Deadline: March 24, 2023
Applications are open for the United Nations – The Nippon Foundation Strategic Needs Fellowship 2023. The objective of the United Nations – The Nippon Foundation Strategic Needs Fellowship is to assist developing States, particularly least developed countries, small island developing States and landlocked developing countries to address identified critical needs in the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and related instruments, as well as Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 and other related SDGs.
The Fellowship is targeted at Government officials with limited background in ocean affairs and the law of the sea who are filling key positions in their Administration and who are tasked to address the needs referred to above. Selected Fellows participate in a four-month training programme based on a foundation curriculum, integrated by a highly customized individual curriculum developed in consultation with the nominating State, at OLA/DOALOS at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
- Fellows will receive a stipend each month during their Fellowship, both during their time in New York and, for United Nations – Nippon Foundation Fellows participating in the 9-month programme, during their time at the second phase host institution. The stipend is paid from the date a Fellow departs from their home country, and ends on the date of completion of the Fellowship, including a maximum travel time of up to two days by the most direct air route, in accordance with United Nations travel rules.
- Fellows will be provided with a return economy class air-ticket to travel from their home country to complete the Fellowship. Strategic Needs Fellows will be provided with return economy class air-tickets between their home country and DOALOS in New York.
- Be between the ages of 25 and 40;
- Possess at least a first-level university degree or equivalent;
- Demonstrate an ability to undertake advanced academic research and studies;
- Be from a developing State;
- Be Government officials dealing directly with critical issues related to sustainable development of oceans and seas (e.g. the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; national and/or regional ocean policy; the establishment of maritime zones and/or the delimitation of maritime boundaries; coastal zone management; conservation and management of marine living resources; maritime transport and shipping; maritime security; the protection and preservation of the marine environment; and/or marine science).
- To apply, download the application form and fill in all the fields electronically. Kindly use the Sentence case for filling in the data (e.g. John Smith), do not use all capital letters to write your answers (e.g. JOHN SMITH). Apply your electronic or handwritten signature and use the “Save” option to save your changes. Kindly return the form as a word or pdf document.
- Each question must be answered clearly and completely in order to ensure that the application will be processed. While completing this form, candidates should pay particular attention to sections 18, 19 and 20. If necessary, candidates may attach no more than one additional page of the same size.
- The Application form consists of two documents: 1. The “Personal History and Proposed Research/Study Programme Form”, and 2. The “Nomination and Recommendation Form”. Both forms must be signed, the first one by the applicant, the second one by the by the official nominating entity. The forms may be returned to us in either word or pdf format.
- Once both the “Nomination and Recommendation Form” and the “Personal History and Proposed Research/Study Programme Form” are completed and signed, email them directly to DOALOS at [email protected]. The deadline for applications is 24 March 2023.