The United Nations Nippon Foundation Strategic Needs Fellowship opens for applications from prospective applicants Worldwide in 2023.
The Fellowship aims to enable the most vulnerable States, particularly least developed countries, small island developing States and landlocked developing countries, to better address strategically important and time-sensitive issues facing them in ocean affairs and the law of the sea. Government officials from these States with a limited background in ocean affairs and the law of the sea, who are filling key positions in their Administration, are provided with in-depth highly customized training on ocean affairs and the law of the sea, with a focus on those areas in which States have identified critical capacity barriers.
Upon completion of the Fellowship, Fellows are expected to return to their positions and use their training on international legal frameworks, key issues and best practices in ocean affairs, the work of the United Nations, and professional skills, to assist their States in the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and related instruments, as well as Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 and other related SDGs.
Worth of Award
- The Fellowship consists of a four-month training programme at the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
- Fellows are provided with a monthly stipend for the duration of the Fellowship. The Fellowship also covers travel and health insurance.
- In addition, the Fellows will be fully integrated into the training activities developed for the UN-NF Fellows, thereby being exposed to opportunities for additional learning and networking. For further details on the Fellowship curriculum.
- Depending on the needs identified, Fellows may, during the four-month training programme, undertake a learning placement with either a Department of the United Nations Secretariat, a specialized agency or an organization affiliated with the United Nations or other relevant organizations.
The Strategic Needs Fellowship is offered annually, usually between the months of August and December.
States are invited to nominate 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 with assignments relating to the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and related instruments, as well as Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 and other related SDGs.
Nominated candidates must meet all the following criteria:
- Must be between the ages of 25 and 40;
- Must have successfully completed a first-level university degree;
- Must be Government officials from developing countries dealing directly with critical issues related to the sustainable development of oceans and seas including the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; national and/or regional ocean policy; establishment of maritime zones and 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 marine science;
- Their proposed study programme must contribute directly to the State’s formulation and/or implementation of ocean affairs and the law of the sea policies and programmes;
- 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.
How to Apply
- Satisfaction with the above criteria must be clearly demonstrated by the candidate through the application forms and confirmed by a Nominating Authority.
- The “Nomination and Recommendation Form” must be completed by a Government official who can attest to the nature of the candidate’s work with respect to the Government’s ocean affairs and the 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.
- Applications are welcome only when a call for applications is open.
Deadline: Applications close March 24, 2023.