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Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education (SFFJLE)

The Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese language education was established in 1995. It is funded from the interest earned on an endowment bestowed on Massey University by the Nippon Foundation Fund for Japanese Language Education Programme (NF-JLEP), (then the Sasakawa Foundation). The purpose of the fund is to foster Japanese language in New Zealand through the training of Japanese language teachers and the provision of fellowships to students pursuing Japanese related studies

Eleven institutions across six countries have been recipients of similar endowments by the Nippon Foundation. In addition to Massey they are:

·         University of Bucharest, Romania
·         Cairo University, Egypt
·         Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey
·         Indonesia University of Education, Indonesia
·         Mando State University, Indonesia
·         State University of Surabaya, Indonesia
·         Macquarie University, Australia
·         Monash University, Australia
·         University of Queensland, Australia
·         Griffith University, Australia

In 2017, the NF-JLEP Association was launched to strengthen ties among all stakeholders, enabling the 1,600-plus fellows to receive additional support aimed at deepening their understanding of Japan and promoting cross-border networking.

SFFJLE Fellows are encouraged to participate in the NF-JLEP Support Programmes, including the NF-JLEP Visit Japan Program for Primary and Secondary School Teachers and the Research Grant which enable young researchers to conduct language- and education-related research for up to a year at a Japanese institution of higher learning.

Please visit the website for more information on the NF-JLEP Association opportunities.

Management Committee

Professor Tracy Riley (Chair)
Dean Research, Graduate Research School, Massey University

Mr Ian Kennedy
Chair of the Japan-New Zealand Business Council

Ms Michelle Lodge
Nominee of New Zealand Association of Japanese Language Teachers (NZAJLT)

Dr Adele Scott
Nominee of New Zealand Association of Language Teachers 

Dr Penny Shino
Nominee of New Zealand universities

Ms Jacqueline Koenders (ex-officio)
Manager, Graduate Research School, Massey University

Mr David Basire (ex-officio)
Financial Reporting Manager, Massey University

Contact: sasakawa@massey.ac.nz

Programme framework

The Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education (SFFJLE) in New Zealand provides both undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for students studying or completing research in Japanese language or Japanese studies.

The fellowship also supports Japanese language teachers by providing teacher grants. Further details will be available in early 2020. 

The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff)

Massey University also administers The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff), a scholarship programme for graduate students at any New Zealand university, who are studying towards a Master or Doctoral degree in a wide range of disciplines in social sciences, humanities, and/or interdisciplinary which incorporates humanities and social sciences. The Sylff programme is also funded by an endowment from the Nippon Foundation.

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