Fellowship Background and Overview
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 new 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.
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.
Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows should have an advanced awareness and understanding of key issues and best international practices in ocean affairs and are expected to return to their home-countries to contribute their experience to assist with the effective implementation of UNCLOS and related instruments and programmes. Fellows should be able to design, implement and/or evaluate specific improvement projects in their home countries related to ocean affairs, develop a core leadership capacity and have an in-depth understanding of legal frameworks, methodologies and tools to further improve implementation of instruments and programmes and to provide for their effective enforcement in conformity with international law.
The Fellowship application package consists of the following three forms:
1. The Personal History and Proposed Research/Study Programme Form (to download to "Further official information" below this article)
This Form must be completed by the candidate, either typewritten or word processed. 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. Candidates should refer to the list of participating host institutions while completing sections 21 and 23.
Once this form is completed, it must be submitted by the candidate to the Nominating Authority along with:
2. The Nomination and Recommendation Form
This form must be completed and signed by the official nominating entity
Once completed, forward directly to DOALOS both the "Nomination and Recommendation Form" and the completed "Personal History and Proposed Research/Study Programme Form".
3.United Nations Medical Clearance <--- note medical clearance process now in two stages
Obtaining medical clearance is a requirement of the awards process, and has been simplified into two distinct steps so as to reduce the burden on applicants all the while adhering to United Nations rules and regulations.
Candidates must complete and return along with the forms outlined in #1 and #2 above the following form:
The UN Medical Form (click to download in Adobe PDF format)
Note that at this stage of the process, candidates are not required to undergo a medical exam and to provide the extended medical forms and accompanying laboratory results and x-rays. This step will be required of the selected candidates within four (4) weeks of notification - their timely completion of this requirement will be a condition of the award.
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 9 September 2016.
DOALOS reserves the right not to process incomplete and/or late submissions.
Advanced copies of applications may be faxed to DOALOS, however, in order for applications to be considered complete,
all originals and attachments must received by DOALOS by 9 September 2016.
Applications should be sent to:
The United Nations - The Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme
Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea
Office of Legal Affairs
United Nations, Room DC2-0450
New York, N.Y. 10017, U.S.A.
E-mail (Preferred) : DOALOS@un.org
The decision to Award a Fellowship is made by the Fellowship Selection Committee, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Technical Cooperation Agreement which establishes the Fellowship Programme, and guided by the “Fellowship Selection Criteria” applied by the United Nations System Organizations. 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 fulfilment of all Fellowship requirements including, inter alia, obtaining United Nations Medical Clearance, Host Institution Placement Confirmation, and the necessary Visa(s).
For more information click "Further official information" below.