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The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) was established in 1987. So far 69 universities, inlcuding the Jagiellonian University, and consortia in 45 countries (a total of 88 institutions of higher learning around the world) have received an endowment of US$1 million from the Nippon Foundation.
The SYLFF institutions use the interest generated from their endowments to offer fellowships to promising graduate students in social sciences, humanities and performing arts so that they can pursue studies at their home institutions or abroad (SYLFF at the Jagiellonian University offers fellowships for studies abroad only).
The term "SYLFF program" is often used to denote the fellowship program, "SYLFF institutions" stands for universities or groups of institutions that have received an endowment and "SYLFF fellows" refers to more than 16,000 students who have received fellowships.
The SYLFF Program and other related programs are administered by the Leadership Development of the The Tokyo Foundation: