The United Nations Nippon Foundation Fellowship 2022

Nippon Foundation Fellowship
Key details
  • Host: UN
  • Open to: Developing countries
  • Target: Graduates
  • Deadline: 24th September 2021

Applications for the United Nations Nippon Foundation Fellowship 2022 are now ongoing.

About the United Nations Nippon Foundation Fellowship
Nippon Foundation Fellowship

The Fellowship provides advanced training in ocean affairs and the law of the sea, as well as related fields such as marine science, to government officials and other mid-level professionals from developing countries in support of management frameworks.

Fellows for the United Nations Nippon Foundation Fellowship will gain knowledge of international legal frameworks, significant concerns, and best practices in ocean affairs, as well as gain familiarity with UN work and professional skills. Fellows will also do independent research under the supervision of an academic advisor and write a thesis on a topic of their choosing.

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Fellows are expected to return to their home countries after completing the Nippon Foundation Fellowship and use their in-depth knowledge and extensive experience to assist in the formulation of comprehensive ocean policy and the implementation of the legal regime established by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and related instruments, including through designing, implementing, and/or evaluating programs.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the United Nation Nippon Foundation Fellowship you:

  • Must be between the ages of 25 and 40;
  • Must have successfully completed a first university degree, and demonstrate a capacity to undertake independent advanced academic research and study;
  • Must be a mid-level professional from a national government organ of a developing State, or another governmental or non-governmental 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 or other official who can attest to the nature of your work with respect to the Government’s ocean affairs and the law of the sea-related activities, and indicate how an Award would directly contribute to these activities;
  • Your proposed research and study program must contribute directly to your nation’s formulation and/or implementation of ocean affairs and law of the sea policies and programs; and
  • Must be free of all non-Fellowship obligations during the entire Fellowship period unless otherwise authorized by the Division.
Fellowship Structure and Deliverables

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

  • Phase One: 3-month Research and Training, which is normally undertaken between March/April and June at DOALOS at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
  • Phase Two: 6-month Advanced Academic Research and Study, which is normally undertaken between July and December 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.

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The deliverables of the Fellowship Program are:

  • A 100-page written thesis
  • A presentation of the research
  • An ocean governance matrix

In addition, a number of assignments will be completed in the context of the training curriculum delivered during phase one of the program.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates who wish to apply can click the button below:

NOTE: The deadline for applications to be received by DOALOS is September 24, 2021.

For more information visit the official website of the United Nations Nippon Foundation Fellowship

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