CIRCLE is a PROGRAMME to develop the skills and research results FOR early career African researchers in the field of climate change.


The AAS and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) are providing a total of 100 scholarships from 40 Postmasters and 60 postdoctoral researchers in Africa to study the impact of climate change over a period of five years.

100 scholarships will be offered in three cohorts. The AAS and the ACU announced the first group of CIRCLE Visiting Fellows (CVF) in 2015 and the second in 2016. The third cohort will be selected in 2017. CVFs will spend a year in another University or research organisation in Africa researching on the impact of climate change in five thematic areas: 

  • Energy 
  • Water
  • Agriculture
  • Political
  • Health and livelihoods.

The programme also works with the participation of African universities and research institutions to strengthen their research systems.

Watch a video from SciDev featuring CIRCLE Visiting Fellows Olawale Emmanuel Olayide and Abiodun Momodu as they talk about the climate change research they are doing in Ghana.

CIRCLE Visiting Fellows

We awarded 34 visiting fellowships for the first cohort of CIRCLE. 




The UK Department for International Development has provided £ 4.85 million for this programme. The AAS implements CIRCLE in partnership with the Association of Commonwealth Universities in the UK.