UN-Nippon Fellowship Programme in Ocean Affairs

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UN-Nippon Fellowship Programme in Ocean Affairs: The UN-Nippon Fellowship Programme is funded by The Nippon Foundation of Japan and implemented by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DAOLOS), with the assistance of the Training and Fellowships Section of the United Nations Division for Economic and Social Affairs.

The main objective of the fellowship is to provide opportunities for advanced education and training in the field of ocean affairs and the law of the sea, and related disciplines including marine science, to Government officials and other mid-level professionals from developing coastal 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.

Field of studies:

Ocean affairs and the law of the sea, and related disciplines including marine science.

Number of Awards:

Each year, the UN-Nippon Selection Committee will review applications and award Fellowships to 10 successful candidates.

Target group:

Government officials and other mid-level professionals from developing coastal countries.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

  • Successful candidates will be provided with the opportunity to develop a research/study theme of direct relevance to their nation and/or region with respect to ocean affairs and the law of the sea, including in the marine sciences.

  • The 9-month Fellowship Programme is composed of two consecutive phases which provide Fellows with advanced and customized research and training opportunities in their chose fields:

  • Phase One: 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.

  • Phase Two: 3-month Research and Training – normally undertaken at DOALOS at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

    Fellowship Eligibility Criteria:

    Candidates must:

  • Be nominated by their Government or employer;

  • Be between ages 25 and 40;

  • Possess a first university degree in a related discipline, and have a demonstrated ability to undertake independent advanced research and studies in an academic context;

  • Be mid-level professionals who demonstrate that they work directly on ocean issues;

  • Be in a position to accept placement with host institutions for a period of no less than nine consecutive months;

  • Be in a good state of health so as to be cleared by the UN Medical Service; and

  • Be in a position to obtain all relevant visas, including transit visas.

    Follow the links below for more details and application contacts.

    For more information and application, please visit; UN-Nippon Fellowship Programme in Ocean Affairs Website

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