Early Career Climate Fellowships

Early Career Climate Fellowships

The Fellowship

The African Group of Negotiators Experts Support (AGNES) Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme (ECCF) offers talented young people from Kenya a unique opportunity to start their career at the interface between climate science, policy development and practice with the potential to emerge as next generation leaders. The Fellowship provides the opportunity to build an independent career and be to different working environments of decision making within the climate change learning landscape.

The AGNES through its NDC Delivery Lab working with Partners support this Fellowship. The NDC Delivery Lab is an innovative multi-sectoral approach that ensures the effective translation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) into high impact investments, delivery plans and on-the-ground implementation of climate action. It also provides an excellent opportunity for creative and innovative solutions to address the climate risks.

Aim of the Fellowship

The Fellowship will produce Kenya’s next generation of independent climate leaders well-equipped with a deeper understanding of climate science-policy-practice nexus – an approach critical for addressing contemporary and emerging climate challenges, facing Africa and Kenya, in particular. The Fellowship is aimed at talented Kenyan academically outstanding young graduates with the potential to become climate leaders in their selected field of specialization and provide the opportunity to build an independent career within the climate science-policy-practice interface.

The objectives of the ECCF programme are:

  • Help to ensure that young professionals can contribute to the IPCC processes.

  • Offer young people a unique opportunity to start their career on the climate policy-science practice interface and support implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Paris Agreement and other Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).

  • Promote practical experiential learning for Fellows in climate policy and negotiations and support innovative analytical work through mentorship.

  • Establish mutually beneficial long-term networks of experts that can produce innovative ideas and knowledge exchange that enhance policies, planning and programming of climate actions.

    Duration and Start of Fellowship

  • Fellowship will last for a duration of 6 months (starting: 1st July, 2024, and ending: 31st December, 2024).

  • Fellows will be expected to participate full-time.

  • Number of Fellowships Offered

  • A maximum of 5 fellowships will be awarded.


    This Fellowship is for academically outstanding young professionals who are aspiring to be climate and environmental professionals and leaders in the science-policy-practice nexus. We are looking for individuals who are committed and passionate about working on climate science-policy-practice focused problems. Successful applicants should be talented young Kenyan early career professionals who have the potential to work independently to become climate leaders in their respective field of expertise, and are excited about developing new skills. Applicants from under-represented groups, including women and persons with disabilities (PWDs), are particularly encouraged to apply.

    The applicant must:

  • Be a national of Kenyan of NOT more than 28 years old and a holder of at least a bachelor’s degree or above from any field at the time of application,

  • Be an early career researcher with not more than two years’ since completing their degree, by the time of application,

  • Possess strong communication abilities, both written and verbal. Creative, innovative and critical thinking are essential to participate in the programme.

  • Should be highly motivated to work and ready to learn in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment.

    Applicants who are currently employed are eligible to apply but should provide evidence of their employer’s willingness to grant permission for the duration of the Fellowship. Applicants should display a clear interest in the interface between science, policy, and practice.


    A fellowship stipend will be paid to the selected Fellows as per the AGNES’ Human Resources Manual.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Early Career Climate Fellowships

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