The African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP) supports African professionals, researchers, educators and graduate students to undertake activities that enhance their capacities for advancing and applying knowledge for climate change adaptation in Africa. Participating Fellows receive small grants that enable them to visit other institutions – “Host Institutions” – where they collaborate with mentors to implement individually-designed projects that, for example, assess and prioritize climate risks, investigate current practices for designing and implementing adaptation projects, consider approaches for integrating adaptation with planning and practice and/or develop and implement curriculum that promotes integration of climate change and climate change adaptation into graduate level education. Alumni of the program represent a cadre of climate change specialists who are promoting and facilitating adaptation research, education, and decision making across Africa. During 2012–2013, two rounds of ACCFP Fellowships were awarded.
Since the program’s inception in 2008, two phases of ACCFP have been implemented where, more than 90 ACCFP Fellows have been matched with universities, research centers, and other host institutions across Africa where they collaborate with mentors to implement individually designed projects. ACCFP Fellows also participate in periodic program workshops and seminars that offer opportunities for them to interact face-to-face with each other and program staff and challenge them to step “outside the box” in considering the role and potential contributions of their individual work within broader efforts to address climate change adaptation challenges in Africa.
In Phase III, ACCFP wishes to strengthen capacities of early to mid-career African professionals in climate change science, education and policy in support of Africa’s efforts to cope with climate variability and change, and reduce vulnerability of the continent. In this phase ACCFP will implement additional rounds of 6-to-12-month Fellowship awards as well as intensive adaptation short courses for practitioners and graduate students.Current Fellowship types include: Adaptation Science Fellowships, Adaptation Policy Advanced Institute, and adaptation science short courses for practitioners and graduate students.
The Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) program currently provides financial support for the ACCFP. CCAA is jointly funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).