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United Nations-Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme 2017

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open22-Jan-2017
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AwardApprox 145,000 yen per month (2 or 3 years)
EligibilityGraduates
RegionAll
Scholarship provider contact details

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
United Nations Office at Vienna 
Vienna International Centre, 
Wagramerstrasse 5, 
A-1220 Vienna 
AUSTRIA 
Phone: +43-1-260 60 4950 
Fax: +43-1-260 60 5830

What is United Nations-Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme 2017?

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Government of Japan in cooperation with the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) have established a United Nations-Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies for nationals of developing countries or non-space-faring nations. The Programme will provide extensive research opportunities up to two students in the Masters course (2 years duration) and up to four students in the Doctorate course (3 years duration). in nano-satellite systems through the use of the nano-satellite development and testing facilities available at Kyutech.

The selected candidates will each receive a grant under Japanese government of about 145,000 yen per month for the duration of their fellowship study (2 or 3 years) to cover housing, food, local transportation, and other expenses (actual scholarship amount is subject to change). Applications for the Fellowship Programme will be accepted until 22 January 2017.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

Applicants should:

  • Be nationals of developing countries or non-space-faring nations (countries without an established substantial capability to develop space technology/launch space objects);
  • Be duly nominated by their institutions;
  • Be born on or after 2 April 1982;
  • Have the academic and professional background required by the specific fellowship programme. Candidates seeking a Master degree are expected to have completed studies ending with a Bachelor Degree or equivalent (4 year university degree) in engineering-related subjects. Candidates seeking a Doctorate degree are expected to have completed studies ending with a Master Degree or equivalent (5 years university degree) in engineering-related subjects. Degrees in different technological fields can be considered by the Doctor Commission;and
  • Be able to make professional use of the experience gained in the fellowship programme.

How can you apply ?

Application can be done by registering online only.

FAQs

In the last section of the Application Form a CERTIFICATION OF KNOWLEDGE OF ENGLISH is requested. Do I need to be tested locally and also submit TOEFL/TOEIC/etc. results?
If selected for the Fellowship you will be asked to provide solid evidence of English language competency from one of internationally acknowledged exams (such as TOEFL, TOEIC, etc., e.g. by providing a copy of your TOEFL iBT score) by the end of June 2016. Therefore, if you have not yet taken such an exam, you should do so at your earliest convenience. If it is difficult or not possible to sit an internationally acknowledged English exam prior to the application deadline, you may temporarily provide an alternative proof of your English language skills, such as an English language certificate, certified by a local English teacher or language institution.

I am expected to graduate sometime in 2017. Am I still eligible to apply for the PNST?
We accept applications as long as the applicant is projected to have the degree by September 2017. However, the applicant will need to show proof of projected degree conferral date, and if selected will also have to show the diploma received before receiving the fellowship in October 2017.

Regarding the topic of my Doctorate or Master thesis, am I restricted to choose something related to nano-satellite?
Space technology is made of many disciplines. You do not have to restrict yourself to choosing a topic too narrowly such as "nano-satellite guidance", "nano-satellite communications", etc. As long as the topic is space related, it has a possibility of being applied to nano-satellite. The important thing is that the thesis topic has suitable academic meaning as a Doctorate or Master thesis. You research topic will be determined via matching between your research interest and the academic disciplines that Kyutech faculty members can offer. We will try to find a supervisor who is able to guide you in the area of your research interest.

Where can I find more information about the research work I could conduct at Kyutech?
Please visit http://cent.ele.kyutech.ac.jp/seic/seic_web.html which provides information about the research programmes at Kyutech, on the subjects of the Space Engineering International Course and on the faculty members and their recent publications. 
You can also find the abstracts of the Master thesis completed at the Laboratory of Spacecraft Environment Interaction Engineering over the past 10 years at http://laplace.ele.kyutech.ac.jp/title-e.html. This information may be helpful for defining your own study proposal.

After a survey of the different researchers at Kyutech I am interested in working with Dr. XXX. My question is if I can apply to the United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies even though I do not have any agreement with any researcher yet?
Yes, of course you can apply! You do not need any pre-agreement with a Kyutech faculty before you apply. After the first round of down-selection, we will work on matching the remaining applicants to a professor at Kyutech. We will consider your interest in working with a particular professor if you pass this first round. Please first register for the PNST programme 2016 and then submit your application package.

Who should sign the "Nomination Form"?
The nomination form shall be signed by the head of the nominating organization. If you are a student right now, the person who signs the form has to be the Dean or higher ranking officer. If you are employed by a company, the person who signs the form has to be the president of your company.If you are neither a student nor employed, please ask the Dean or higher ranking office of the school you attended most recently.

Is it sufficient for the "Referees Report Form" to be signed by the referee or is the seal of the referee's organization also required?
The referee's signature is sufficient, however, for the "Nomination Form" the official seal of the nominating organization is required.

Is it necessary to send the hardcopies of the application forms to PNST?
No, at this stage in the application process this is not necessary. However, please retain the original of the form "Application for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship". In March the short-listed candidates will be contacted and asked to send the original of this form directly to Kyutech.

Can I send additional certificates to support my application?
Yes, you can if you think that it will strengthen your application.

I will apply for the Masters course. Do I have to fill the STATEMENT OF PURPOSE in the PNST2016_Application Form?
Yes, please complete this field if you apply for Masters course as well as if you apply for Doctorate course.

As an applicant do I need any help from my nominating agency during the application process? How is the nominating agency going to know about the progress in the selection process?
It is up to the applicant and and the nominating agency how they wish to relate to each other during the application process. For example, some successful applicants have retained employment with their respective nominating agency, retained the possibility to return to their previous employer, continued to receive support or had coordinated the topic of their theses work with their nominating agency. This is handled differently in each case and so it is up to the applicant and the nominating agency how you would like to handle this. It is also up to the applicant to keep the nominating agency informed about the progress in the application and selection process.

Do I need preparation for an examination to Kyutech?
For Doctoral students the entrance examination to Kyutech is based on documents that candidates submit to PNST when they apply to PNST. For Master students, they may have to undergo an interview. However, as long as the candidates are selected as final PNST candidates it is unlikely to fail the interview. All the application forms are prepared by Kyutech. Candidates must only send the original certificates (diplomas) and the original transcripts by express mail to Kyutech after final selection of PNST.

Terms and Conditions

Administrative arrangements

  • Responsibilities of the nominating institution/government: The nominating institution/government will bear the following costs on behalf of the selected participant: All expenses in the home country for preparing the travel abroad, including passport and visa fees, medical examinations, inoculations, and other miscellaneous items, and domestic travel to and from the international airport of departure, in the home country.
  • Applicants for a fellowship programme should note that the United Nations and the government/institution offering the fellowships will NOT assume responsibility for the following expenditures:
  1. Any costs incurred by dependent(s) or spouse who accompany the participant;
  2. Costs incurred by the participant with respect to travel insurance;
  3. Life insurance and health insurance for the benefit of the participant and his/her accompanying persons for the duration of the fellowship programme study;
  4. Loss or damage of personal property while enrolled in the fellowship programme;
  5. Compensation in the event of death or disability of the participant in connection with his/her enrollment in the fellowship programme;
  6. Any claim toward expenses incurred by participants other than what is specified in the fellowship programme description document.
  • Termination of fellowship: The United Nations, in consultation with the offering government/institutions, reserves the right to terminate the fellowship programme of any participant upon commencement of the study if:
  1. The participant's academic background regarding the subject of the fellowship programme is found to be inadequate; and/or
  2. The participant's knowledge and understanding of the language of the fellowship programme are found to be inadequate to pursue the programme of study; and/or the participant fails to observe proper conduct during the course of the fellowship programme study; and/or the participant withdraws himself/herself from the fellowship programme without any reasonable justification accepted by the offering institution.

In the above cases of fellowship termination, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and offering government/institutions reserve the right to claim from the participant or his/her nominating agency the cost of the air ticket and/or the fellowship grant received prior to the time of termination.

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