Call for Application: UN-Nippon Foundation Fellowship Programme

10 selected fellows are going to complete both practical and academic sessions in the field of ocean affairs and the law of the sea

Port Moresby, 14 July 2017

The United Nations – the Nippon Foundation Fellowship Programme provides ten successful candidates with advanced education and training in the field of ocean affairs and the law of the sea, and related disciplines, to Government officials and other mid-level professionals. 130 awards have been granted in the past thirteen years to candidates of 75 UN member states.

Successful candidates will undertake their research/studies in two consecutive phases. Phase one: Approximately three months with the Division of Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS), Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations in New York, USA (normally April – June). Phase two: Approximately 6 months at the host institution (normally July – December).

All successful candidates are expected to have begun their placements by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

Candidates wishing to be considered for a Fellowship Award must ensure they meet all of the following criteria. The below criteria must be clearly demonstrated by the candidate through the application forms and confirmed by a nominating authority.

-         Must be between the ages of 25 and 40 years;

-         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 profession from a national government body, or another governmental or non-governmental agency which deals directly with ocean affairs issues. 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 another 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;

-         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;

-         Candidates must be free of all non-Fellowship obligations during this entire period unless otherwise authorised by the DOALOS.

Application process:

  1. Candidates are to complete the “Personal History and Proposed Research/Study Programme Form” and forward it to the Nominating Authority along with the “Nomination and Recommendation Form.”
  2. The Nominating Authority is to complete the “Nomination and Recommendation Form” and forward it, along with the completed “Personal History and Proposed Research/Study Programme Form,” to the DOALOS
  3. Candidates are to complete the UN Medical Form and forward it directly to the DOALOS.

Completed applications must be received by the DOALOS no later than 15 September 2017.

Forms and additional information are available on the following:


For further information, please contact:

Chika Kondoh, Communications Specialist at the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (UNRCO)