Catalyzing Climate Finance for the Southern African Development Community

Call for Postgraduate scholarships in climate finance for Masters (3) and PhD (1) students

About Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership

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 researched-based degrees focused on climate finance.

Conditions for the scholarship awards:

1. Have 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.

2. Must be able to secure university admission independently, before the scholarship is awarded.

3. If already registered in a postgraduate programme, the student must be willing to write their thesis on a topic related to climate finance which is approved by SACFP Principal Investigator and the student advisory committee.

4. Write up their research for publication in a peer-reviewed journal in addition to the academic thesis.

5. The student will be co-supervised by the SACFP Principal Investigator, in addition to an academic supervisor at the university.

6. Applications are open to anyone from the SADC region.

Tenure and value:

The value of the master’s scholarship is ZAR 117 000 pp/pa. The PhD scholarship will be calculated with relevance to the eligible expenses of the field of study. The project will run for 2 years for Masters candidates and 3 years for PhD candidates starting in February 2021.

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.
• Closing date for applications is 30 November 2020.

About SouthSouthNorth

SouthSouthNorth is a non-profit organisation operating from Cape Town, South Africa. SSN assists governments, the private sector and research institutions in understanding the economic, social and environmental choices that climate change presents. The organization collaborates extensively with partners who share our vision of sustainable development. For more information visit: