The 2023 United -Nations Nippon Foundation Fellowship

Applications are welcome for the 2023 United Nations – Nippon Foundation Fellowship for Government officials and Mid-level Professionals from the Developing States.

The United Nations – Nippon Foundation Fellowship provides Government officials and other mid-level professionals from developing States with advanced training on ocean 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 ocean affairs, become familiar 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 selected by them.

The 9-month Fellowship Programme comprises two consecutive phases which provide Fellows with advanced and customized research and training opportunities in their chosen fields:

  • Phase One: 3-month Research and Training, which is normally undertaken between March/April and June at DOALOS at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
  • Phase Two: 6-month Advanced Academic Research and Study, which is normally undertaken between July and December 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.

Duration: 9 months


Nippon Foundation Fellowship will cover the following:

  • A return economy class air ticket to travel from their home country to complete the Fellowship. 
  • A Book Allowance of US$100 per month
  • Cigna offers 100% medical coverage for general medical and hospital treatments up to a certain limit.


Applicants for the Nippon Foundation Fellowship must ensure that they meet all the following criteria:

  • Be between the ages of 25 and 40;
  • Have successfully completed a first university degree, and demonstrate a capacity to undertake independent advanced academic research and study;
  • Be a mid-level professional from a national government organ of a developing State, or another governmental or non-governmental agency in such a State, which deals directly with ocean affairs issues;
  • The proposed research and study program must contribute directly to his/her nation’s formulation and/or implementation of ocean affairs and law of the sea policies and programs; and
  • Must be free of all non-Fellowship obligations during the entire Fellowship period unless otherwise authorized by the Division.
  • Women candidates are strongly welcome to apply, with a view to achieving gender balance in the selection process.
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Application Process

To apply for the 2023 United Nations Nippon Foundation Fellowship, download the form and fill in all the fields electronically.

To apply, click here.

Deadline: September 14, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.

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