IGS University of Twente
Research group CSTM

Formulating proposals for low carbon climate resilient development: Designing Green Climate Fund Projects (ICREP)

An introductory course

23 February — 23 June 2017

The aim of the course is to develop participants’ skills in preparing proposals for low carbon climate resilient development in areas such as clean energy access, energy efficiency and adaptation to climate change so that they can mobilise climate finance, particularly from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and catalyse the deployment of climate change solutions in developing countries.

Target group

Participants from backgrounds related to energy, environment and climate change will be admitted, such as: staff from National Designated Authorities (NDAs), staff from Accredited Entities or those seeking accreditation, entrepreneurs, consultants, project developers, government officials, policy advisors, and staff of utility companies and (I)NGOs.

Course objectives

After completion of the course, participants will have gained knowledge and experience related to:

  • Current international policy concerning climate change and clean energy
  • Funding options for low carbon climate resilient development (e.g. clean energy access, adaptation options, technologies for and promoting of energy efficiency)
  • Identifying project opportunities for low carbon climate resilient development
  • Assessing sustainable development impacts
  • Developing implementation strategies
  • Writing bankable and fundable proposals


The course is divided into two parts. Part 1 is an online course of eight modules spread over 16 weeks in which participants, in their own time, undertake reading assignments, watch videos, listen to presentations and complete questions and written assignments. A webinar is held every two weeks to introduce a module and give feedback on the previous module. The assignments include developing a draft concept note for a Green Climate Fund proposal ready for feedback during the residential course. It is estimated that to complete the material participants will need 8 hours per week. All modules of Part 1 must be successfully completed before the start of Part 2 – the two week residential course. Part 2 consists of lectures, including guest lectures from leading specialists, presentations, case studies, discussions, and a site visit. During the course participants work, individually or in pairs, on their draft concept note which will be presented and discussed with feedback on possible areas for improvement.

General information


16 weeks online (start 22 February) through The University of Twente’s Website; 2 weeks residential (12 to 23 June) in Enschede, the Netherlands.

Entrance Requirements

BSc, MSc or equivalent from a recognized university, at least two years of professional experience, and a basic understanding of engineering and economics is necessary. The language requirement is IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). For the on-line component participants must have access to an appropriate internet connection.

Tuition fees

3000 Euro

Living expenses

Estimated total costs for 2 weeks are 1150 Euro which covers accommodation, food, out-of-pocket expenses, and Insurance (Medical and Third Party Liability).


The course organizers will arrange accommodation for the residential part of the course.

Insurance requirements

Attendees must be covered by Health, Accident and Third Party Liability Insurance from the date of arrival in the Netherlands. The course organizers will make the necessary arrangements.


During the residential part of the course, participants will have access to the UT library and an internet connection. Course materials are provided electronically. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop.

Nuffic scholarships

Our short courses have been approved for the Nuffic NFP short course list. If you are admitted to our course you can apply for an NFP fellowship at www.nuffic.nl/nfp. The NFP fellowship application deadline for this course is 30 October 2016.


An administration fee of 500 Euro will be charged for all cancellations not notified at least 30 days prior to the course start date.

Further information and how to apply

Online application is closed.

Online tool for Nuffic scholarships is open from 1 September until 26 October 2016.

Deadline for applications by candidates with own funding is 27 January 2017. Payment must be received before 10 February 2017. 

For questions you can contact our course administration: Mrs. Barbera van Dalm

Phone: +31 (0)53 489 4377

E-mail: cstm-courses@utwente.nl