The United Nations – Nippon Foundation Fellowship 2023 for mid-level civil servants and professionals.


Application deadline: September 14, 2022

The call for applications for the United Nations Foundation Japan Fellowship 2023 is now open. United Nations Fellowship – Nippon Foundation provides civil servants and other mid-level professionals from developing States with advanced training in maritime 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 maritime affairs, familiarize themselves 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 chosen by them.

Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows are expected to return to their home countries and use their extensive knowledge and extensive experience to help formulate comprehensive ocean policy and implement the legal regime set out in the United Nations Convention on law of the sea and related instruments, including through the design, implementation and/or evaluation of specific improvement projects.

Structure of the scholarship:

The 9-month fellowship program is made up of two consecutive phases that provide fellows with advanced and personalized research and training opportunities in the fields of their choice:

Candidates wishing to be considered for a research grant must ensure that they meet all of the following criteria:

  • You must be between 25 and 40 years old;
  • You must have successfully completed a first university degree and demonstrate an ability to undertake independent advanced academic research and study;
  • You must be a mid-level professional of a national governmental body of a developing State, or other governmental or non-governmental agency of such a State, which directly deals with matters relating to maritime affairs, and your position professional should enable you to directly assist your nation in the formulation and/or implementation of policy in this area. This includes marine science and the science-policy nexus. Your “Nomination and Recommendation Form” must be completed by a government official or other official who can attest to the nature of your work with respect to government maritime affairs and law of the sea related activities, and indicate how an award would directly contribute to these activities;
  • The research and study program you propose must contribute directly to the formulation and/or implementation by your country of policies and programs relating to maritime affairs and the law of the sea; and
  • You must be free of all non-scholarship obligations for the duration of the scholarship, unless otherwise authorized by the division.

    Application procedure:

The deliverables of the scholarship program are:

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

In addition, a number of assignments will be carried out as part of the training course provided during the first phase of the program.

For more information:

Visit the Official Webpage of United Nations – Nippon Foundation Fellowship 2022

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