2015 IDRC African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP), Africa

International Development Research Centre-Canada (IDRC) is offering African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP) for African graduate students, early to mid-career professionals and scientific researchers. ACCFP applications are particularly encouraged from women and traditionally under-represented regions and countries in Africa. There are two types of fellowships: up to 18 Adaptation Science Fellowships and up to 12 Adaptation Policy Fellowships are available. Fellowships awarded for 2015 will range from six to twelve months in duration with maximum award amounts from $2,000 – $14,000 USD, depending on Fellowship type. The application deadline is 30th January 2015.. Advancing climate change fellowship program (ACCFP) offers experiential learning, education, and research and training opportunities to African professionals, researchers and graduate students to build their capabilities for advancing and applying knowledge for climate change adaptation in Africa. ACCFP is jointly administered by the Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA) of the University of Dares Salaam and START International, Inc. (START).The ACCFP Secretariat, based at IRA, is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for fellowships on climate change adaptation in Africa. Two types of fellows are available: . Fellowships are available to graduate students, early to mid-career professionals and scientific researchers.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Fellowships are awarded to conduct climate change adaptation research. Fellowships address the climate change impacts and adaptation across spatial scales, based on case studies from across the African continent.
Who can apply to this scholarship? All ACCFP applications must meet the following general eligibility criteria:
· Applicant must be a citizen of an African nation;
· Applicant must be age 40 years or less as of 31 December 2014;
· Proposed Fellowship project and activities must be clearly related to, and likely to advance, climate change adaptation in Africa within the thematic focus area selected; and
· All application materials must be complete and received by the ACCFP Secretariat on or before the application deadline. ACCFP applicants must also meet the criteria specified below for the Fellowship type that they select. Prospective Adaptation Policy Fellows must:
· Have a Master’s or Doctorate degree or a Bachelor’s degree plus 2 or more years professional experience related to policy, planning or management of climate sensitive resources, sectors, systems or livelihoods.
· Be working (currently) in an organization that influences or has the potential to influence policy and decision
· making in climate
· sensitive sectors in Africa; and
· Submit an Institutional Support Form (part of the application materials – see below) that confirms the applicant’s Home Institution’s formal endorsement of his or her participation in the ACCFP and its commitment to involve the applicant in climate change related work after the Fellowship experience. Prospective Adaptation Science Fellows must:
· (For Post
· Doctoral Scientists): Have completed a PhD degree by 31 December 2014 and Clearly describe plans for work following the Fellowship experience that will enable them to expand, improve and make more effective their personal contributions advancing climate change adaptation in Africa (For Doctoral Students): Be enrolled in a doctoral program at an African university; Have successfully defended his or her dissertation proposal and be actively involved in dissertation research that is related to climate change risks and adaptation at the time of this application; Clearly define the specific component of the research that will be supported by the ACCFP Fellowship and explain how the supported activities improve the overall scientific quality of the research and the utility of the research for climate change adaptation; Propose work to be carried out in partnership with a Host Institution that is not the candidate’s Home Institution (i.e., Fellowships may not be used to support work that is done at the university at which the applicant will earn the doctoral degree); and Submit an Institutional Support Form (part of the application materials – see below) that confirms the applicant’s Home Institution’s formal endorsement of his or her participation in the ACCFP and its commitment to involve the applicant in climate change related work after the Fellowship experience. (For Masters applicants)
· Be registered for a relevant Master’s degree and have
· or more years professional experience related to climate risk assessment and adaptation or more broadly,
· adaptation to environmental change;
· Be employed by and currently working in an institution or organization where climate change risk, vulnerability and adaptation research is conducted;
· Propose a research project based on clearly defined and targeted tasks that can be completed within the Fellowship period;
· Propose work in partnership with and in residence at an appropriate ACCFP Host Institution that is not the candidate’s Home Institution (i.e., Fellowships may not be used to support work that is done in residence at the candidate’s current institution); and
· Submit a signed Institutional Support Form that confirms the applicant’s Home Institution’s formal endorsement of his or her participation in the ACCFP and its commitment to involve the applicant in climate change related work after the Fellowship experience
Benefits of the scholarship: Fellowships awarded for 2015 will range from six to twelve months in duration with maximum award amounts from $2,000 – $14,000 USD, depending on Fellowship type. -Adaptation Science Fellowships: Postdoctoral and doctoral stage Fellows will receive up to USD 14,000 to conduct research for up to a year, while Masters stage Fellows will receive up to USD 10 000 to conduct research for up to a year. An administrative fee of no more than USD 2,000 will be provided to host institutions to support recovery of administrative costs. -Adaptation Policy Fellowships: Fellows’ will receive full travel support from the ACCFP for participation in the training institute (i.e., round-trip economy airfare, accommodations, meals and incidentals). Each Fellow will then be awarded up to USD 1,500 to conduct desk-based research and initiate the process of engaging policy makers in various ways over a four month period, under the supervision of a mentor. An honorarium of USD 1,000 will be given to Fellows on successful completion of their projects. Please, remember that Policy Fellows do not have hosts- they do their projects at their Home Institutions.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: Fellowships awarded for 2015 will range from six to twelve months in duration.
Number of scholarships: Science fellowships will be provided to a total of 18 individuals in 2015. Approximately 7 of these will be awarded to Postdoctoral scientists who are based in African institutions and who are working on relevant research. Approximately 7 will be awarded to doctoral scientists and approximately 4 to Masters Students, both of which must be enrolled in and conducting research related to climate change and adaptation as part of a Doctoral and Master’s Program at an African university. ACCFP will support 12 Adaptation Policy Fellows.

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