2020 United Nations Nippon Foundation Critical Needs Fellowship

Deadline: September 13, 2019.

The Critical Needs Fellowship was established in 2017 as one of three core activities under the United Nations – Nippon Foundation Sustainable Ocean Programme. The Fellowship aims 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 and related instruments, as well as Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 and other related SDGs.



Nominated candidates must meet all the following criteria:

1. Must be between the ages of 25 and 40;

2. Must have successfully completed a first university degree;

3. Must be Government officials from developing countries dealing directly with critical issues related to 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;

4. The “Nomination and Recommendation Form” must be completed by a Government official who can attest to the nature of your work with respect to the Government’s ocean affairs and law of the sea related activities, and indicate how an Award would directly contribute to these activities;

5. The proposed study programme must contribute directly to the State’s formulation and/or implementation of ocean affairs and law of the sea policies and programmes;

6. 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.



1. Travel and Payment (Stipends – and allowance

2. Fellows will be provided with a return air-ticket in economy class for travels from their home country to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.

3. Fellows will be enrolled in a medical insurance scheme for the duration of their Fellowship programme.



The Fellowship application package consists of the following two forms:

  1. The Personal History and Proposed Research/Study Programme Form(click to download in MS Word format)

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.

Once this form is completed, it must be submitted by the candidate to the Nominating Authority along with:

  1. The Nomination and Recommendation Form(click to download in MS Word format)

This form must be completed and signed by the official nominating entity and must clearly identify the time-sensitive strategic needs of the State and how the candidate will be in a position to directly affect positive change with respect to these needs.

Once completed, both the “Nomination and Recommendation Form” and the completed “Personal History and Proposed Research/Study Programme Form” must be forwarded to DOALOS through the nominating State’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Applications should be sent to:

E-mail (Preferred): DOALOS@un.org

The United Nations – Nippon Foundation Critical Needs 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.




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