to undertake socially constructive leadership initiatives and act in an inclusive manner, respecting diversity in cultures and values.