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. During 2012–2013, two rounds of ACCFP Fellowships were awarded.

ACCFP Fellows receive small grants that enable them to visit other institutions – “Host Institutions” – where they collaborate with mentors to implement individually-designed projects. Current Fellowship types include: Adaptation Science Fellowships, Adaptation Policy Fellowships, and Adaptation Teaching Fellowships

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.

The next phase of the ACCFP will include additional rounds of 6-to-12-month Fellowship awards as well as intensive adaptation short courses for practitioners and graduate students. 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)

Workshop to Assess Needs and Opportunities

ACCFP Fellowships Round 1 (2008)

ACCFP Fellowships Rounds 2 (2011)
ACCFP Fellowships Round 3 (2012)

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). For additional information about the ACCFP, please visit or contact Clark Seipt (

Last Updated on March 3rd, 2014