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Grants and opportunities
The ClimDev-Africa program aims to address the challenges associated with climate data and information in Africa. The Clim-Dev Special Fund (CDSP) currently welcomes applications for grants ranging from €200 thousand and €400 thousand. Proposed activities and projects should fall into one or more of the following categories:  (i) Generate and disseminate high-quality climate information for Africa; (ii) Enhance capacity at policy levels for climate information to become integrated in development programs; and/or (iii) Implement pilot adaptation activities that demonstrate the value of mainstreaming climate considerations in development.  Eligibility for grants extends to African institutions, organizations, and agencies, including civil society organizations that have experience and credibility in the identified subject areas.   The deadline for applications is 30 November 2014.  
 
The African Climate Change Fellowships Program is jointly supported by Canada's International Development Research Center, the Institute of Resource Assessment at the University of Dar Es Salaam, and START. It offers experiential learning, education, and training opportunities for African educators and graduate students on the subject of climate change adaptation in Africa. The ACCFP invites applications for three types of fellowships.  The deadline for applications (English, French) is 31 December 2014.    
 
With funding from the government of Japan, UNESCO announces the current cycle of the Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships.  The program is open to post-graduate researchers no older than age 40 who wish to pursue research work abroad (preferably in their own region) in any of four specific fields. These fields include environment -- with particular emphasis on water sciences, water issues, climate change, and engineering capacity building. Applications are invited from eligible countries in Africa, the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe and Eurasia.  Priority is for women candidates, Candidates from least-developed countries, and candidates from Africa. Grants are a maximum of US$10 thousand.  The application deadline is 26 December 2014.  
 
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program offers short-term fellowships to African-born academics at universities in the USA and Canada to collaborate with African universities in research, curriculum co-development, and/or graduate student training. Project requests to host scholars are submitted online by African higher education institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Scholars whose discipline and expertise fit the activities and objectives proposed in a project request may be matched with the project. Scholars need to apply by 8 December 2014
 
Sida funds short-term training in selected development topics for participants from developing countries. The Global program includes courses in the following subject areas among others in year 2015: (i) Efficient energy use and planning, with application deadline 15 January 2015; and (ii) Integrated sustainable coastal development, with application deadline 9 February 2015. Information about course content and eligibility are included with each course description. Note: Interested individuals should follow the website for additional courses that may be announced, including at regional levels.
 
The Volvo Environment Prize is for innovations which in broad terms fall within the environmental field. The Volvo Environment Prize Foundation invites universities, research institutes, scientists, engineers, as well as other individuals and organizations to submit nominations. Priority is given to an individual or to a group of named individuals. Past laureates have included leaders in fields such as global change, biodiversity, energy efficiency, and others. The Prize consists of a diploma, sculpture, and cash award for SEK 1.5 million. The next deadline for nominations is 10 January 2015
 
CARIBU is an Erasmus Mundus program to increase academic mobility, research, and capacity building between participating universities in the EU with partner universities and research institutes in the following ACP countries: Bahamas, Cameroon, Dem Rep Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Mozambique, Samoa, Suriname, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, and Uganda. Priority fields include agriculture and environment, among others. The call for applications closes 31 January 2015
 
SEARCA announces the second call for proposals of the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) Strategic Response Fund. The ASFN offers grants, training scholarships, and project development assistance related to food insecurity, poverty, and climate change in ASEAN member states. Grants are up to US$15 thousand for single-country projects, and up to US$30 thousand for multi-country projects. Additionally, ASFN funds participation in relevant training programs through training grants up to US$2 thousand. Proposals are invited from ASFN Leaders and Focal Points in any of the ASEAN member states or their implementing institutions, organizations, or individuals. The application deadline is 15 December 2014
 
The Nestlé Foundation supports research in human nutrition in low-income and lower middle-income countries. In relation to agriculture, the Foundation will consider research on food policy, food production, and food technology if the intervention has high potential for sustainable improvement of nutritional status. The Foundation offers training grants, pilot grants, and full project grants.  Priority is for proposals submitted by researchers in developing countries, or jointly with partners in developed countries.  Letters of intent can be submitted at any time. The deadlines for full applications are 10 January 2015 and 10 May 2015
 
The program "Wildlife Without Borders" includes a regional component for Africa. Funding in 2015 will focus on projects that impact wildlife populations in the following countries: Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, Dem Rep Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, and São Tomé and Príncipe. The announcement defines themes by country, sub-region, and wildlife species.  Applications are open to qualified individuals; multi-national secretariats; institutions of higher education; and nonprofit NGOs. The application deadline is 15 January 2015
 
The International Osprey Foundation (TIOF) makes grants for research on ospreys, although TIOF will also consider research related to other raptors.  There are no geographical limitations.  Grant seekers should contact the Foundation with a short description of the proposed project and a budget.  The application deadline is 31 January 2015
 
The OSME's Conservation and Research Fund makes grants to support bird research in the Middle East, Caucasus, and Central Asia. The Fund supports projects benefiting species and habitats, especially Globally Threatened and Near Threatened birds, and sites important for bird conservation (Important Bird Areas) in the OSME region. Grants average about £500 to £1000.  The submission deadlines are 31 January; 31 May; and 30 September of each year
 
The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service administers the Pacific Islands Region Marine Turtle Management Program. The program makes grants for conservation, protection, and management of endangered sea turtle species in the Pacific region:  leatherback, hawksbill, North and South Pacific loggerhead (distinct population segments), green, and olive ridley  The program is open to applicants in the U.S. and internationally. The deadline for proposals is 15 February 2015
 
The RRF offers seven categories of grants and awards to members and non-members of RRF. Each award or grant has different submission requirements and deadlines. The Amadon, Tully, and Brown grants support raptor research internationally. Past grants include several on raptors in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Grants in these categories range from US$500 to US$1,400. Applications are due 30 June of each year.
 
The Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa (MCFEA) makes grants for environmental conservation, environmental education and research, and the relief of poverty.  A special priority is projects that combine conservation with the economic and social development of local communities.  Grants are to organizations for one year. The application deadline is 31 March 2015.
 
The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science funds graduate students admitted to masters programs at Sciences Po in France. Specifically, the KFAS will support eligible candidates admitted to the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po, and who choose the Master in International Energy.  The scholarship is for two years of study in an amount up to €10 thousand per year.  All nationalities are invited to apply. The application deadline is 8 February 2015.  
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