There is critical need to train more individuals and institutions through the ACCFP. Over a decade long sustained engagement, approximately 1000 individuals could be trained and engaged in a network of professionals. These individuals, together with their strengthened Home and Host Institutions, would be the critical mass necessary to effectively engage African governments and communities in dynamic actions to cope with challenges of changing climate and sustaining adaptation for sustainability and resilience. Since its inception, ACCFP has created an active and engaged community of individuals and institutions dedicated to building scientific capacity in Africa to address threats from climate change. For the past five years ACCFP has succeeded in preparing a cadre of well-educated and well-trained adaptation specialists that are now stationed across institutions, regions, languages and interests.In Phase III, ACCFP wishes to strengthen capacities of early to mid-career African professionals in cl mate change science, education and policy in support of Africa efforts to cope with climate variability and change, and reduce vulnerability of the continent. Project specific objectives includes;

  1. Advance understanding and support additional research on key thematic climate issues to inform policy and practice in Africa, with a particular focus on water resources, gender dynamics, green growth and economic analyses of adaptation, supporting 18 science and 12 policy fellowships;
  2. Strengthen institutional and individual capacities in climate change teaching in African universities for delivering a fee-based short course for adaptation practitioners;
  3. Support and advance existing networks of ACCFP and provide fora for knowledge exchange among researchers and policy actors in Africa working in partnership with key policy institutions; and
  4. Facilitate a gradual transition from donor funding support towards self-reliance, building the foundations for significant level of financial and program sustainability for the ACCFP Secretariat within IRA

A total of 30 individual Fellowships will be supported by the ACCFP in this phase under Science and Policy Fellowships.Program applicants are invited to choose the ACCFP Fellowship type that is most appropriate to the proposed work and to their institutional affiliation and interests The Fellowships will be awarded as follows:

  • 12 Adaptation Policy Fellowships
  • 18 Adaptation Science Fellowships

To learn more about each type of Fellowship, click here.The thematic areas targeted for ACCFP III includes

  • Climate Change and Water

ACCFP will support research on but not limited to 1. Climate change impacts on, water resources and water development infrastructure; 2. Downscaled climate change scenarios in the context of water resources (to address the issues of inconsistent and contrasting future rainfall scenarios and consequently the effects of climate change on the water resources); 3. The role of policies, regulations, knowledge tools and technologies in enhancing efficiency and equity of water services and 4. Adaptation and adaptive capacities of communities and institutions 5. Uncertainties associated with climate change impact assessment on water resources


  • Climate Change and Gender

ACCFP will consider awards for research on but not limited to;1. Climate-smart actions that take gender issues into account, 2. Men and women’s adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change and variability, 3. How marginalized groups could be allowed to better make decisions on how to adapt to climate change.


  • Climate Change and Green Growth and;

In this thematic area, ACCFP will support research on (1) Renewable energy (issues to consider include but are not limited to; availability and access to clean and affordable energy; clean energy and water; significant environmental and social implications etc.), (2) Urban sector issues (pollution, waste management etc.) and (3) Natural resource exploitation (natural resource management, governance, resource efficiency and sustainability).


  • Economic Analysis of Adaptation Options

ACCFP will in Phase III consider research targeting among other issues 1. The exploration and further development of economic assessment methods to support decision-making in adaptation to climate change 2. Providing the evidence of costs and benefits of adaptation options to facilitate decision-making.

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