A limited number of fellowships to provide financial support to students are given each year by a range of international donors. These fellowship awards are aimed at capacity building in developing countries, and the majority are given on a bilateral – government-to-government – basis. Candidates cannot apply for funding personally; their employer must apply.

The donors have indicated that they will support only candidates who are employed by their national governments, and that priority will be given to the least developed countries. It is expected that applicants will be aged under 40. Specific donors have additional requirements and preferences. For example, they may support women, or candidates from a specific region or range of countries.

In addition, a limited number of Sasakawa Fellowships are open to government employees from developing countries. The Sasakawa Fellowship Awards Committee is looking for well qualified candidates with a strong academic and professional record, and aged between 25 and 40. Interested applicants should apply for admission to the University, and in tandem, should submit an Application for Financial Support from their organizations, plus a Sasakawa Fellowship Motivational Statement, completed by the candidate. It is essential that both these forms are completed in detail and with reference to the University’s Academic Handbook and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation’s web site: https://www.spf.org/e/ Complete applications must be sent to the University by the end of January in the year of entry.

Some fellowships cover the cost of a full fellowship, and may or may not cover the additional cost of the English & Study Skills Programme. Others provide only the University Fee.

The fellowships are allocated by the donors' selection boards, not WMU. All aspects of the candidates’ records are taken into account – qualifications, professional track record, English language test score, etc. – and several donors also require applicants to complete a motivational statement.  It is essential that applicants seeking financial support complete the appropriate forms as fully and clearly as possible.  

The candidates’ employers are expected to complete the application for funding in great detail with a full account of the candidate and the anticipated effect of a WMU education. After graduation, successful applicants are expected to return to their sending organization and to be committed for some years. The employer is expected to pay the salary of their staff member throughout their studies at WMU, to provide a plane ticket to Sweden, and to utilize the student effectively after graduation. Employers should not put an applicant forward for funding unless they have given careful consideration to his/her suitability to join the WMU programme and have clear plans for how the graduate will be utlilized in the future.

There are generally at least six well-qualified applicants for each fellowship award meaning there is significant competition; not all who apply will receive fellowships.

Fellowship donors to students in the Class of 2019 include:

  The Nippon Foundation of Japan 
  International Maritime Organization
  International Chamber of Shipping 
  Government of Germany
  Government of The Netherlands 
  Government of Norway 
  Government of the Republic of Korea
  Government of Singapore
  Government of the United Kingdom
  ITF Seafarers' Trust 
  TK Foundation 
  Orients Fond
  Stena Rederi AB
  Busan Port Authority
  Gard AS

All contact with donors is made by WMU on behalf of candidates. The donors have indicated that applicants should not contact them directly. All submissions for fellowships must be made to WMU.

* special motivational statements required


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