UN-Nippon Fellowship Programme in Ocean Affairs for Coastal Developing Countries 2013
Research FellowshipSeptember Deadline 

UN-Nippon Fellowship are open for Government officials and other mid-level professionals from developing coastal countries. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): Selected UN-Nippon Fellowship Fellows are to carry out specialized research and studies for a 6 month period at one of over 35 host universities or research institutions in about 16 countries including Australia, France, Barbados, Brazil, USA, Spain, Canada, Ireland, Turkey, Belgium, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, UK, Chile, The Netherlands, and Greece. See the list of host institutions here.

After which, selected Fellows are to carry out their training for a period of 3 months at the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations Secretariat (New York, U.S.A.) or at one of the following institutions:

  • 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)

Level : ResearchField(s): Ocean affairs and the law of the sea, and related disciplines including marine science.

Deadline: 15 September 2013

Funded By:UN-Nippon Foundation

Beneficiaries( Target Group): scholarship is open for Government officials and other mid-level professionals from developing coastal countries. Previous fellows were from South America (Columbia, Peru, Chile, Brazil, etc.) ; Africa (Ghana, Cameroon, Mozambique, Tanzania, etc.); South Asia (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc.); and Southeast Asia and Pacific (Philippines, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, etc.).

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions)

Award No: Each year, the  UN-Nippon Fellowship Selection Committee will review applications and award Fellowships to 10 successful candidates.

Scholarship Covers: 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.


‣ 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 UN-Nippon 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.


Candidates must meet the following criteria to avail UN-Nippon Fellowship Programme

‣ You must be between ages 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 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 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 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; and

‣ 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.

Scholarship Application Method

The UN-Nippon Fellowship application package consists of the following three forms:

1. The Personal History and Proposed Research/Study Programme Form (click to download in MS Word format)

This Form must be completed by the candidate, either typewritten or word processed. Each question must be answered clearly and completely in order to ensure that the application will be processed. While completing this form, candidates should pay particular attention to sections 18, 19 and 20. If necessary, candidates may attach no more than one additional page of the same size. Candidates should refer to the list of participating host institutions while completing sections 21 and 23.

--> Once this form is completed, it must be submitted by the candidate to the Nominating Authority along with:

2. The Nomination and Recommendation Form (click to download in MS Word format) 
This form must be completed and signed by the official nominating entity

--> Once completed, forward directly to DOALOS both the "Nomination and Recommendation Form" and the completed "Personal History and Proposed Research/Study Programme Form".

3.United Nations Medical Clearance <--- note medical clearance process now in two stages 

Obtaining medical clearance is a requirement of the awards process, and has been simplified into two distinct steps so as to reduce the burden on applicants all the while adhering to United Nations rules and regulations.

Candidates must complete and return along with the forms outlined in #1 and #2 above the following form:The UN Medical Form (click to download in Adobe PDF format)

Note that at this stage of the process, candidates are no longer required to undergo a medical exam and to provide the extended medical forms and accompanying laboratory results and x-rays.

This step will be required of the selected candidates within four (4) weeks of notification - their timely completion of this requirement will be a condition of the award.

UN-Nippon Fellowship Application Process Summary 

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 (preferably through the State's Mission to the United Nations in New York).

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


Complete UN-Nippon Fellowship applications must be received by DOALOS not later than [15 September 2013]. 
DOALOS reserves the right not to process incomplete and/or late submissions.

Applications should be sent to:

The United Nations - The Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme
Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea
Office of Legal Affairs
United Nations, Room DC2-0450
New York, N.Y. 10017, U.S.A.
Fax: +1-212-963-5847


The decision to Award a Fellowship is made by the Fellowship Selection Committee, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Technical Cooperation Agreement which establishes the Fellowship Programme, and guided by the “Fellowship Selection Criteria” applied by the United Nations System Organizations.

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).

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