African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP)

The African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP) program promotes innovative adaptation research in Africa. Alumni of the program represent a cadre of climate change specialists who are promoting and facilitating adaptation research, education, and decision making across Africa.

Since the program’s inception in 2008, nearly 100 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 that, for example, assess and prioritize climate risks, investigate current practices for designing and implementing adaptation actions, and consider approaches for integrating adaptation with planning and practice. Learn more about how ACCFP links individuals and institutions.

Current Fellowship types include Adaptation Science Fellowships and Adaptation Policy Fellowships. ACCFP Science Fellows receive small grants that enable them to visit other institutions – “Host Institutions” – where they collaborate with mentors to implement individually-designed projects. Adaptation Policy Fellows participate in an Adaptation Policy Training Institute and receive a small grant to conduct a follow-on project that uses the knowledge gained during the training.

All ACCFP Fellows participate in periodic workshops and training sessions that add value to the research experience. Such activities challenge Fellows 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.

The ACCFP is unique in that it offers Fellowships to not only researchers, scientists, and academics but also to professionals directly responsible for decision making and management of climate-sensitive resources. The rich mix of perspectives, interests, and responsibilities that characterize ACCFP Fellows and the institutions that support them engenders an engaged community dedicated to building scientific capacity in Africa to manage climate change risks. ACCFP projects are directly supporting adaptation decision making, and many program participants collaborate even after their initial ACCFP engagements.

ACCFP offers its third phase of Fellowship awards in 2015. Day-to-day management of the ACCFP is now led by the ACCFP Secretariat based at the Institute of Resource Assessment at the University of Dar Es Salaam (IRA-UDSM). For more information about current Fellowship opportunities, click here.

Workshop to Assess Needs and Opportunities

ACCFP Fellowships Phase 1 (2008-2010)

ACCFP Fellowships Phase 2 (2011-2013)
ACCFP Fellowships Phase 3 (2015-2016)

The 2015 phase of ACCFP Fellowships is supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. Phases 1 and 2 of the program were supported by the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) program. CCAA is jointly funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

For additional information about the ACCFP, please visit or contact Sarah Schweizer (

Last Updated on October 7th, 2015