Submission Deadline: September 1st 2015
The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is an initiative of nine African universities, four African research institutes, and select northern partners. CARTA offers an innovative model for doctoral training in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen the capacity of participating institutions to conduct and lead internationally-competitive research.
- The multi-disciplinary CARTA program is open to staff of participating institutions who are interested in conducting their PhD research on topics relevant to the broad fields of public and population health.
- Applications are welcomed from disciplines, such as public health, demography, anthropology, communication, and economics, among others, as long as the research question aims to contribute to public and population health issues.
- A Masters degree in a relevant field.
- Prior admission into a PhD program is not required for application but awards are contingent on such admission being obtained at one of the participating African universities.
- Applicants for this program must be teaching or research staff at one of the participating African institutions and should be committed to contributing towards building capacity at their institutions.
- Applicants’ PhD research proposal must be related to public and population health or to sexuality studies.
- Fellowships are only open to people who have not yet registered for a PhD or are in the very early stages (first year) of the PhD program.
- Applicants must commit to participation in all four annual residential Joint Advanced Seminars (JASes), and to engage in inter-seminar activities designed to keep fellows actively engaged and in continual communication with peers and mentors.
- Male applicants must be under the age of 40 years and female applicants under the age 45 years
Participating African Universities
- Makerere University, Uganda.
- Moi University, Kenya.
- University of Rwanda, Rwanda.
- Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.
- University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
- University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
- University of Malawi, Malawi.
- University of Nairobi, Kenya.
- University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Participating Research Institutes
- African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya.
- Agincourt Health and Population Unit, South Africa.
- Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Tanzania
- KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya.
- Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR), University of Toronto, Canada.
- Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Switzerland.
- University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
- University of Umea, Sweden.
- University of Warwick, UK.
- The Fellowship, which is tenable at one of the participating African universities, includes the cost of fellows’ participation in the advanced seminars; a modest monthly stipend; small grants for research activities; a laptop loaded with relevant software; funds for travel to conferences, as well as costs for participating in joint program activities.
- The fellowship runs for a maximum of four years. Fellowships cover tuition fees, medical insurance, and other university fees in special circumstances only.
- Partner institutions have committed to continue paying Fellows’ salaries (or equivalent) and to modify workloads for the fellows to enable them to fully participate in CARTA organized activities pertaining to their PhD program and also to concentrate on their PhD studies
- Contact the CARTA focal person) at your institution to discuss your interest and obtain application materials. Application forms may also be downloaded from the CARTA website (www.cartafrica.org)
- Submit your application to the local CARTA committee in your institution (also email a copy of all application materials to email@example.com ), which will conduct the initial screening process and submit successful applications to the CARTA secretariat. The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2015.
- If successful at the university selection level, the CARTA secretariat will inform and contact you to proceed to the next level
- Successful applicants at the university selection level will be expected to: Complete an online-based pre-JAS, Part I tasksSend a full application to the CARTA secretariat. The deadline for submission of the full application is October 15, 2015.
- A competency course (October 1, 2015 – October 15, 2015)
- Final fellowship decision, which is independent of the university application, will be communicated by CARTA secretariat by December 1, 2015.
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