Ryoichi Sasakawa Endowed Young Leaders Fellowships Fund (SYLFF) Program

The Ryoichi Sasakawa Endowed Young Leaders Fellowships Fund (SYLFF) Program was established in 1987. Since 1993, 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
  • Global Affairs
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Middle East Studies
  • Migration and Refugee Studies
  • Political Science
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Sustainable Development

SYLFF Alumni Teaching at AUC 

Elbendary, Amina, Associate professor of Arab and Islamic civilizations
Ghazaleh, Marie Pascale, Associate professor of History
Abdelnasser, Tahia, Associate professor of English and Comparative Literature


Open to all nationalities

  • ​​​​​​​For new graduate degree-seeking students; satisfy AUC graduate admissions requirements
  • Full admission into one of AUC’s MA programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • ​​​​​​​Bachelor 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
  • Both new and continuing graduate students may apply but preference is given to those who require four semesters to complete their degree
  • ​​​​​​​Financial need


  • 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
  • Medical service and health insurance fees (for international students)
  • ​​​​​​​May cover conference or thesis research support grants for eligible fellows
  • Fellows are expected to participate in various activities, including the annual Sasakawa Symposium

Responsibilities of Fellows

Awarded fellows will be assigned eight hours per week to work in the Office of Graduate Student Services. Fellows are expected to apply for conference and thesis research grants, participate in internships, social service organizations, and regional and international conferences.
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 photos or academic progress information to be used for reporting purposes, or attendance of fellowship events including any meetings or events with donors as requested by the relevant university entities.

  • ​​​​​​​A Teaching Assistantship mandatory training must be completed if the fellow is involved in teaching assistantship duties. The training needs to be completed only once
  • For details and more information about Teaching Assistantships please click here

To Apply

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

Deadlines: February 15 for the fall semester, November 1 for the spring semester.
For more information about the SYLFF program, click here
For inquiries, email gradserv@aucegypt.edu.