UN – The Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme

DOALOS Fellowship and Training

In 2004, the United Nations and The Nippon Foundation of Japan concluded a trust fund project agreement to provide capacity-building and human resource development to developing coastal States Parties and non-Parties to UNCLOS through a new Fellowship Programme.

The main objective of the 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.

Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows should have an advanced awareness and understanding of key issues and best international practices in ocean affairs and are expected to return to their home-countries to contribute their experience to assist with the effective implementation of UNCLOS and related instruments and programmes.

Fellowship Programme Structure

The 9-month Fellowship Programme is composed of two consecutive phases:

  • Phase One: 6-month Advanced Academic Research and Study – undertaken at one of the participating Host Institutions and under the guidance of subject matter expert(s) 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.


  • 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 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
  • Candidate’s proposed research and study programme must contribute directly to thier nation’s formulation and/or implementation of ocean affairs and law of the sea policies and programmes.

Criteria above must be clearly demonstrated by the candidate through the application forms and confirmed by a nominating authority.


The Fellowship application package consists of the following three forms:

  1. The Personal History and Proposed Research/Study Programme Form
  2. The Nomination and Recommendation Form
  3. United Nations Medical Clearance

Application Process

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.


The Application Deadline for the 2010-2011 Session is 15 August 2009. Complete applications must be received by DOALOS not later than [15 August 2009]. Advanced copies of applications may be faxed to DOALOS, however, in order for applications to be considered complete, all originals and attachments must received by DOALOS by [15 August 2009].

Applications should be sent to:

The United Nations – The Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme Advisor
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. 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.

More information on: http://www.un.org/depts/los/nippon


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