Sylff at the Ateneo de Manila University

The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Program for Tomorrow's Intellectual Leaders grants master's and doctoral degree fellowships in the the School of Social Sciences, the School of Humanities, and the Law School of the Ateneo de Manila University to outstanding graduate students.

Designed for the best and brightest students with strong leadership potential, the SYLFF Program envisions shaping committed citizens who will approach social issues with a critical and constructive sense, propose practical and workable solutions to local and regional problems, and participate effectively in the country's efforts to engage the global community.

The Sylff Program is a collaborative initiative of The Nippon Foundation, the endowment donor, and The Tokyo Foundation, the program administrator.

The Sylff Program is inspired by the vision of the late Ryoichi Sasakawa, philanthropist and founding chairman of The Nippon Foundation that “The world is one family and all mankind are brothers and sisters.” The Program contributes to support the education of outstanding students pursuing graduate level study in the social sciences and humanities with high potential for leadership, by establishing endowments at selected institutions of higher learning throughout the world, providing a sustainable source of fellowships in perpetuity.