Funding agency: 
Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff)

Graduate Fellowships for International Research are supported by an endowment to Portland State University, Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon universities that established the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff). The Sylff program aims to identify and nurture leaders who will overcome differences in 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. General information about Sylff programs is available at: (link is external) (Please note that the awards listed on the Sylff website under the "Support Programs" tab areadditional award opportunities for students who already have a Sylff award).

Stipends are $15,000 for Oregon Sylff doctoral fellows. Stipends are disbursed over the academic year to assist with educational and research-related expenses. In recent years, seven to ten awards have been made.

Fellowship stipends are awarded to full-time doctoral students for one academic year of graduate work involving research and scholarly endeavors in programs and projects with an international dimension. The focus is on doctoral degree-seeking students matriculated at Portland State University, Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon who have high potential for leadership in international affairs, in public life or private endeavor.

Outstanding students will be considered through nomination by their respective graduate department/program. Each department or graduate program may make only one nomination. Departments and graduate programs must indicate their own (or their institution’s) commitment to financial support of nominees. Typically, these supplemental contributions are in the form of an assistantship and associated tuition waiver such that Sylff stipends can be used to address travel, living, and research expenses associated with the international research project. Although nominations may be made for students lacking supplemental funding, a priority will be given to those nominations that exhibit a strong institutional commitment to supporting the graduate student.

Departments/graduate programs are responsible for nominating student applicants. Each department or graduate program may make only one nomination. Nominations will be reviewed by the Sylff Steering Committee, which is composed of the Graduate School Deans from OSU, PSU, and UO. 

Note: the deadline for applications AND nomination materials is Friday, April 26, 2019Each program should set an earlier internal deadline to allow time to review applications and decide on a nominee to put forward.

For complete information on the application/nomination process, please see:

Questions about the application process may be directed to:

Jered Nagel
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
Graduate School


April 26, 2019
Funding type: 
Graduate students