The inception meeting for the 3rd phase of the African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP) took place at the Kunduchi Beach Hotel & Resort in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Sep 21-22 2015. ACCFP, a capacity building program that offers experiential learning, education and research and training opportunities in adaptation to young African scholars and professionals, is implemented by IRA-USDM in collaboration with START and funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC). The event offered opportunities for the fellows to present their proposals – the fellows were also given training on scientific writing and present findings to a broader audience by ChipoMubuya, MzimeMurisa, and Nicolas Ozor, former ACCFP fellows that are now experts in their fields. Furthermore, the meeting provided networking opportunities to new and old ACCFP alumni, as well as representatives from host and home countries.