Ryoichi Sasakawa Endowed Young Leaders Fellowships Fund Program (SYLFF)

The Ryoichi Sasakawa Endowed Young Leaders Fellowships Fund (SYLFF) Program was established in 1987. Since 1993, The American University in Cairo (AUC) has been one of 69 universities worldwide to provide these fellowships to promising graduate students in the following programs in their home institutions or abroad:

  • Arabic and Islamic Civilizations (specialization in Arabic language and literature, Middle Eastern history, Islamic art and architecture and Islamic studies)
  • Economics
  • Economics in International Development
  • English and Comparative Literature
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Masters in Global Affairs
  • Master in Public Policy
  • Middle East Studies
  • Migration and Refugee Studies
  • Political Science
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Open to all nationalities
  • For new graduate degree-seeking students; satisfy AUC graduate full admissions requirements  into one of AUC’s MA programs in the humanities and social sciences field of study
  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
  • For continuing students; to retain the fellowship, the recipient must maintain a GPA of 3.2 
  • History of active participation in extracurricular activities and public service
  • Applicants must demonstrate strong leadership potential
  • Both new and continuing graduate students may apply but preference is given to those who require four semesters to complete their degree

Two academic years and the intervening summer session, with a review every semester for satisfactory academic performance.

  • Tuition fees, for a maximum of nine credits per semester
  • Student services and activities fees
  • Health insurance fees
  • May cover conference or thesis research support grants for eligible fellows
  • As a SYLFF fellow, you are required to maintain the status of a full-time student with a minimum GPA of 3.2.
  • By accepting this externally funded fellowship, the fellowship recipient agrees to respond to any reporting requests received from AUC by the deadlines. communicated to the awarded fellow.  This may include a request for academic progress information to be used for reporting purposes, photos or; attendance of fellowship retreats and events, including any meetings/events with donors as requested by the relevant university entities.
  • Awarded fellows will be assigned a number of hours to work with the Office of Graduate Student Services and Fellowships.
  • Fellows are expected to apply for conference and thesis research grants, participate in internships, social service organizations, and regional and international conferences.
  • Fellows are expected to participate in various SYLFF support programs.

Step 1: Check how to apply and submit the online application.
Step 2: Complete and submit the online fellowship application.

Deadlines: April 15 for the fall semester and October 17 for the spring semester.

For more information about the SYLFF program, click here.
For inquiries, send an email to gradserv@aucegypt.edu.