FELLOWSHIP: United Nations – Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme 2017 in USA

Applications are invited for United Nations – Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme in the USA. International applicants are eligible to apply for these fellowships.

The program aims at providing the necessary knowledge and skills to assist developing states towards the formulation of comprehensive ocean law and policy and to implement UNCLOS and related instruments to achieve sustainable management of their ocean spaces, resources, and activities.

Applicants must have successfully completed a first university degree, and demonstrate a capacity to undertake independent advanced academic research and study.

The 9-month Fellowships 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.

Study Subject:

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, to 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.

Scholarship Value:

10 fellowships will be awarded per annum, and successful candidates will be notified by DOALOS. The results will also be posted on the Fellowship website. Please note that Awards are conditional on the fulfillment of all Fellowship requirements including, inter alia, obtaining United Nations Medical Clearance, Host Institution Placement Confirmation, and the necessary Visa(s).


International applicants are eligible to apply for these fellowships. Candidates wishing to be considered for a Fellowships award must ensure that they meet all the following criteria:

§  Applicants must be between the ages of 25 and 40;

§  Applicants must have successfully completed a first university degree, and demonstrate a capacity to undertake independent advanced academic research and study;

§  Applicants 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 their professional position must allow them to directly assist their nation in the formulation and/or implementation of policy in this area. This includes marine sciences and the science-policy linkage. Their “Nomination and Recommendation Form” should be completed by a Government official who can attest to the nature of their 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;

§  Applicants proposed research and study program must contribute directly to their nation’s formulation and/or implementation of ocean affairs and law of the sea policies and programs; and

§  Candidates must be free of all non-Fellowship obligations during this entire period unless otherwise authorized by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, and United Nations. Phase 1 is approximately 3 months at United Nations Head Quarters in New York (normally April through June) and phase 2 is approximately six months at the host institution (normally July through December).

Application Process:

§  Step 1: Candidate to complete “Personal History and Proposed Research/Study Programme Form” and forward it to Nominating Authority along with the “Nomination and Recommendation Form.”

§  Step 2: Nominating Authority to complete “Nomination and Recommendation Form” and forward it, along with completed “Personal History and Proposed Research/Study Programme Form,” to DOALOS.

§  In parallel to Step 1 and 2: Candidate complete UN Medical Form and forward directly to DOALOS,

§  Advanced copies of applications may be faxed to DOALOS, however, in order for applications to be considered complete, all originals and attachments must receive by DOALOS by 9 September 2016. Applications should be sent via post.

For any quiries, contact at [email protected]

Download Programme brochure

Deadline: September 09, 2016

Originally published by: United Nations

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