The United Nations Nippon Foundation Fellowship – Fully Funded
Objectives: The United Nations Nippon Foundation Fellowship – Fully Funded
The United Nations – Nippon Foundation Fellowship provides Government officials and other mid-level professionals from developing States with advanced training on ocean affairs and the law of the sea, as well as related disciplines, including marine science in support of management frameworks. Fellows will learn about international legal frameworks, key issues and best practices in ocean affairs, become familiar with the work of the United Nations, and develop professional skills. Fellows will also conduct individual research, under academic supervision, and develop a written thesis on a topic selected by them.
Upon completion of the Fellowship, Fellows are expected to return to their home countries and use their in-depth knowledge and extended experience to assist in formulating comprehensive ocean policy and in implementing the legal regime set out in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and related instruments, including through designing, implementing and/or evaluating specific improvement projects. For further details on the Fellowship objectives see this document
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Fellowship conditions: The United Nations Nippon Foundation Fellowship – Fully Funded
For the conditions of the Fellowship, including regarding travel, stipend payments, visas, medical clearance, insurance and housing, please see the Fellowship Conditions page.
Fellowship structure, curriculum and deliverables
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: 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.
The deliverables of the Fellowship Programme 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 programme.
Click on the research database to see the profiles and research theses submitted by previous Fellows
Application process and eligibility criteria: The United Nations Nippon Foundation Fellowship – Fully Funded
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 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 law of the sea related activities, and indicate how an Award would directly contribute to these activities;
- 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; and
- You must be free of all non-Fellowship obligations during the entire Fellowship period unless otherwise authorized by the Division.
Satisfaction of the above criteria must be clearly demonstrated by the candidate through the application forms and confirmed by a nominating authority. Women candidates are strongly invited to apply, with a view to achieve gender balance in the selection process.
Applications are welcome only when a call for applications is open.
Host Institutions: The United Nations Nippon Foundation Fellowship – Fully Funded
The following universities and institutions participate in the UNNF Fellowship Programme, generously providing their resources to host Fellows and provide a co-supervisor for Fellows’ research projects.
- Ankara University Research Center of the Sea and Maritime Law
- Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong (Wollongong, Australia)
- Cardiff University, School of Law and Politics, (Cardiff, U.K.)
- Centre de Droit Maritime et Océanique, Université de Nantes (Nantes, France)
- Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), University of West Indies (Cave Hill Campus, Barbados)
- Centre d’Etudes et de Récherches sur le Droit des Activités Maritimes et l’Environnement (CERDAME), Institut du Droit et de la Paix et du Développement, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis (Nice, France)
- Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island
- Columbia Law School, Columbia University (New York, U.S.A.)
- Department of Public, Civil Procedure, International and European Law of the University of Milan (Milan, Italy)
- Edinburgh Centre for International and Global Law, Edinburgh University (Edinburgh, U.K.)
- Faculty of Law, The University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia)
- Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy, University of Delaware (Newark, U.S.A.)
- Graduate Program in Marine Affairs, Department of Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island (Kingston, U.S.A.)
- Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology – ZMT (Bremen, Germany)
- Marine and Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University in partnership with the International Ocean Institute-Canada (Halifax, Canada)
- Marine Affairs Programme, Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) in partnership with the International Ocean Institute-Canada (Halifax, Canada)
- Marine and Shipping Law Unit, University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia)
- Marine Law and Policy Research Centre, Istanbul Bilgi University (Istanbul, Türkiye)
- Maritime Institute, University of Ghent (Ghent, Belgium)
- Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, (Heidelberg, Germany)
- Melbourne University Law School (Victoria, Australia)
- National Oceanography Centre (NERC), (Southampton, U.K.)
- Nelson Mandela University South African Research Chair in the Law of the Sea and Development in Africa, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
- Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea, Utrecht University School of Law (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
- NOVA University, School of Law, (Lisbon, Portugal)
- Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Canada)
- Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SELG), University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland)
- Sydney Law School, University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia)
- School for the Environment, University of Massachusetts Boston (Boston, U.S.A.)
- Tulane Maritime Law Center, Tulane University (New Orleans, U.S.A.)
- University of Milano Bicocca (Milano, Italy) : Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza and Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Ambiente e della Terra “Marine Sciences Programme
- University of Tromso (Tromso, Norway)
- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Woods Hole, MA, )
- World Maritime University (Malmo, Sweden) and Global Ocean Institute (Malmo, Sweden)