Seicho-No-Ie International Headquarters launched the Seicho-No-Ie Scholarship for International Peace to cultivate human resources, who will shoulder the International Peace by Faith Movement as below. For more details, please contact your local Missionary Headquarters, Missionary Center, or Resident Minister in charge of your area.
Effective on April 1, 2010
Amended on October 5, 2011
Seicho-No-Ie Scholarship for International Peace
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This scholarship is to cultivate human resources by Seicho-No-Ie, who will shoulder the International Peace by Faith Movement. This is to support young Seicho-No-Ie followers, who wish to receive higher education and gain experiences necessary for the movement but who cannot do so because of their financial reasons, by providing a grant to cover their tuition toward completion of their degrees at excellent higher educational institutions of the world.
1. Skills That Are Aimed For
The skills expected to be cultivated through this scholarship are:
(1) The ability to carry out religious work in other languages besides his/her native language.
(2) To be well-versed in a culture of at least one country or one region other than the culture of his/her home country.
(3) To obtain a perspective from a religious viewpoint on the international and global environmental issues in line with our movement.
2. Application Criteria
The applicants need to meet the following three conditions:
(1) In principle, an applicant shall be a male or female under 35 years old, who is a high-school graduate or holds higher educational degrees and who has already received acceptance from the school of his/her choice.
(2) The intention to work as a staff of the International Headquarters or the Missionary Headquarters overseas after graduation.
(3) An Enlightenment Leader or a Holy Mission Fellowship Member who has been active as a leader of the Readers’ Meeting in his/her hometown for more than one year.
3. The Number of Applicants Accepted: several
4. Scholarship Period: maximum of four years per person
5. How to Apply
(1) In Japan, an applicant shall apply by a written recommendation with the signatures of the five representatives of his/her respective Missionary Area.
(2) In countries/regions overseas with a Missionary Headquarters or bases of propagation, an applicant shall apply by a written recommendation with the signatures of the missionary responsible officer such as the Bishop and an officer who represents the intentions of the respective local incorporated body. In countries/regions with no bases of propagation, such as the Missionary Headquarters, an applicant shall apply through the Chief of International Department with a written recommendation of a representative (Regional Lecturer) of the local group (Joint Readers’ Meeting, etc.) who is authorized by the International Headquarters.
(3) After receiving the above application, the applicants shall be selected at the Top Level Conference of International Headquarters.
6. Scholarship Details:
Annual tuition and living expenses. Actual tuition will be paid up to a maximum amount of three million (¥3,000,000) yen per scholarship recipient per annum. Living expenses will also be provided separately up to a maximum amount of one hundred thousand (¥100,000) yen monthly per recipient.
7. Fund for Scholarship:
This scholarship will be funded by the Seicho-No-Ie Spiritual Development Fund.
8. Academic Majors
(1) A scholarship recipient who will study at an undergraduate school (including two-year colleges) shall major in what he/she chooses.
(2) A scholarship recipient who will study at a graduate school shall major in international relations, philosophy and religious studies, environmental studies, ethical studies, and/or similar majors.
9. Liaison Office:
The General Affairs Department shall be in charge of the scholarship students in Japan and the International Department shall be in charge of the scholarship students overseas respectively.
(1) Funding of the scholarship will be contingent on a satisfactory academic report with transcript submitted each year.
(2) A scholarship recipient shall serve as a staff of the International Headquarters or the Missionary Headquarters and so forth of his/her respective country or region after graduation.
11. Suspension and Termination of Scholarship
(1) When a scholarship recipient takes a leave of absence for longer than one month due to illness or other inevitable reasons, he/she shall request for a permission from the Chairman and CEO of Religious Juridical Person, “Seicho-No-Ie.”
(2) A scholarship recipient who comes under any of the following, the Chairman and CEO of Religious Juridical Person,”Seicho-No-Ie” shall suspend from his/her qualification as a scholarship student:
(i) when his/her acts were deemed inappropriate during the scholarship period
(ii) when he/she can no longer continue studying due to illness or other inevitable reasons.
(iii) when he/she declines his/her scholarship.
(3) A scholarship recipient and his/her respective Missionary Headquarters, etc., shall return the total grant amount provided if the scholarship recipient comes under the above (2) (i), (ii), (iii) or one who has not completed employment of the International Headquarters or the Missionary Headquarters and so forth of his/her respective country or region for a minimum of five years.
12. Supplementary Rules
1. Seicho-No-Ie Scholarship for International Peace shall take effect on April 1, 2010. 2. This amendment (6., 10. and 11.) shall take effect on October 5, 2011.