Call for Application: CARTA PhD Fellowships 2018/2019 (Funding Available)

Call for Application: CARTA PhD Fellowships 2018/2019 (Funding Available)

Deadline: April 15, 2018

Call for application is ongoing for the CARTA PhD Fellowships 2018/2019. The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is an initiative of eight 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 welcome from any discipline, 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 in Africa.

The fellowship runs for a maximum of four years. 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. Fellows are encouraged to seek supplemental funding to cover additional costs of their doctoral program.


The fellowship 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.


  • Applicants should have 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;
  • 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 by April 15, 2018.

Participating African Universities

  • Makerere University, Uganda.
  • Moi University, Kenya.
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.
  • University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • University of Malawi, Malawi.
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya.
  • University of Rwanda, Rwanda.
  • University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.


Contact the CARTA focal person at your institution to discuss your interest and obtain application materials. Applicants are expected to submit application forms by April 15, 2018 to the Focal Persons at partner institutions with a copy to the secretariat via [email protected]

Institutional Selection: Between April 15 and May 15 the institutions select nominees for the full application to CARTA. Institutions must submit a completed University CARTA PhD Fellowships Applications Screening Form on May 15.

Download the CARTA Fellowship Application

For more information, visit CARTA PhD Fellowship.