Programs

Sylff, the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, was established in 1987 to support graduate students in fields falling within the parameters of the social sciences, humanities, and the performing arts. Endowments of $1 million each have been provided to 69 universities and consortia in 44 countries. These endowments are invested to produce revenue for the provision of fellowships at each institution. Fellowships are awarded to graduate students selected by each endowed institution. These “Sylff fellows” are selected not only for their academic achievements but for their potential as future leaders. Since the launch of the Sylff program, more than 15,000 Sylff fellows have received fellowships. The Sylff Program is a collaborative initiative of The Nippon Foundation (the donor of endowments) and the Tokyo Foundation (the program administrator).

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This program provides training to mid-career municipal officers, based on our belief that revitalizing local communities is an important element in restoring Japan’s vitality. It is hoped that this ever-growing training network will sow the seeds of local revitalization that will blossom in communities all over Japan.

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