Deadline: September 24, 2021

Fully Funded United Nations Nippon Foundatioun Fellowship 2021

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.Upon completion of the Fellowship, Fellows are expected to return to their home countries and use their in-depth knowledge and extended experience to assist in formulating comprehensive ocean policy and in implementing the legal regime set out in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and related instruments, including through designing, implementing and/or evaluating specific improvement projects.



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:

In addition, a number of assignments will be completed in the context of the training curriculum delivered during phase one of the programme.

For further details on the curriculum of the programme, please see this documentPDF and for full details of the programme requirements, please see this document.

Click on the research database to see the profiles and research theses submitted by previous Fellows.


Candidates wishing to be considered for a Fellowship award must ensure that they meet all the following criteria:

Scholarship Duration and Reward

For the conditions of the Fellowship, including


For more information visit the official webpage of United Nations Nippon Foundatioun Fellowship 2021

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