Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund [Sylff] Scholarships at USP

The deadline for applications was till 31st of October, 2016. Application are now closed!

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund [SYLFF] Scholarship to undertake a Masters degree or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by research only at The University of the South Pacific (USP).

The awards are tenable from early 2017 and maybe held in any member country of the USP.

The Sylff Awards are available in any social science and humanities discipline in the following two categories. The university will also consider funding interdisciplinary research and research in other disciplines which have significant implications for Pacific societies and cultures.

1st Category – Masters by Research

The first category is for students who wish to pursue a Masters degree in any social science and humanities discipline. The duration of the scholarship is one year of full-time study. The award will be reviewed on a semester basis. Candidates applying should have a GPA of 3.5 or above in their undergraduate programme or 400-level courses completed at the postgraduate level.

2nd Category – PhD

The second category is for students who have successfully completed their Masters degree in the social sciences and humanities and wish to pursue PhD Studies in any social science and humanities discipline. The duration of the scholarship is three years of full-time study. The award will be reviewed on a semester basis.

Benefits and Conditions

A Sylff Award in 2017 will comprise of the following:

  • Tuition fees (paid directly)
  • Book allowance $450 per semester
  • General Services fees paid directly
  • Health Services fees paid directly
  • Living allowance of $12,600.00 per year for Masters students and $15,000 per year for PhD students to be paid on a monthly basis
  • Dependents Allowance to qualifying awardees
  • Establishment Allowance to qualifying awardees
  • Research grant once the research plan and budget have been approved by the appropriate Faculty Research Committee
  • One return airfare when the person receiving the award has to travel to a USP campus in another country to take up the award.

All amounts are in Fijian dollars.

Scholarship Conditions

These scholarships are for full-time study. Awardees are not permitted to be in paid employment during the tenure of their awards. Scholarship holders will also have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing teaching in their respective faculties for a maximum of eight hours per week only during semester time.

Research degree at USP

Masters awards are for 12 months and the PhD awards are for 36 months. Applicants for a Masters degree should normally have completed a Postgraduate Diploma (or equivalent) while applicants for a PhD should normally should have completed a Masters degree. The University recognises that there are special circumstances in which some applicants without these pre-requisites may be eligible for enrolment in these degree programmes. More details in the University Calendar at www.usp.ac.fj/publications.

Applications

Applicants must be citizens of a USP member country, and preferably be 35 years or younger for Masters studies and 45 years or younger for PhD studies at the time of application to be considered for the scholarship.

The application must include:

  1. Completed Applicant Detail Form
  2. Cover letter or a letter of application
  3. An outline of proposed research topic*
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Name and contact details of three referees
  6. Certified true copies of relevant transcripts and certificates
  7. Proof of citizenship

*Applicants may discuss their applications with a potential supervisor. 

An Applicant Checklist is provided to aid the applicant, and must be submitted with the application.

Please Note:

  • Final year undergraduate students who wish to apply for the SYLFF Scholarship for Research need to explicitly state the expected date of completion of their current programme in the application letter.
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate students applying for a masters award must have a GPA of 3.5 or above to be considered for the scholarship.
  • The SYLFF Scholarship is for research programmes only and does not cover any pre-requisite courses for entry into the Masters or PhD programme.
  • Applicants must enrol in their respective faculties; the award for this scholarship does not guarantee a place in the faculty.

Research Student Coordinator
Ms Anushka Maharaj
Research Office
The University of the South Pacific
Phone: (+679) 323 1888
Fax:  (+679) 323 1504
Email: maharaj_a@usp.ac.fj [preferred]