Call for Applications: CARTA PhD Fellowships 2025

Call for Applications: CARTA PhD Fellowships 2025

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) currently welcomes applications for its prestigious PhD Fellowships for the year 2025. CARTA is a collaborative initiative involving eight African universities, four African research institutes, and eight non-African partners.

As part of its innovations, CARTA offers 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.


  • Fellowship Sponsor(s): CARTA
  • Host Institution(s): African universities, four African research institutes
  • Funding Amount: Funded
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Study Level: PhD degrees
  • Nationality: African Students

Also Apply: U.S. Department of State Professional Fellowship for Africans 2024 [Fully Funded]

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are expected to meet the following conditions for the CARTA PhD Fellowships:

  • A Master’s 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 full-time teaching or research staff at one of the participating African institutions and should be committed to contributing towards building capacity at their institutions.
  • Applicant’s PhD research proposal must be related to public and population health.
  • Fellowships are only open to individuals who have not yet registered for a PhD or are in the very early stages (first year) of the PhD program and are yet to define their research proposal. Fellows seeking support to complete a PhD or secure an additional PhD are not eligible to apply.
  • 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.

Eligible African Institutions

  • Makerere University, Uganda
  • Moi University, Kenya
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
  • University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, Malawi and Associates (through Kamuzu)
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • University of Rwanda, Rwanda
  • University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (please note that South Africans are not eligible)
  • Somali National University, Somalia (through collaboration with Makerere University)
  • African Population and Health Research Center, Kenya
  • Agincourt Health and Population Unit, South Africa
  • Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania

Fellowship Benefits

The fellowships, which are tenable at the CARTA African universities, include the following benefits:

  • The cost of the fellow’s participation in the advanced seminars;
  • A modest monthly stipend; moderate support for research activities;
  • A laptop loaded with relevant software;
  • Funds to attend one international conference; and
  • Support to participate in training programs of choice

 See Also: AFRIKA KOMMT Fellowship Program for Young Professionals [Fully-funded]

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Interested candidates seeking for CARTA PhD Fellowships should follow these steps:

  • Contact the CARTA focal person at your institution to discuss your interest and obtain application materials. Application forms may also be downloaded below.
  • At this point, applicants are expected to submit their application forms and reference letters by April 15, 2024, to the Focal Persons at partner institutions WITH A COPY TO THE SECRETARIAT ([email protected]). You can access the application
  • CARTA partner institutions will nominate candidates who will be invited for the full application process. The institutional selection will take place between April 15 and May 15, 2024. Institutions must submit a completed University CARTA PhD Fellowships Applications Screening Form by May 15, 2025.
  • Only those who are nominated by their institutions will be invited to submit a full application between June 1 and July 15, 2024.

The full application includes:

  • A full research proposal
  • Updated CV
  • Letter of support from their institution committing to modify the workloads for the fellows, to enable them to fully participate in CARTA-organized activities pertaining to their PhD program and to waive the fellows’ fees if they are registered at the institution where they are employed.

Applications will be accepted ONLY through the official portal. Nominated candidates need to make sure to receive an official ID to log in and submit within the time stipulated by the system. No late or incomplete application will be considered under any circumstance.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2024

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