UN Fellowships for Coastal Developing Countries

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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

Host Institution(s):

  • Fisheries Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Rome, Italy)
  • International Labour Organization (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • International Maritime Organization (London, U.K.)
  • International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Hamburg, Germany)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP office to be confirmed according to Fellow’s research topic)

    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. Africa (Ghana, Cameroon, Mozambique, Tanzania, etc.)

    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.


    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.

    Application packages (including the forms) are available from the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, or online at the Fellowship website. Complete applications must be received by DOALOS not later than 15 August.

    Contact information:

    UN-Nippon Foundation Fellowship
    Dr. François Bailet
    Programme Advisor
    2 United Nations Plaza 414
    New York, NY 10017, U.S.A.
    Phone: +1-917-367-5186
    Fax: +1-212-963-5847
    Email: bailet[at]un.org

    For more information and application, see: UN Fellowships for Coastal Developing Countries Website

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