INSEAD Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff)

  • Master
  • Partially Funded
  • 19 June 2017

As one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD offers participants a truly global educational experience. With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and Middle East (Abu Dhabi), and alliances with top institutions, INSEAD's business education and research spans around the globe. Our 148 renowned faculty members from 40 countries inspire more than 1,300 students in our degree and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 9,500 executives participate in INSEAD's executive education programmes each year.

This scholarship is an endowed gift to INSEAD from the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff). The Fund was established in 1987 by the Nippon Foundation in cooperation with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. In its initial phase, the Sylff programme demonstrated its commitment to education through awarding fellowships to promising graduate students in the social sciences and humanities. Nearly 69 universities and consortia worldwide have received endowments of US $1 million (INSEAD included). In its second phase the Sylff programme is now building a worldwide community of young leaders made up of the Sylff Fellows at all funded institutions. By receiving this award at INSEAD, candidates automatically join the Sylff worldwide network.

Essay topic:

1).In no more than 500 words, describe a significant experience you have encountered, in either your professional or private life, in which you have demonstrated leadership in a cross-cultural community situation. Identify the leadership qualities required and discuss your own success or failure in the above situation.
2).Provide a comprehensive statement on how you plan to finance your INSEAD MBA. (150-200 words)


Candidates of any nationality who show strong leadership in a cross-cultural setting. Preference will be given to candidates who require financial assistance.


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