Call For Applications CARTA PhD Fellowships | 2018/2019

CARTA is accepting applications for the next cohort of fellows. The collaborative doctoral training program in public and population health is open to staff of these participating institutions here and here.

Applications are accepted 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.

CARTA plans to offer up to 25 PhD fellowships for the 2018/2019 academic year. The fellowship, which is tenable at one of the participating African universities, includes the cost of fellows’ participation in the Joint 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.

This program has been developed in response to the great challenges faced by Africa’s institutions of higher education in addressing the training and retention of the next generation of academics in the region. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Specifically, CARTA seeks to fund candidates who will be future leaders in their institutions; that is, young, capable, and committed individuals who, in time, will ensure that their universities will be the institutions of choice for future generations of academics and university administrators wishing to make a positive impact on public and population health in Africa.


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.

Application Procedure:

Contact the CARTA focal person at your institution to discuss your interest and obtain application materials. The application form is available here CARTA-Fellowship-Application-Form-2018.
Applicants are expected to submit application forms by April 15, 2018 to the Focal Persons at partner institutions WITH A COPY TO THE SECRETARIAT (

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CARTA Application form 2018

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