INSEAD Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff)


This scholarship is an endowed gift to INSEAD from the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff). The Fund was established in 1987 by the Nippon Foundation. The Sylff programme demonstrates its commitment to education through awarding fellowships to promising graduate students in the social sciences and humanities. 69 universities and consortia worldwide, including INSEAD, have received endowments of US $1 million. The Sylff programme is now building a worldwide community of young leaders made up of the Sylff Fellows at all funded institutions. By receiving this award at INSEAD, candidates automatically join the Sylff worldwide network and gain opportunity to apply for additional Sylff support programs.
As a philanthropist and the founding chairman of the Nippon Foundation, Ryoichi Sasakawa articulated a philosophy that remains the driving force of the programme today. "The world is one family", he maintained, "and all mankind are brothers and sisters". The Sylff programme is based on these principles. By helping to create a new generation of leaders, it seeks to overcome the divisions of nationality, religion, ethnic background and politics. Sylff would like to encourage candidates of any nationality to broaden their knowledge and enhance their career opportunities through the INSEAD MBA programme.
One Sylff award will be granted per year.


July Class candidates of any nationality who demonstrate strong motivation for community involvement, social engagement and/or social enterprise.

Essay topic :

1).In no more than 300 words, describe a significant experience you have encountered, in either your professional or private life, in which you have demonstrated leadership in a cross-cultural community situation. Identify the leadership qualities required and discuss your own success or failure in the above situation.
2).In no more than 300 words please describe your experience to date demonstrating your commitment to social engagement/social enterprise or showing your involvement in impactful community projects? How do your future career plans include social enterprise or social activity? Please provide arguments why you qualify for the award.
3).Provide a comprehensive statement on how you plan to finance your INSEAD MBA. (150-200 words)

Amount of Award:

Up to 40 000 EUR

Scholarship Application Deadline:

July 2020 Class:
Round 1:
Applications Open: 22 October 2018
Deadline: 5 November 2018
Round 2:
Applications Open: 17 December 2018
Deadline: 4 January 2019

December 2020 Class:
Round 1:
Applications Open: 25 March 2019
Deadline: 8 April 2019
Round 2:
Applications Open: 20 May 2019
Deadline: 3 June 2019

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