Programs for Global Ocean Issues: 2010


Program NF-UN Partnership Training Program on Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea
Organization Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs (United States)
URL External site
Description DOALOS is a specialized body of the UN responsible for assisting the practical implementation of laws and regulations in countries around the world in accordance with the guidelines of UNCLOS.
Since 2005, this program has been providing fellowships to approximately ten administrators and researchers from mainly developing nations each year. Fellows participate in a nine month course which focuses on practical training and coordinated research with partner institutions around the world.
Fields Global Ocean Governance
Grant Size USD 822,329 (Class of 2010-2011)
Program NF-GEBCO Training Project
Organization GEBCO Guiding Committee (United States)
URL External site
Description The General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) series plotting the world’s sea floors was initially started in 1903 under the leadership of Prince Albert I of Monaco. Presently, the work continues through the collaborative efforts of IHO and UNESCO and is guided by the GEBCO Guiding Committee.
Around six students are selected every year to participate in a one year postgraduate course at the University of New Hampshire focused on the creation of GEBCOs. Collaborative surveying projects conducted by graduates are also supported.
Fields Ocean Floor Mapping
Grant Size USD 950,000 (Class of 2010-2011)
Program Capacity Building and Network Development at IAMU
Organization International Association of Maritime Universities (Japan)
URL External site
Description The International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) was founded by seven universities, representing five different continents, in November 1999. These seven member universities shared a recognition of the significance of maritime education and training in the era of rapid globalization of the international shipping arena.
We have two projects with IAMU: one is aimed at standardizing and improving education at maritime universities around the world to respond to the increasing internationalization of the shipping industry, while the other focuses on enhancing the networking activities of IAMU.
Fields Capacity Building and Network Development for Maritime Universities
Grant Size JPY 47,500,000 (Capacity Building), USD 442,000 (Network Development) (2010-2011)
Program NF-IMLI Fellowship Program
Organization International Maritime Law Institute (Malta)
URL External site
Description The International Maritime Law Institute was established in 1988 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. It provides opportunities for high level education for administrators dealing with maritime and ocean-related regulation, mainly in developing nations.
Around 10 students are provided with fellowships to complete a nine month LL.M. program. In 2009, we established one Marine Environmental Law professorship post and one International Maritime Security Law lectureship post in addition to the fellowship program.
Fields Maritime Law/ Law of the Sea
Grant Size EUR 335,000 (Fellowship; 2010-2011), EUR 322,000 (Professorship/Lectureship: 2010-2011)
Program NF-ITLOS Fellowship Program
Organization International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Germany)
URL External site
Description The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea was inaugurated in 1996 under the precepts of UNCLOS as a permanent international judicial body.
Around eight scholars are offered nine month fellowships each year in order to receive advanced legal training on the peaceful resolution of international maritime disputes following the legal procedures under UNCLOS and mechanisms for external negotiations between countries.
Fields International Maritime Dispute Settlement
Grant Size EUR 230,000 (2010-2011)
Program NF-POGO Centre of Excellence in Observational Oceanography
Organization Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (UK)
URL External site
Description The Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans was established in 1999 by the leaders of the world’s most prominent oceanographic research institutions to further the global integration of ocean observation systems.
From 2004 to 2007, we sent six visiting professors to provide training at six research institutions worldwide. Since 2008, about 10 young researchers have been granted fellowships each year to participate in a 10 month training program in ocean observation. The training program was hosted by the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences until 2012, and currently is hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Germany).
Fields Global Ocean Observation
Grant Size USD 622,000 (2010-2011)
Program NF-SIRC Fellowship
Organization Seafarers International Research Centre, Cardiff University (UK)
URL External site
Description Established in 1995, SIRC is part of the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. With a view to conducting research on seafarers, it has a particular emphasis on issues of occupational health and safety from a social science perspective.
Since 2004, NF has been offering fellowships to about three researchers each year to enter a one year Masters program followed by a three year PhD program.
Graduates mainly enter jobs at universities or research institutions addressing maritime affairs.
*We are no longer taking new fellows for this program.
Fields Wellbeing of Seafarers
Grant Size GBP 355,500 (2010-2011)
Program Construction of an International Ocean Governance Network
Organization Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy, University of Delaware (United States)
URL External site
Description In response to challenges in ocean governance in the Caribbean, Dalhousie University leads an international multifaceted effort to develop human resources in Caribbean developing countries with the purpose of building an international network in the region. Dalhousie University also works with the International Ocean Governance Network (IOGN), creating model human capacity building systems between SE Asia and the Pacific Rim, and between SE Asia and Africa.
*This program ended in 2011.
Fields Ocean Governance
Grant Size USD 310,000CAD (2010-2011)
Program WMU Sasakawa Fellowship
Organization World Maritime University (Sweden)
URL External site
Description WMU was established in 1983 by the IMO as a specialized agency of the United Nations. It offers high level courses in maritime affairs, mainly to students from developing nations. We have been supporting WMU since 1988 and presently offer fellowships to around 25 scholars per year to participate in a Masters course that runs for approximately 14 months. In addition, we are offering three full-time teaching posts (Nippon Foundation Chairs) within the university in Maritime Administration, Marine Environment Management and Maritime Education and Training.
Fields Interdisciplinary Scientific Prediction of the Future State of the World’s Oceans
Grant Size JPY 99,077,603 (Fellowship; 2010-2011), EUR 314,840 (Chairs; 2010-2011)