The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) invites applications from staff members from participating institutions who are interested in conducting their PhD research on topics relevant to the broad fields of public and population health to apply for the 2013/14 CARTA Scholarships.
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 welcomes applications from disciplines such as public health, demography, anthropology, economics, among others, as long as the research question aims to contribute to public and population health issues. Women are particularly encouraged to apply as there are up to 25 PhD fellowship offers.
Worth of Awards
The Fellowship, which is tenable at one of the participating African universities, covers the following:

  • 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 the following:

  • 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 programme and also to concentrate on their PhD studies. Fellows are encouraged to seek supplemental funding to cover additional costs of their doctoral program.


  • 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 (JAS), 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
  • 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.

How to Apply

  • 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
  • Submit your application to the local CARTA committee in your institution (also email a copy of all application materials to [email protected]), which will conduct the initial screening process and submit successful applications to the CARTA secretariat.
  • If successful at the university selection level, the CARTA secretarial 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 competency course (June 1, 2013 – July 15, 2013)
  • Send a full application to the CARTA secretariat.
  •  Final fellowship decision, which is independent of the university application, will be communicated by CARTA secretariat by September 30, 2013.

Deadline: The deadline for submission of the full application is July 15, 2013.
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