Scholarship Program

Sasakawa Nursing Fellow Program and Scholarship

Nurturing 100 Nursing Leaders to Support the Future of Health Care – Social Innovation by Nurses!

Nurses play an important role to enhance community health and contribute to the SDGs as they work with a variety of professionals to effectively address a wide range of health-related needs.

The objective of this grant is to nurture 100 nurses in 10 years, who have a global perspective and leadership skills, and could contribute to the future of community healthcare.

Sasakawa Health Foundation expects nurses to learn the advanced knowledge or skills of statistics, critical thinking and policy making through graduate studies at the prestigious universities in the U.S. and Canada.

In addition, nurses must immerse themselves in diverse cultures which will help them understand how to respect different opinions and to lead others. Through this opportunity, fellows will gain insight into the dynamics in the diverse context and grow their ability to carry scientific methods into a practical setting. After the program completion, we expect the fellows to undertake their roles, work together, find a solution to correct injustice, and stand up to adversity.

About Sasakawa Nursing Fellow Program and Scholarship

In order to apply for Sasakawa Nursing Fellow Scholarship, applicants are required to enroll in Sasakawa Nursing Fellow Program, which contains online lectures and monthly reporting requirements.

Applicants will also have periodic meetings with reviewers to fully understand the objective, mission and the responsibilities of this scholarship program.

Grantees must obtain admission from the top 10 universities within the first three years of acceptance into Sasakawa Nursing Fellow Program.

The Comprehensive Procedure of the Fellowship Program

Step 1Prerequisite Application to the Sasakawa Nursing Fellow Program
Step 2Application to the Study Abroad Fellowship


Why do we start and do Sasakawa Nursing Fellow Program?

Since the 18th century, the advancement of science and technology has brought substantial prosperity into our modern lives; however, social stratification has emerged in access to resources.

Today the capitalist societal structure hampers the sufficient distribution of wealth and leaves some people vulnerable, poor, and disenfranchised.


Living in the reality of an inequitable society, the demand for nurses goes beyond providing traditional medical practice. Said the population of nurses accounts for nearly half of the medical providers, their contributions to society are thoroughly promising to solve health-related problems on a community basis.

Today nurses’ awareness is important toward contemporary social issues of justice, its interrelated topics such as human rights, affirmative action, and recource allocation.

Raising their competence to tackle those social problems enables nurses to carry an ethical nursing practice and contribute to improving the health of individuals, families, communities, populations locally, nationally, and globally.


Respecting the International Council of Nurses (ICN)’s code of ethics, Sasakawa Health Foundation expects nurses to advocate for equity and social justice in resource allocation, access to health care, and other social and economic services.

Abiding by this objective, Sasakawa Health Foundation established a fellowship program to raise nurses as a leader.

Calling for the commitment to operate the ability nurses pride themselves and fight for the injustice to honor social justice, human dignity and integrity while building a meaningful relationship between medical givers and receivers.

What do we expect from Sasakawa Nursing Fellows?

The Sasakawa Nursing Fellows are expected to build their capacity through their graduate programs:


To be able to independently conduct research to generate scientific evidence that will lead to improvements in practice and policy proposals.

2Policy Making

Critically examine the evidence of research and make proposals for policy, based on the evidence.


To understand the issues in medical and health care settings from a global perspective, and to demonstrate leadership in solving these issues in collaboration with other professions.


2 years for Master’s program or 3 years for Doctoral program.

Scholarship amount: Up to JPY 13,200,000 (approx. USD 120,000)/year including:

  1. Tuition
  2. House rent
  3. Insurance
  4. Travel expenses for one round trip from/to Japan
  5. JPY 100,000/month as living expense


  1. TOEFL iBT 80 or IELT 6.0 over (eventually to score up to TOEFL iBT 90 or IELT 6.5)
  2. Japanese Nursing License
  3. Completion of Sasakawa Fellowship Program
  4. Admission to top 10 universities in the U.S. and Canada (Example below)

Examples of Top 10 Universities in the U.S. and Canada

Public Health
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Washington
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Columbia University
  • University of Toronto
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Emory University
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • University of California, Berkeley
Health Science
(Life Sciences & Medicine)
  • Harvard University
  • Stanford University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Yale University
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Washington
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Washington
  • Yale University
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Duke University
  • McMaster University
  • University of Washington
  • New York University
  • Emory University
*World University Rankings are based on the latest data from QS World University Rankings, SHANGHAI RANKING, etc.

Ⅳ.Number of recipients

10 fellows/year to nurture 100 fellows by 2031.