The Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement in Sub-Saharan Africa (CIRCLE) programme is an initiative of the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (UK) to develop the skills and research output of early career African researchers in the field of climate change and its local impacts on development. The programme ran from late 2014 to early-2018, with cohorts in 2015, 2016 and 2017. CIRCLE is managed and implemented by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the African Academy of Sciences (AAS).
UCT, through the ACDI and the Research Office (specifically the Emerging Researcher Programme) hosted 3 CVFs each year (2015, 2016, 2017). The CVFS were junior academics from other participating universities on the continent. Each CVF was supervised by a UCT academic staff member. Each CVF undertook unique research projects under the broad theme of climate change impacts in Africa. As the tenure of each fellowship is 1 year, the CIRCLE Visiting Fellows were based at UCT until December each year after which they returned to their home institutions, to continue their research.