Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership Postgraduate Scholarships 2021

The Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership (SACFP) invites postgraduates to apply for scholarships that will begin in February 2021. The call for scholarships seeks to offer four postgraduate students to undertake research-based degrees focused on climate finance.

The Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership (SACFP) is a multi-country, knowledge- sharing and capacity enhancement platform for southern African countries seeking to access catalytic sources of international climate finance in order to mobilise investments into low-emissions, climate-resilient development in the region. The SACFP began in 2016 and has steadily grown into a community of practice for climate finance practitioners seeking to drive innovation through shared learning.

The SACFP is facilitated by SouthSouthNorth (SSN), a South African based non-profit company, and the third phase of the programme (2020-2023) is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The SACFP is offering scholarships to 4 postgraduate students to undertake postgraduate research-based degrees focused on climate finance.

Worth of Award

  • The value of the master’s scholarship award is ZAR 117 000 pp/pa.
  • The PhD scholarship award will be calculated based on the eligible expenses of the field of study.
  • The scholarship will run for 2 years for Masters candidates and 3 years for PhD candidates starting in February 2021.
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  • Completed an Honours and/or Masters degree in related fields such as economics, natural resources management, finance, geography, or development studies within the last 5 years.
  • Must independently secure university admission prior to the scholarship being awarded.
  • The MSc or PhD thesis topic must be related to climate finance and approved by the SACFP Principal Investigator.
  • A minimum research output of two publications from the PhD candidate, and at least 1 publication from the Master’s candidates to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.
  • The student will be co-supervised by the SACFP Principal Investigator, in addition to an academic supervisor at the university.
  • Preference will be given to SADC citizens and permanent residents

How to Apply

To apply for the scholarships, please complete this Google Form.

Only applications received via the google form will be considered.

The following documents are required:

  • A comprehensive CV showing previous research experience.
  • A motivation letter explaining why you want to join the programme and your research interests.
  • Up to two reference letters with a preference for at least one letter to be from an academic.
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Deadline: Closing date for applications is midnight (11:59 pm Central African Time) November 30, 2020. The project reserves the right not to make an award(s).


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