Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE)

Theme: Global challenges
Call 1 Derkyi 1 Farmers Utilising A Zaï Farming Technique During CIRCLE Research Uptake Activity Carried Out By Cohort 1 CVF Dr Mercy Derkyi

The CIRCLE programme works to strengthen climate change research within sub-Saharan Africa through an innovative dual approach: supporting individual academics to undertake research, while also working with universities to improve their capacity to support and promote quality research.

By doing this, CIRCLE enables African researchers to develop relevant local solutions and improve research uptake, which directly contributes to local, national and regional policy agendas.

CIRCLE Visiting Fellowships

CIRCLE Visiting Fellowships support Master’s and PhD level researchers to spend 12 months at another institution to further develop their research and expertise on the impact of climate change across Africa.

Between 2014-2017, 100 fellowships were awarded to 39 Master’s-qualified researchers and 61 PhD-qualified researchers – with exactly 50% of awards made to female academics.

Fellows research a range of multidisciplinary issues, including: water, energy, aquaculture, fisheries and marine biology, agricultural science, environment and forests, rural livelihoods and socioeconomic aspects of agriculture, and other social sciences.

The ACU worked in partnership with The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) to deliver these fellowships.

Institutional Strengthening Programme (ISP)

The Institutional Strengthening Programme (ISP) aims to:

  • enhance professional development support for early career academic staff
  • develop stronger institutional frameworks for supporting research, both in general and with reference to climate change

31 research institutions across 9 African countries are participating in the ISP.

A total of 18 institutions received awards to deliver a range of activities, including workshops on mentoring, career development planning and the Vitae Researcher Development Framework.

The ISP is managed by the ACU in partnership with Vitae.

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Theme: Global challenges