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The Friends of WMU, Japan is designed for All about Sasakawa Fellowship Program

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1-15-16 Toranomon, Minato-ku
Tokyo 105-8524

会社方針About Sasakawa Fellowship

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Ocean Policy Research Institute) and the marine affairs associated groups led by The Nippon Foundation have provided a scholarship fund since 1987 to recipients entitled to study at the WMU who are mainly from the Asian Pacific region. The recipients are more than 550 as of September 2016. After graduating from the WMU the students on scholarship take important posts at their own governments and educational institutions, where they energetically lead maritime affairs. On the other hand, the OPRI structures a network among the graduates to support their exchange activities in order to promote them even after graduating from the WMU to be familiar with the latest international maritime information and to actively discuss the information of each country. Friends of WMU, Japan (Secretariat Office is at the OPRI) is organized as a group, which performs the maritime human resource training, such as the above students' and support the network activities.

Selection Process

WMU receives information about the Selection Committee's criteria each year, and forwards for consideration those candidates who fall within these criteria. All the candidates sent for consideration by the Committee must be highly ranked academically and professionally strong. The Motivational Statement by Applicants must be well written and substantiated as it plays a crucial role in the process.

Guidelines when completing the Motivational Statement

Before completing the form, you should make sure you are familiar with the work and mission of the University, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and its parent organization, The Nippon Foundation.
Take time to plan a complete answer to each question on the form. Make sure you use all the space available to persuade the members of the Awards Committee that you are a candidate who can be trusted to use a Fellowship to the full. If you provide very little detail, then the Committee does not have enough information to make a decision to award you a Fellowship. Do not refer to the forms completed by other applicants, whether in the same year or earlier. The forms are carefully checked for similarities, and any application showing plagiarism or collaboration is immediately excluded from consideration for a fellowship award.
Make sure you find outextra information about your country and region. For example, there is a question about the part you will play after graduation in the Sasakawa Network. Find out about other Sasakawa Fellows in your region, and what they are doing. Think about the part you can play, and what you can offer. The Committee understands that each fellow can only play a small part in this network, but make sure you give a full and reasoned answer.

The Selection Criteria

Fellowship awards are made in accordance with established criteria:
  • Only applicants currently employed in the public sector can be considered.
  • Only applicants to the 14-month, standard program are eligible.
  • The employing organization must also submit the form, Application for Financial Support
  • The Committee prioritizes candidates aged between 26 and 35.
  • The Committee expects applicants to have minimun of 3 years of professional experience in the maritime sector.
  • Only candidates with full academic clearance from WMU can be considered.
  • The Committee encourages applicants from Asian countries, where the Foundations have traditionally been active, but also consideres from other regions.

How to Apply for WMU Sasakawa Fellowship

You should make your application online at WMU's website. Your supporting certificates must be attached to your online application as electronic documents. Applicants who are not able to apply online may complete a form (downloadable from WMU's website), which must be saved as a pdf file and sent by email to MSc@wmu.se. Applying in this way will, however, cause delays in receiving a decision.
Please notice that "Paper applications are not accepted".

For more information about APPLY,
You need to contact with the admissions office at WMU at: info@wmu.se
Or, You can also find information from the website: APPLY PAGE

*We rely on the admission office at WMU for everyghing about applying to WMU.
If you have any further questions, please ask the office thourgh above e-mail address: info@wmu.se.
We do only manage Sasakawa Fellowship Students or Graduates called Sasakawa Fellows, not Applicants.

History of Sasakawa Fellowship Program

In 1987 The Nippon Foundation donated to WMU a fund worth 1 million dollars in order to provide fellowships to WMU students from Asian and African countries.
In the following year, the Foundation initiated WMU Sasakawa Fellowship Program by use of the fund, and began awarding fellowships to WMU students to help produce maritime personnel capable of making significant contributions to the international maritime community.
As the 1987 fund dwindled, The Nippon Foundation decided in 1991 that an additional fund worth 4 million dollars be instituted in WMU in response to the requests of IMO and the Japanese Ministry of Transport. At the same time, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) was entrusted with the administration of the Program and became involved with selection of fellowship recipients.

In 1997, the Program's administration was transferred to the Tokyo Foundation (Formerly named Global Foundation for Research and Scholarship), and in April 2001, it was relayed to the Ship & Ocean Foundation (under the name of the Ocean Policy Research Foundation). And in April 2015, it was relayed again to the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF). Thus, although the Program's administration was taken over by different bodies, the Program itself has been funded by The Nippon Foundation from the outset.

The Nippon Foundation, together with other Japanese donors, has so far helped 564 students from 66 countries to study at WMU. While Sweden provides the bulk of the overall funding of WMU, The Nippon Foundation, through SPF, is the largest fellowship donor to the university, providing between 20-35 new awards each year at any given time.


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