The United Nations-Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowships Programme in USA, 2018

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Applications are invited for United Nations – Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme in the USA. International applicants are eligible to apply for these fellowships.

The program aims at providing the necessary knowledge and skills to assist developing states towards the formulation of comprehensive ocean law and policy and to implement UNCLOS and related instruments to achieve sustainable management of their ocean spaces, resources, and activities.

The Nippon Foundation mission is social innovation. Through this innovation they aim to achieve a society where all people support one another, reducing the burdens and challenges they face together.

Applicants must have successfully completed a first university degree, and demonstrate a capacity to undertake independent advanced academic research and study.

Course Level: 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 – normally undertaken at DOALOS at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
  • Phase Two: 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.

Study Subject: The objective of the fellowship is to provide opportunities for advanced education and research in the field of ocean affairs and the law of the sea, and related disciplines including marine science in support of management frameworks, to Government officials and other mid-level professionals from developing 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.

Scholarship Award: 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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Eligibility: 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 coastal 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
  • Candidates must be free of all non-Fellowship obligations during this entire period unless otherwise authorized by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations. Phase 1 is approximately 3 months at United Nations Head Quarters in New York (normally April through June) and phase 2 is approximately six months at the host institution (normally July through December).
  • Satisfaction of the above criteria must be clearly demonstrated by the candidate through the application forms and confirmed by a nominating authority.

Nationality: International applicants are eligible to apply for these fellowships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must be between the ages of 25 and 40.

English language Requirements: Certain Host Institutions are in a position to accommodate research and study programs undertaken in various languages including, inter alia, English, French, and Spanish. Candidates should indicate their linguistic preference in their application form.

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How to Apply: 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.
  • In parallel to Step 1 and 2: Candidate complete UN Medical Form and forward directly to DOALOS
  • Complete applications must be received by DOALOS not later than 15 September 2017. DOALOS reserves the right not to process incomplete and/or late submissions.

Application Deadline: Application deadline for the 2018 session is  September 15, 2017.

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