The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowships Fund

Stiftelsen støtter viderekomne studenter og doktorgradsstudenter ved Universitetet i Oslo innen internasjonale studier på områdene humaniora og samfunnsfag.

The foundation offers financial support to post-graduate students at the University of Oslo pursuing international studies within the humanities and social sciences.


Søknadsfrist 01.12.2021

The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowships Fund

Scholarships are offered 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 2021

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

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

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

The Tokyo Foundation


 The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund is aware of the great uncertainty regarding international travel due to the ongoing pandemic caused by Covid-19. Interested applicants are nevertheless encouraged to submit applications. The Sasakawa fund will arrange for an open dialogue with its scholarship recipients and facilitate for extended deadlines in cases where recipients experience delays in their planned activities.


Vedtatt av Det akademiske kollegium 9. desember 1988. Endring vedtatt av Det akademiske kollegium 20.september 1994 og 19. november 2002. Godkjent av Fylkesmannen i Oslo og Akershus 23. april 2003.


Fondet er opprettet av The Japan Shipbuilding Industry Foundation ved gavebrev av 13. desember 1988. Grunnkapitalen, som utgjør NOK 6.900.000,-, er urørlig. Fondets formål er å gi støtte til viderekomne studenter og doktorgradsstudenter ved Universitetet i Oslo innenfor et program for internasjonale studier på områdene humaniora og samfunnsfag.


Fondets fagkomité består av : 1. En representant for Det historisk-filosofiske fakultet. 2. En representant for Det samfunnsvitenskapelige fakultet. 3. En representant Seksjon for internasjonale programmer ved direktøren for seksjonen. 4. En representant for studentene. Fagkomitéen, som velges for tre år av gangen med adgang til gjenvalg, utpeker selv sin leder og bestemmer sin egen forretningsorden. Til møtene skal fagkomitéen invitere en representant for donator som kan møte som observatør.


20% av den årlige avkastningen legges til kapitalen. Den disponible del av avkastningen anvendes til stipend i tråd med fondets formål etter vedtak i fagkomitéen. Et års eventuelt ubenyttede midler overføres til senere års anvendelse eller til den urørlige kapitalen i tråd med fagkomitéens bestemmelser.


Fondet skal ha et styre på minimum tre personer og maksimum ti personer. Universitetsstyret ved Universitetet i Oslo oppnevner styre for fondet.

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