Climate Research for Alumni and Postdocs in Africa

Deadline: 14 September 2020
Open to: African nationals only
Benefits: fully funded


The DAAD climapAfrica program in cooperation with the climate competence centers SASSCAL and WASCAL aims to foster application- oriented research results to tackle climate change in Southern and Western Africa. The program funds postdoctoral research projects and offers a platform for collaboration in thematic working groups composed of postdoctoral fellows and African alumni of German funding initiatives with expertise in the field of climate research.

Fellows and Alumni experts will increase their research impact and output through a comprehensive training and support program, including general skills training, science policy advising and science management. The working groups serve as a platform to connect with peers, regional and international experts and practitioners and to build a growing professional network across Africa.


– Applicants 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.

Postdoctoral research project in 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.


The fellowship awards are tenable for a period of 12 to 24 months.
This fellowship period begins in February 2021. Please take this date as your starting date for your application.

Value – 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

How to apply?

For obtaining information on how to apply, you must select, first, your African country of origin. Then, you will see the list of documents required.

For more information, please visit the official web page.