The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowships Fund offers scholarships annually to master and PhD-students at the University of Oslo to stimulate international dialogue and understanding. They cover costs related to research stays abroad for candidates within the areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Education and Theology with a documented record of accomplishment in academic excellence and social leadership.

SYLFF scholarship selection criteria 2022

Applications will be considered by the UiO SYLFF Steering Committee, and grants are made on the basis of documented academic quality/merit, leadership qualities and achievements, and an appropriate goal, plan and budget.

Priority will be given to candidates at the PhD level, but excellent Masters’ students are also eligible for support. PhD students may apply for research activities abroad that support their projects and bring them into contact with relevant institutions and organizations. Master students may apply for funding that support their master thesis, such as field research and extracurricular activities such as participation at international academic conferences. Master students may not apply for support for taking courses at foreign institutions. 

The application must be submitted in the English language, and must contain the following:

– Well-formulated and presented application
– Academic and social leadership qualities described (incl. CV, with documented work experience/results)
– Excellent research project with international focus, briefly presented
– The research activities abroad and funds to be used must clearly support the research project goals
– Relevant and modest budget, maximum NOK 50 000,- , clearly presented (NB: accompanying family cannot be supported by SYLFF-funds)
– Recommendation letters (i. e. from supervisor, international host supervisor)
– Confirmation of admission or visit from receiving institution (where relevant)
– Statement of willingness to identify as a UiO SYLFF-Fellow and to participate in building UiO’s SYLFF-Fellows Network during and after the funding period.

Please note that by providing a statement of willingness to identify as a UiO SYLFF-Fellow you will be requested to provide additional personal data (post address, e-mail address and phone number) upon being awarded a scholarship. This data will be made available for The Tokyo Foundation as a part of building UiO’s SYLFF-Fellows Network. The data is also used in order to provide current and past Fellows with information about scholarship opportunities, as well as alumni arrangements and SYLFF-conferences, etc. This is a requirement only for those who are awarded a scholarship and it is not a general requirement when submitting an application.

The application deadline is 1 December


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A new call for applications will be announced 1 February. The next application deadline is 15 March. 

For more information about SYLFF please visit the following web pages:

The University of Oslo Sasakawa Young Leaders Scholarship Fund (SYLFF)

The Tokyo Foundation

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