Adaptation Science Fellowships will be awarded to: · Post-Doctoral scientists working in fields relevant to climate change and climate change adaptation; · Doctoral students currently enrolled in and conducting research related to climate change and adaptation as part of a PhD program at an African university; and/or · Other strong postgraduate candidates (e.g., experienced African professionals within established research institutions, candidates who are registered for a relevant Master’s degree program in a recognized African university) who are interested to carry out innovative research that advances and applies knowledge for climate change adaptation in Africa.
When awarded to a Post-Doctoral candidate, the Adaptation Science Fellowship will enable a recipient to travel to a suitable Host Institution to work under the supervision of an established, highly qualified mentor with the aim of strengthening specific skills in research and/or teaching in regards to climate change and climate change adaptation. For doctoral students, the Adaptation Science Fellowship will support a targeted and clearly defined component or activity of the PhD research by enabling travel to a Host Institution for training in relevant research methodologies or tools, for participation in supervised research and/or for access to data, models or tools that would raise the quality and value of the dissertation results.
Science Fellowship eligibility for other postgraduate applicants is new. The program’s first Call for Proposals (2008) received a substantial number of very strong science-research proposals from applicants who neither had a PhD nor were enrolled in a PhD program (and thus not eligible for Post-Doctoral or Doctoral Research Fellowships). Although opportunities for these applicants were in obvious demand, no mechanism was offered through the ACCFP to support them. The new ACCFP Adaptation Science Fellowships, when awarded to other postgraduate candidates, will support relevant research projects with clearly defined and targeted tasks, to be carried out in residence at an appropriate ACCFP Host Institution.
Adaptation Science Fellowships will have a maximum duration of 6 months and carry an award of up to $15,000 USD, depending on proposed work and appropriateness of the proposed budget. A total of approximately twenty (20) Science Fellowships will be awarded across the next two round of awards.