CARTA PhD Fellowships 2019/2020 for African Researchers

CARTA PhD Fellowships 2019/2020 for African Researchers

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Applications are open for the CARTA PhD Fellowships 2019/2020. The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is an initiative of eight African universities, four African research institutes, and select Non-African 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. They welcome applications 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, 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.


  • 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 30, 2019.

Participating Universities

  • 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
  • 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
  • Non-African Partners
    • Brown University, USA
    • Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR), Canada
    • Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Switzerland
    • Umeå University, Sweden
    • University of Gothenburg, Sweden
    • University of Warwick, UK
    • University of Bergen, Norway
    • Uppsala Monitoring Centre, Sweden
    • University of Chile


  • Contact the CARTA focal person in your institution to discuss your interest and obtain application materials. The application form is available here
  • Applicants are expected to submit application forms by April 30, 2019 to the Focal Persons at partner institutions WITH A COPY TO THE SECRETARIAT ([email protected])
  • Institutional Selection: Between April 30 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.

For more information, visit CARTA PhD Fellowships.