Apply by 16 February 2024

Call for applications for the 2024 session of the Fellowship Programme

The Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations (“OLA/DOALOS”), is now accepting applications for the 2024 session of the United Nations – The Nippon Foundation Strategic Needs Fellowship Programme.

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 strategic 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.

To qualify, candidates must:

  • 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 strategic 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).

It is intended that 11 Fellowships will be offered in 2024.

Additional information on the United Nations – The Nippon Foundation Strategic Needs Fellowship is available on the Fellowship website:

The deadline for submitting the complete application package is 16 February 2024. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the eligibility requirements and use only the application forms made available on the website to apply to the Programme. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Awards will be communicated individually to the successful candidates and then posted on the Fellowship website in the second half of April 2024. The Fellowship will take place between mid-August and mid-December 2024.


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