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Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund [Sylff] Scholarships at USP

Applications are CLOSED

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

The awards are tenable from early 2021 and maybe held in any member country of the USP.

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

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 2021 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 $24,000 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 Academic Unit 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

PhD awards are for 36 months. 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.


Applicants must be citizens of a USP member country, and preferably be 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:

  • The SYLFF Scholarship is for research programmes only and does not cover any pre-requisite courses for entry into the  PhD programme.
  • Applicants must enrol in their respective Schools; the award for this scholarship does not guarantee a place in the School.

Closing date for applications is 30th November, 2020

Completed applications should be sent via email to research@usp.ac.fj with the subject line “SYLFF 2021 Application”


Queries regarding the scholarship can be directed to:

Anushka Maharaj 

Research Student Coordinator 

Email: anushka.maharaj@usp.ac.fj

Phone: 3231888