United Nations - Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship in Ocean-related Studies for Developing Countries and States

The United Nations – The Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme

Course(s) Offered: Ocean affairs & related (Law of the sea, Marine sciences, etc)
Course Level: Advanced study, Research
Provider: The United Nations and The Nippon Foundation
Country to Study in: Several countries (USA, Australia, etc)

Fellowship Description
On 22 April 2004, the United Nations and The Nippon Foundation of Japan concluded a trust fund project agreement to provide capacity-building and human resource development to developing States Parties and non-Parties to UNCLOS through a new Fellowship Programme.

The objective of the fellowship is to provide opportunities for advanced education and research in the field of ocean affairs and the law of the sea, and related disciplines including marine science in support of management frameworks.

The fellowship is targeted at Government officials and other mid-level professionals from developing States, so that they may obtain the necessary knowledge to assist their countries to formulate comprehensive ocean policy and to implement the legal regime set out in UNCLOS and related instruments.

The United Nations - The Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme for Developing States

Candidates wishing to be considered for a Fellowship award must ensure that they meet all the following criteria:
  • You must be between the ages of 25 and 40;
  • You must have successfully completed a first university degree, and demonstrate a capacity to undertake independent advanced academic research and study;
  • You must be a mid-level administrator from a national government organ of a developing coastal State, or another government related agency in such a State, which deals directly with ocean affairs issues, and your professional position must allow you to directly assist your nation in the formulation and/or implementation of policy in this area. This includes marine sciences and the science-policy linkage. Your “Nomination and Recommendation Form” should be completed by a Government official who can attest to the nature of your work with respect to the Government’s ocean affairs and law of the sea related activities, and indicate how an Award would directly contribute to these activities; and
  • Your proposed research and study programme must contribute directly to your nation’s formulation and/or implementation of ocean affairs and law of the sea policies and programmes.
Selection criteria:
Satisfaction of the above criteria must be clearly demonstrated by the candidate through the application forms and confirmed by a nominating authority.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries can apply

Participating Institutions
There are 48 participating Institutions in 24 States/countries. Please see the complete list of Host Institutions.

Fields of study
Advanced education and research in the field of ocean affairs and the law of the sea, and related disciplines including marine science.

Programme Structure:
The 9-month Fellowship Programme is composed of two consecutive phases which provide Fellows with advanced and customized research and training opportunities in their chosen fields:
  • Phase One: 3-month Research and Training – normally undertaken at DOALOS at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
  • Phase Two: 6-month Advanced Academic Research and Study – undertaken at one of the prestigious participating Host Institutions and under the guidance of subject matter expert(s) who have recognized in-depth expertise in the Fellows’ chosen field of study.
Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
The fellowship is for a total duration of 9 months

Scholarship benefits
Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows should have an advanced awareness and understanding of key issues and best international practices in ocean affairs and are expected to return to their home-countries to contribute their experience to assist with the effective implementation of UNCLOS and related instruments and programmes.

Fellows should be able to design, implement and/or evaluate specific improvement projects in their home countries related to ocean affairs, develop a core leadership capacity and have an in-depth understanding of legal frameworks, methodologies and tools to further improve implementation of instruments and programmes and to provide for their effective enforcement in conformity with international law.

Method of Application
If you are eligible and interested, then your complete applications (originals and attachments) must be received by DOALOS not later than the deadline date below. Please read through the programme brochure(pdf), and also visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply

The deadline for applications for the 2019 session of the Fellowship is 14th September 2018 

The fellowship Programme is jointly executed by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) of the Office of Legal Affairs and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). DOALOS serves as the focal point in charge of all substantive elements of the Project. DESA, in its capacity as implementing agency for the Project, is responsible for providing certain administrative services to the Project on behalf of DOALOS.

Application Deadline: 14 September 2018
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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