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Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship in New Zealand 2022

Massey University in New Zealand welcomes applications for the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship program for 2022/23 academic session.

The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) was created in December 1991 from a bequest from the Nippon Foundation to Massey University. Sylff is an international program targeted at growing leaders who instigate action, surmount differences and tackle contemporary problems facing the world. Massey University is one of sixty nine Sylff institutions worldwide and The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship awards provided by Massey are for New Zealand postgraduate research candidates studying at any of the nation’s 8 universities.

The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship aims to:

  • offer study chances for postgraduate research candidates who display leadership qualities or display high prospect for potential leadership in either public or private life
  • back research in the wide fields of Humanities, Social Sciences or cross-disciplinary studies that merge Humanities and Social Sciences by placing focus on complex, severe problems (e.g., sustainability, poverty).

Worth of Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship

  • The worth of a master’s award will be $31,000 per year for up to 12 months of fulltime program.
  • The value of a doctoral award will be $42,000 per year for up to 36 months of fulltime program.
  • The award values are proposed to support study and living expenses for beneficiaries; there are no extra fees payments or research expenses provided by the fellowship.
  • The tenure of a master’s award will start in the award year for up to at most 12 months.
  • The tenure of the doctoral award will start in the award year for up to at most 36 months.

Sylff fellows become members of a national and global network with access to support programs provided by the Sylff Association comprising opportunities to put in for Sylff Research Overseas, Post-Doctoral Fellowship programs, Sylff Leadership Initiatives, Sylff Project Grants, Local Association Networking Support, Sylff Leadership Seminars, and Sylff Disaster Relief Fund.

Eligibility for Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship

  • Awards are provided to exceptional students at any New Zealand university, for study towards research in either a Masters or a PhD degree program in a broad range of fields, given that the research is in the wide-ranging fields of Humanities (i.e. the study of human culture, particularly literature, history, languages, music, art, and philosophy) or the Social Sciences (i.e. the scientific learning of any facet of social behaviour and/or the working of society).
  • Applicants whose degree programs do not seem to fit in these classifications, but who feel that their research meet the requirements, will be asked to substantiate this view in their applications.
  • Research proposals that are concentrated on contemporary problems and are progressive, with a cross-disciplinary aspect, may be preferred.
  • Candidates may apply in expectation of, or during, their postgraduate program, but be aware that there is only one application cycle each year.
  • Applications are for research in the succeeding year.
  • The awards are typically seen as full-time, so positions of remuneration may be undertaken only with the consent of the Committee.
  • Candidates have to be of an age that they have not exceeded their 35th birthday by 1 October in the year of application.
  • Candidates have to be intending to enlist or be enlisted in a degree with a research constituent of 90 points or more.

How to Apply for Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship

Please fill the application form below and send to [email protected] together with the credentials as stated in the application checklist. 

What terms are attached to acceptance of this award?

  • Master’s awards may not be held together with other awards.
  • Doctoral awards may be held together with other awards up to the value of $10,000.
  • Awards will start upon verification of enrolment in the research.
  • Fellows are implored to take part in and contribute to the national and global Sylff Association.
  • Candidates are required to provide a yearly report on research and leadership undertakings embarked on during the year.

Additional Information

Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship award scholars may possess other scholarship awards together with Sylff, but the size of the Sylff award will be adjusted commensurately.

For instructions, application forms and more details about this fellowship award, contact [email protected]

Application Deadline

Applications end February 1, 2022.

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