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About The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff)

History of the Sylff fund

In 1987 The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) was established with the goal of developing human resources, specifically by furthering the education of tomorrow's international leaders. Sylff is currently centrally administered by the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research.

The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research has made an endowment of US $1 million to each of more than 60 selected universities and consortia in 44 countries across the globe.

Massey University received the endowment to fund postgraduate scholarships in 1991. The scholarship fund promotes excellence within the academic community and focuses on issues of immediate importance to New Zealand.

Sylff Association

The Sylff Association was launched in 2017, bringing together graduate fellows, steering committee members from across the institutions and the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research. The Association offers all Sylff Fellows various support programes to continue to promote their academic advancement and development as leaders. Please see the website for more information on these opportunities.

Management of the Sylff fund

In New Zealand, the fund is managed by a steering committee which comprises academic staff from Massey University and other New Zealand Universities, and is chaired by the Dean Research, Graduate Research School, Massey University.

Current steering committee members are:

Professor Tracy Riley, Massey University (Chair)
Dean Research, Graduate Research School, Massey University

Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith
Dean, Graduate Research School, University of Otago

Professor Peter Whiteford
Professor of English, Victoria University

Professor Kay Weaver
Dean, School of Graduate Research, University of Waikato

Ms Jacqueline Koenders (ex-officio)
Manager, Graduate Research School, Massey University

Mr David Basire (ex-officio)
Financial Reporting Manager, Massey University

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