CARTA PhD Fellowships 2025 – Apply Now

Applications are being accepted for CARTA PhD Fellowships offered by the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa for the year 2025. This is a collaborative project of eight African universities, four African research institutes, and eight non-African partners.

CARTA PhD Fellowships 2025
CARTA PhD Fellowships 2025

The goal is to enable African institutions to carry out research that is competitive on a worldwide scale, with an emphasis on tackling the region’s health and development issues.

CARTA provides a joint PhD training programme in public and population health as one of its innovations. The major obstacles that Africa’s higher education institutions face in terms of preparing and retaining the region’s future generation of scholars led to the creation of this programme.

CARTA PhD Fellowship overview

Applications for the 2025 CARTA PhD Fellowship are open from any discipline as long as the research topic aims to address population health and public health challenges in Africa, including economics, anthropology, demography, and public health. CARTA is dedicated to gender parity in access to its training programmes and governance structure. For this reason, women are encouraged to apply.

Staff members of participating institutions who are interested in pursuing their PhD research on subjects related to the broad domains of public and population health are eligible to apply for the multidisciplinary CARTA PhD grant.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for CARTA PhD Fellowship:

  • Applicants must possess a Master’s degree in a relevant field;
  • Applicants must be teaching or research staff (full-time) at one of the eligible African institutions
  • Have commitments to contributing towards building capacity at their institutions.
  • Their PhD research proposal must be related to public and population health.
  • Only individuals who have not yet registered for a PhD or are in the very early stages (first year) of the PhD program can apply.
  • Applicants are expected to have commitments towards participating in all four annual residential Joint Advanced Seminars (JASes),
  • Candidates (male) must be under the age of 40 years and below 45 years for female Candidates


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

  • All the expenses for participating in the advanced seminars will be covered.
  • Monthly stipend; moderate support for research activities;
  • A laptop loaded with relevant software;
  • Provision of funds to attend one international conference; and
  • Support to participate in training programs of choice.
  • Cost coverage also applies to tuition fees and medical insurance, in addition to travel support for those registered at a partner institution different from their own.

Application Procedure

  • Qualified Candidates can contact the CARTA focal person at their institution to obtain application materials or access the Application forms through the official website below
  • All application forms and reference letters must be submitted by April 15, 2024, to the Focal Persons at partner institutions. A copy must also be sent to the secretariat
  • Nomination of Candidates will be made by CARTA partner institutions.
  • Successfully Candidates will be invited for the full application process. Selection is to take place between April 15 and May 15, 2024.
  • Candidates who are nominated by their institutions will be invited to submit a full application between June 1 and July 15, 2024.

For more information, visit the official CARTA website at

Documents Required

  • Research proposal
  • Updated CV
  • Letter of support from their institution showing their commitment to modify the workloads for the fellows

Three timed tasks:

  • Critical review of a scientific article
  • Numeracy task
  • Critical thinking task

Two free online courses:

  • Understanding plagiarism course
  • Basic Health Research Ethics course

Important Dates

The closing date for submission of initial application materials is April 15, 2024

The full application submission period is  between June 1 – July 15, 2024

Notifications/Announcement of final fellowship decisions: November 1, 2024



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