The Columbia/UNITAR Fellowship Program
Once a year, Columbia Law School and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) organize the Columbia/UNITAR Fellowship Program for diplomats and delegates in order to enhance the contributions of New York-based missions in the conduct of international affairs at United Nations headquarters.
The fellowship program offers a unique opportunity to undertake studies in an academic setting in order to deepen and refresh the participants’ knowledge in the fields of international relations, politics, and law. In addition to being able to pursue their academic interests by taking a class or seminar, selected candidates benefit from the interaction with faculty, the student community, and the many programs of academic excellence offered by Columbia Law School. The program is offered during the spring term, which begins in January and ends in April. Applications are accepted in November and the selection of candidates occurs in late December.
Information on the Columbia/UNITAR Fellowship Program
The Columbia Fellowship Program involving the United Nations and the Nippon Foundation related to Law of the Sea
The United Nations - The Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme ~ Human Resources Development and Advancement of the Legal Order of the World's Oceans ~
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 jointly executed by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) of the Office of Legal Affairs and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). DOALOS serves as the focal point in charge of all substantive elements of the Project. DESA, in its capacity as implementing agency for the Project, is responsible for providing certain administrative services to the Project on behalf of DOALOS.
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.
More information on the Oceans & Law of the Sea Fellowship