Application Deadline:July 31st, 2020 (11:59 pm CET).

Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) were key to adopting the 2015 Paris Agreement, which outlines national goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and identifies financial needs for mitigation and adaptation efforts. Most mitigation and adaptation contributions outlined in the NDCs of developing countries are based upon receiving international support. While support from the international community has addressed some capacity gaps, many conditional NDCs of low-income countries have finance, capacity-building, and technological needs. Recipient countries are hindered by the lack of accurate monitoring of climate finance flows, which prevents them from making more informed decisions about planning, prioritization, allocation of climate change resources, and measuring and evaluating progress.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc, the world’s energies are rightly focused on efforts to contain the virus and manage the economic fallout. Yet, in the background, the climate emergency remains as urgent as ever. Climate change vulnerabilities, especially in developing coutries, continue to exacerbate the impacts of the COVDI-19. In the coming weeks and months, resources will be directed to support economic recovery programmes as well as more resilient development planning and risk preparedness. In this, Governments have the chance to tailor their recovery programmes to invest in the reduction of emissions and climate-resilient development. There is an opportunity for developing countries especially in Africa to renew actions towards meeting their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and for the world to achieve the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement.


Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are central to achieving the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement. NDCs embody each country’s efforts to address climate change. NDC-FFP, funded by the International Development Research Institute (IDRC), supports, promotes and trains exceptional individuals from policy and research who are interested in further:

  • enhancing their knowledge and skills on financing NDCs,
  • to build leadership in NDC finance for enhanced sharing of knowledge and good practices,
  • contributing to webinars, blogs, publications, reports and journal articles on NDC finance,
  • continuous online discussions, network opportunities and access to international professional networks of peers and leaders in climate change and finance.
  • Promote dialogue and peer learning among researchers and policymakers on best practices on NDC financing

Eligibility Requirements

  • NDC-FFP supports, promotes and trains exceptional citizen or individuals working from Sub-Saharan Africa (applications from English- or French-speaking Lusophone candidates are also welcomed) from research and policy.
  • For the first cohort, applicants should be proficient in English (both written and oral).


  • Fellows are offered on-site and online training, webinars, workshops, and events in Frankfurt (Germany) and Nairobi (Kenya). The programme aims to empower the participants to learn about different ways to finance commitments mentioned in the submitted NDCs, to meet and exchange with other fellows and exchange with policy experts and researchers working in the field of NDC finance.
  • The fellowship programme is divided into two cohorts, the first in English (September 2020 – August 2021) and the second in French (March 2021 – February 2022). In June 2022, there will be a joint final Summit.
  • Up to 50 scholarships for a six-months e-learning certification course on Financing NDCs (Certified Expert in Financing NDCs)
  • Best performing 20 candidates qualify for further training and workshops during on-site events on emerging topics and leadership skills in Frankfurt and Nairobi.
  • 2-months internship for one researcher per cohort
  • Guidance by internationally recognised trainers and experts in NDC finance
  • Regular dialogue sessions and peer learning thorugh the Africa Research and Impact Network (ARIN) webinars

How to Apply

Your application must be submitted online using the NDC-FFP application form (please find the links below). Only complete applications in English will be considered and consist of the following:

  • Filled online application form in the English language
  • Curriculum vitae of not more than 5 pages listing experiences and publications where necessary
  • Certificates and letters of reference (of scholarships, employment etc.)
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Letter of secondment (if necessary)
  • Motivation statement indicating your interest in the programme and commitment to take responsibility and to stay with the programme.

Additionally for Research track: Research Proposal submitted under one of the four topics, including a description of your research questions, conceptual framework, methodology, expected contribution, timeline and budget (*Please use the provided research proposal template only and read carefully the questions and instructions. You can download the template after the registration through the link below).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Financing Fellowship Programme 2020

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