The goal is to foster application- oriented research results by enhancing knowledge exchange between the postdoctoral fellows and experienced alumni of German funding initiatives. Fellows and alumni will collaborate in joint working groups that encompass several postdoctoral projects in a specific field related to climate change research. The working groups will benefit from the expertise of distinguished German mentors.
Fellows and Alumni will increase their research impact and output through a comprehensive training and support program, including general skills training, science policy advising and science management.
Postdoctoral fellows and alumni will connect with peers, regional and international experts and practitioners in their fields and create a growing network. This community will represent an important voice to raise the awareness for climate change as one of the most pressing issues of our time.

Who can apply?

  • must be nationals of an African Country.
  • should be willing to contribute to the initiation and the coordination of alumni working groups.
  • should be willing to realize their project at a host institution in western or southern Africa.

What can be funded?

ClimapAfrica supports research on climate change, its impacts and possible counter actions. It should be possible to assign the postdoctoral research project to one of the following research areas: Agriculture, (Adapted) Land Use, Climate science, Law, Economic and social science, Mathematics/Natural science, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biodiversity, Food security, Marine Science, Human Security, Education, Energy, Informatics, Water security and water resources, Woodland and forest sustainability. If you are not sure if your research field is fitting, do not hesitate to contact climapafrica@daad.de.

ClimapAfrica can build on the commitment of SASSCAL and WASCAL research centres. Together they cover the spectrum of research disciplines which is addressed by climapAfrica. Both centres declared their willingness to act as host institutions for researchers. Therefore, applications for the countries which are covered by the activities of SASSCAL (Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar) and WASCAL (Bénin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, The Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sénegal, Togo, Cape Verde Islands, Guinea, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone) are encouraged. However, all universities and research institutions in all countries in southern and western Africa are eligible as long as they are adequately equipped for the realization of the planned research. The selected institution should be willing to host the fellow during his/her research stay and to provide adequate assistance. The terms of cooperation at the host institution must have been clarified and documented.
While the research work will be realized largely in western and southern Africa, successful applicants can apply additionally for funding of a temporary research stay in Germany (2-6 months) to work on a specific research question within the framework of their proposal and for worldwide conference participations.

Duration of the funding

The fellowship awards are tenable for a period of maximum 12 months.
Please note, that funding of the 5th scholarship cohort will start 1st March 2022 and end 28th February 2023. Due to the limited project dates, the scholarship cannot be interrupted or rescheduled.


The basic fellowship consists of:
  • A flat-rate travel allowance to your target country and back
  • A research lump sum of max. EUR 10,000
  • A monthly allowance of EUR 800
  • An accident, personal liability and health insurance

Additionally, support for the following activities can be granted (subject to availability of funds):
  • Short-term research stays in Germany (2 to 6 months)
  • Mobility fellowships for the active participation (poster or talk) in relevant international conferences in the field of climate change/ climate Research

Please notice: Funding is subject to the availability of funds.


Applications will be reviewed by an independent selection committee consisting of experts in the relevant fields.

The performance-based assessment will consider:
  • The evaluation of the proposal. Particular emphasis will be placed on the quality of the research plan. It should detail the preliminary work undertaken and the relevance of the topic for research and explain why the chosen institutions are especially suitable for the realization of the planned project. The strategy for the investigation of the scientific problem should be readily understandable and the choice of methods and work equipment be adequately established. The achievements of the applicant to date (scientific and other qualifications, and particular conditions which have influenced the academic progress)
  • The quality of the proposed project and its consistency with further scientific qualification and long-term career planning.
  • The relevance of the research topic for the understanding of climate change, its impacts in Africa and for the development of countermeasures.
  • The fit of the facilities and the support offered by the host institution and the requirements of the research project.
  • The coherence of the applicant’s ideas to start an alumni working group and to accompany it’s activities.

Further information

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