Twenty Years of Nurturing Global Leaders

The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) provides a fellowship program to support students pursuing graduate studies in the humanities and social sciences disciplines. A collaborative initiative of the Nippon Foundation (the endowment donor) and the Tokyo Foundation (the program administrator), the program aims to identify and nurture global leaders.

The OUS-SYLFF Fellowship for International Research has supported 167 graduate students, including 89 UO students, in the amount of $1.5 million since it began its affiliation with the Oregon University System (OUS) twenty years ago. Tokyo Foundation representatives visited the UO campus in March to meet with OUS- SYLFF steering committee members and commemorate the two-decade anniversary of the partnership.