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for six (6) SYLFF scholarships, each one funded with 8,300 dollars

For the Academic Year 2017-18, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens announces the granting of six (6) scholarships, each funded with 8,300 dollars, under the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) fellowship program.

Deadline for applications : November 1st, 2017

Applications and relevant documentation should be submitted by the applicants to the Secretariats of the Departments where they have been registered in order to follow their postgraduate or doctorate program.

Call for applications


Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) fellowship program

The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) is a fellowship program initiated in 1987 to support students pursuing graduate studies in humanities and social sciences disciplines. To date, endowments of $1 million each have been presented to 69 universities and consortia in 44 countries. The Sylff program aims to identify and nurture leaders who will overcome differences such as nationality, language, ethnicity, religion, and political systems to tackle global issues, and whose high integrity and drive to address issues unique to their respective countries can make a real difference. About 15,000 students have received fellowships since the launch of the program in 1987.

The Sylff Program is a collaborative initiative of The Nippon Foundation, the endowment donor, and The Tokyo Foundation, the program administrator.

In 1993 the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) received a donation from the Nippon Foundation for SYLFF (Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund) to initiate a Scholarship Program, in order to support students undertaking postgraduate or doctoral studies in fields of social sciences and humanities.

Fellowship stipends are awarded to graduate students for one academic year of their postgraduate or doctoral studies involving research and scholarly endeavours in programs and projects with an international dimension. The focus is on master's and doctoral degree-seeking students at the NKUA, who have high potential for leadership in international affairs, in public life or private endeavour. The Tokyo Foundation, as the program administrator, is responsible for the management of SYLFF fellowship program.

It should be noted that fellows who have already received the SYLFF scholarship can then apply directly to Tokyo foundation to be considered for scholarships under SRA and SLI programs as follows:

1. Sylff Research Abroad (SRA)

2. Sylff Leadership Initiatives (SLI)