Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) PhD Fellowships 2019/2020

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The call for application for the CARTA PhD Fellowships 2019/2020 is now open. During the 2019/2020 academic year, the CARTA program is planning to offer up to 25 PhD fellowships.

The fellowship, which is tenable at one of the participating African universities (complete list below), 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.

Over the medium-term, CARTA aims to produce a critical mass of high-quality graduates trained to address the complex issues surrounding health and development in Africa, retain them in the region, and provide them with a vibrant intellectual environment, as well as viable and challenging research and growth opportunities. CARTA aims to achieve reforms in higher education by:

  1. Assisting universities to develop enriching and vibrant academic and research environments; and
  2. Supporting
    promising African scholars who teach at affiliated universities to
    obtain high-quality doctoral training in public and population
    health-related fields.

CARTA is currently offering a collaborative doctoral training program in public and population health. 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.

Successful applicants will attend CARTA’s innovative series of Joint Advanced Seminars (JAS) for cohorts of doctoral students admitted and registered in the participating African universities. Both the development and delivery of these courses are jointly-led by regional and international experts. The seminars consist of didactic sessions, discussions, demonstrations, and practice labs. These activities collectively serve to:

  1. Expose
    students to key theories and concepts, seminal readings, and research
    methods of disciplines relevant to public and population health;
  2. Train students in critical research skills; and
  3. Build
    and maintain a network of researchers for scientific collaborations,
    professional support, and mutually beneficial exchange of scientific
    resources.

The advanced seminars are offered once annually for four years to each cohort and build skills and conceptual depth from year to year. Each JAS runs for 3 to 4 weeks.
Specific topics covered in each JAS include the following:

  • JAS-1 builds
    critical thinking, technical skills, and other core research
    competencies, and introduce students to the essential concepts and
    seminal articles of the disciplines brought together under CARTA
  • JAS-2 focuses
    on data management and analysis. Fellows learn to use software packages
    for qualitative and quantitative data management and analyses. Practice
    sessions use real research data and current software packages for
    hands-on training
  • JAS-3 focuses
    on data presentation, the doctoral dissertation, and scientific writing
    and communication skills to facilitate results dissemination and policy
    engagement
  • JAS-4 addresses
    professional development including skills necessary to manage and teach
    large class sizes, raise and manage research funds, grant writing and
    research management. JAS-4 is also designed to serve as an opportunity
    for senior fellows to practice mentoring of junior fellows through
    discussions and laboratory sessions, software training, and general
    information sharing.

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.

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

Eligibility:

  • 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.

Application Procedure:

  • Applicants are expected to submit application forms by April 30, 2019 to the Focal Persons at partner institutions WITH A COPY TO THE SECRETARIAT (carta_fellowship@aphrc.org )
  • 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.
  • Full application process:

Pre-JAS Assignments:
The pre-JAS assignments must be uploaded to the Pre-JAS portal  before June 15. The pre-JAS assignments have been developed and are revised every year. Revision entails developing a new numeracy task, obtaining a new set of papers for the critical review of a scientific article task (one qualitative and one quantitative) and ensuring that the plagiarism and ethics courses are available online. Nominees complete the Pre-JAS part 1 assignments and submit a full application form between June 15 and July 1. A summary of the tasks and the scores are provided below.

  1. Critical review of a scientific article (score 100)
  2. Numeracy task (score 100)
  3. Critical thinking task (score 100)
  4. Understanding plagiarism course (score 50)
  5. AMANET basic health research ethics course (score 150)

Proposal review: Applicants have an opportunity to revise the proposals submitted for the institutional selection between June 15 to July 15 .

  • Nominees
    submit their revised research proposals which must adhere to the CARTA
    format to the focal person, who will forward it to the CARTA
    secretariat.
  • Nominees submit a reference support letter from the Head of Department to CARTA secretariat.
  • Final fellowship decision, which is independent of the university application, will be communicated by CARTA secretariat by November 1, 2019.

Key documents:
CARTA-Fellowship-Application-Form-2019

CARTA PhD Call 2019 

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the CARTA PhD Fellowships 2019/2020