Itlos – Nippon Foundation Capacity Building and Training Programme 2024/2025 (Fully Funded to Hamburg, Germany)

The Tribunal collaborates with the Nippon Foundation on an annual training program for dispute settlement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (‘UNCLOS’). The program lasts nine months, starting in July, and is held at the Tribunal’s headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. Announcements for applications are made in February or March each year, subject to funding availability.

Nippon Foundation capacity building And Training Programme

The program targets junior to mid-level government officials and researchers primarily from developing nations who are presently addressing matters related to maritime law, the law of the sea, or dispute resolution. It offers participants a distinctive chance to enhance their legal expertise and broaden their hands-on understanding of dispute resolution within the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) framework.


  • The Nippon Foundation will cover all participant expenses, such as travel, accommodation, medical insurance, and a monthly allowance.
  • Participants will need to arrange and pay for their visa to Germany, but the program may offer assistance in the application process. Visas for study visits will be organized and covered by the program.

Eligibility Requirement

  • Candidates should be within the age range of 25 to 40.
  • Candidates should possess a primary university degree in law and show the ability to engage in individual scientific research, study, and training.
  • Applicants must be:
  • Government officials at the junior to mid-level working in an administration or government agency involved in ocean affairs, maritime matters, and associated legal matters; or
  • Researchers affiliated with an institute (academic or government) focusing on ocean-related or maritime matters and associated legal matters.
  • The organization or institution nominating the candidate must specify the responsibilities carried out by the candidate and describe how the training program will positively impact the institution or state.
  • Candidates are required to have a strong command of one of the Tribunal’s official languages (English or French) and a basic understanding of the other language. The majority of the Program’s sessions and events are conducted in English.

How To Apply For Itlos – Nippon Foundation Capacity Building And Training Programme For Junior To Mid-Level Government Officials and Researchers 20

For an application to be processed, the following documents must be submitted:

  • The applicant should complete, sign, and submit the Fellowship Application Form
  • The nominating agency is required to fill out, sign, and directly submit the Nomination Form. The form must be typed.
  • For government officials, the nominating agency should be a pertinent governmental organization. For researchers, the nominating agency may be the affiliated university’s institute or academic department.
  • Nominating agencies are encouraged to submit two sets of the Nomination Form:
    • One scanned version of the signed original;
    • One electronic version.
  • All nomination forms are to be sent either by email or by fax… kindly check the official website for the specified mail and fax address.

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