Adaptation Finance Fellowship Programme 2018/2019 (Fully-funded to Thailand and Germany)

Adaptation Finance Fellowship Programme 2018/2019 (Fully-funded to Thailand and Germany)

Deadline: January 31, 2018

Applications are now open for the Adaptation Finance Fellowship Programme (AFFP) 2018/2019. The AFF Programme supports and promotes 18 exceptional individuals from developing and emerging countries who are active in climate adaptation finance, either in the academia, public or private sector.

The programme is open to highly motivated applicants from developing and emerging countries who wish to pursue an academic or professional career in climate adaptation and finance, or who are already working in this field. It is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and implemented by Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI).

Fellowship Tracks

To ensure and encourage stronger links between research, policy and private sector this fellowship programme is aiming at recruiting fellows from each of the three sectors. Fellows will be divided into three tracks. Approximately 18 fellowships (6 per track) will be awarded.

  • Policy Track
  • Business Track
  • Research Track

Fellowship Benefits

Fellowship holders will receive the following benefits from the Programme (subject to change):

  • 18-month comprehensive Fellowship Programme on adaptation finance free of charge1 (September 2018 to February 2020).
  • Participation at one six-month e-learning certification course on Adaptation Finance (September 2018 to February 2019).
  • Participation at the 3 day kick-off workshop taking place in September 2018 Bangkok, Thailand,
  • Participation at the 5 day Summer Academy taking place in mid 2019, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Participation at the 3 day Winter Academy taking place in end of 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (only business track and policy track),
  • Participation at the 3 day final workshop taking place beginning of 2020, Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Participation in a webinar series with opportunity to discuss and present own projects and policies, professional networks of peers and leaders in climate adaptation and finance
  • Research grant of USD 16,000 (only research fellows)

Fellowship holders are encouraged to fulfill the following duties:

  • To be committed in the spirit of the Programme and become a climate ambassador in his or her respective home country and beyond
  • Participate in and complete all events and activities mentioned in the list above
  • Work individually and/or in groups on topics related to adaptation finance, to be set during the programme, with a concrete output (e.g. article, blog entry, policy paper, analysis etc.)
  • Complete the research project according to the submitted research proposal (only research fellows)

Tuition fees, training materials, transport to and from Frankfurt and Bangkok respectively,* facilities, accommodation in a single room (incl. full board) and social activities for all workshops and academies will be covered.
No honorarium will be offered.

*Fellows will have to pay a deposit which will be reimbursed after the successful participation of the full fellowship programme. Transportation has to be financed in advance by the fellows and will be reimbursed against receipt up to a fixed limit.


Apply if:

  • …work in a business or policy related field or if you are a researcher in climate adaptation finance.
  • …are a highly motivated and committed person from a developing / emerging country.
  • …aim for an academic or professional career in adaptation finance.
  • …show a strong commitment to the AFFP, its objective and goals.

General eligibility criteria:

  • Knowledge and relevant work or research experience in climate change, climate change adaptation and/or finance related fields;
  • Proficiency in English (both written and oral)
  • Strong motivation and commitment to take over responsibility and to stay with the programme.

Specific eligibility criteria:

  • Research Track: PhD candidate or a post graduate who has already started his/her dissertation or research on a related topic, or a PhD researcher who is working in the university or public as well as private research institute and action research NGOs. Proposed research must meet research funding criteria set by the AFFP
  • Business Track: Several years of relevant work experience in the private sector, e.g. microfinance, banking and insurance institutions, project developer, risk analysts, CSR, SMEs and NGOs. Work should be related to at least one of the following areas: finance (incl. insurance), climate change, climate change adaptation, natural disaster management, risk assessment, infrastructure, or other environment related areas.
  • Policy Track: Young and mid-career professionals primarily from the public sector. Several years of relevant work experience, e.g. in the following sectors: water, agriculture, infrastructure / settlement sectors or insurances, preferably with a link to finance.


Start your application here.

For more information, visit Adaptation Finance Fellowship Programme.