African Climate Change Fellowships Program (ACCFP). Funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Canada) / Department for International Development (DFID, UK). Doctoral Fellowships that follow a split site model, lasting for 12 months or less and carry a maximum award of $16,500 USD, and for those undertaking doctoral research at an African university to enable them to undertake work at a host institution. Funded by IDRC, ACCFP was started in 2007 by the African Academy of Science (AAS) and global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START) and the Institute of Research Assessment (IRA, Dar es Salaam). ACCFP offered experiential learning, education, research and training opportunities to African professionals, researchers and graduate students that enhance their capabilities for advancing and applying knowledge for climate change adaptation in Africa. In 2008 ACCFP approved 45 fellowships (from nearly 300 applications) to candidates from 18 African countries. These fellowships were either focused on policy studies, or on teaching climate change. Fellowships have also been offered to pursue doctoral and postdoctoral studies. In its next two rounds of awards (2011/2012), the ACCFP will offer three types of Fellowships: 1. Adaptation Science Fellowships 2. Adaptation Policy Fellowships 3. Adaptation Teaching Fellowships in partnerships with START and with support from Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA). Seven doctoral researchers are being supported at present according to the ACCFP website.
PhD Thesis Research Awards. Limited number of awards with a maximum value of US$15,000 towards PhD thesis research.
ADDRF - African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships. Fellowships awarded to advanced doctoral students within two years of completing their doctoral thesis at an African university. The fellowships target students in governance, equity, health, sexuality studies, or population-related issues. Aims to facilitate more rigorous engagement of doctoral students in research, to strengthen research skills and to shorten the period it takes to complete the dissertation. 45 fellowships awarded in 2009 across 24 countries. Candidates’ home departments also received facilitation grants to enable them provide effective and timely supervision to the grant recipients and facilitate internal and external reviews of their dissertations.
Research Traineeships. Targets advanced doctoral students who seek to explore or define their thesis projects, or require field experience in Africa. These are short-term practical training fellowships.
Small Grants Programme. For thesis writing, awarded to postgraduates and professionals. Preference given to doctoral students. Also provides recipients with bibliographies, textbooks and journals, and support in research methodologies.
Graduate Fellowships. Intended primarily for national research and extension services (NARES) employees undertaking MSc or PhD studies and who have completed their BSc or MSc or equivalent degree. Awards are for a maximum of three years. For PhD awards university registration before the candidate joins ILRI is strongly preferred, but not essential requirement. The fellows are required to work on a project related to existing ILRI research protocols. Each fellow will have an ILRI supervisor and shall join the institute for a period of 6 to 36 months, depending on the nature of their research and their degree registration. ILRI provides financial support, supervision and research facilities for the period at the institute and also provides supervision and research support for students who come with external funding. Awards are competitive and the selection depends upon the student's academic excellence and their particular research interest. The size of the Graduate Fellow Program is limited by the availability of ILRI supervisors, research facilities and funding.
Sandwich Doctoral Training. This produces highly qualified graduates and prospective researchers who will engage in drug discovery research for social and economic development in South Africa. NRF will provide stipends and research running expenses when doctoral students are based in South Africa, airfares to the US and personal settling-in funds up to a maximum of $500 when traveling to the US.