Call for Applications: The Nippon Foundation Sustainable Ocean Programme Thematic Fellowship 2020


Deadline: 3 April 2020


On 22 April 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 States Parties and non-Parties to UNCLOS through a Fellowship Programme. The Programme is executed by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) of the Office of Legal Affairs.

On 7 June 2017, a new partnership “United Nations-Nippon Foundation Sustainable Ocean Programme” was launched. As one of the activities of the Sustainable Ocean Programme, the Thematic Fellowship aims at increasing capacity at the national level through funded advanced training and research in specific thematic areas of ocean affairs and the law of the sea and related disciplines, including marine science in support of management frameworks, so as to provide the necessary knowledge to assist countries to formulate relevant policies, in conformity with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Professional skills will also be developed.

This year’s theme is “The implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through UNCLOS and ocean governance frameworks”.

Programme Structure

Delivery of training for 12 ocean professionals to build their knowledge and capacity on a specific theme over a four months programme:

  • three months of in-person training at United Nations Headquarters; 
  • either one-month placement with relevant UN System organizations or a New York based programme of briefings and activities aimed at providing first-hand knowledge and insight into the implementation of ocean affairs frameworks and building a network of resource persons to assist them, as appropriate, in the future.

The programme will take place between the second half of August and the second half of December 2020.

Selection criteria

Candidates must meet all the following criteria:

  • 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 Government officials or other mid-level professionals from developing States or developed States who demonstrate a solid background in ocean affairs and a need for further in-depth training in this year’s specialized thematic area.
  • 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.
  • The "Nomination and Recommendation Form" must be completed by an employer who can attest to the nature of your work with respect to ocean affairs and law of the sea related activities, and indicate how an Award would directly contribute to these activities;

Women candidates are strongly invited to apply, with a view to achieving gender balance in the selection process.

Satisfaction of the above criteria must be clearly demonstrated by the candidate through the application forms.

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