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External advice

Northern partner institutions provide expertise to CARTA fellows and supervisors in a variety of areas, including specialist forms of data analysis, and opinions about draft chapters or areas of discussion. CARTA fellows are encouraged to discuss these options with their supervisors and apply for an external advisor, should the supervisor consider an external viewpoint to be helpful.

External advice at key stages for the Fellowship is regarded as independent, objective and essential in providing confidence that standards and quality of a thesis are appropriate. An external advisor is not a supervisor, and all requests and communication with an advisor should be made with the full support and knowledge of a fellow’s supervisor.

Teaching replacement

A major obstacle for PhD candidates in achieving their desired progress is sufficient time to work on their thesis. As a means of further supporting CARTA fellows, participants can request for a teaching replacement from one of the CARTA northern partners, to relieve faculty of teaching responsibilities for a period of time. The replacement is offered during data collection and thesis writing.

CARTA Fellows are required to discuss with their supervisors on whether they would benefit from a teaching replacement, then contact their CARTA institutional focal person, asking for a letter signed by their head of department, and the university confirming:

  • the university will provide a modest per diem jointly with CARTA
  • the university will provide accommodation
  • the university will facilitate (if necessary) registration with the national medical council

The letter and supporting information about knowledge and skills required for the replacement should then be sent to the CARTA northern partners’ coordinator, including:

  • reason for request (description of what you will do with the time, e.g. fieldwork, writing-up)
  • specific details about the teaching (institution, department, title of modules/courses to be taught)
  • expected duration of relief teaching (in weeks or months) with justification

Finding suitable teaching replacement can take time, and so CARTA Fellows are encouraged to begin the planning process at least six months in advance.

Courses and placements

CARTA northern partners can also help CARTA fellows with specialized research courses and placements. Interested fellows are encouraged to discuss with their supervisors whether their PhD would benefit from these opportunities, and contact the northern partners’ coordinator on availability.

Postdoctoral opportunities

CARTA Fellows interested in pursuing further studies upon completion of their doctoral degrees can also consider postdoctoral fellowships in Europe or Canada through CARTA’s international partners. The northern partner’s coordinator, in conjunction with the CARTA secretariat, can assist fellows in establishing contact with researchers at international CARTA partner institutions.

Other research support, training, and career development opportunities offered by CARTA international partners
  • mentoring graduates and supervisors
  • facilitating fellows’ access to specialized training and other international opportunities
  • cooperating in joint research proposals and training on proposal development
  • offering complementary and comparative experiences on determinants of health
  • providing external views to ensure objectivity in CARTA’s monitoring and evaluation system
  • offering opportunity for international benchmarking of CARTA trainings
  • hosting pre-JAS testing to ensure equitable treatment and fairness in PhD and post-doctoral selection
  • hosting visiting faculty
  • providing teaching replacements to relieve CARTA fellows which is an advantage for northern partner junior staff looking for international experience
  • sending PhD and postdoctoral fellows to CARTA events, trainings and research sites
  • demonstrating effective university and research centered cultures
  • providing role models in research leadership and management

Northern Institutions

Northern partner institutions in CARTA have a track record of working in equal partnerships with African institutions and research programmes, in collaboration with CARTA affiliated universities and research centers.

CARTA northern partner institutions are committed to capacity development and research strengthening within African institutions, and offer tremendous support to CARTA fellows during the course of their PhD programs. This assistance to CARTA in teaching and research comprises:

 

Swiss TPH currently represents the northern partners on the CARTA Board and participates in the JAS 1 and JAS 4 workshops, providing practical training on grant writing, grant management, international collaboration, and most recently, environmental health issues. Swiss TPH researchers also support the review of CARTA fellowship applications.

More recently, Swiss TPH has started assisting CARTA PhD graduates during the application process for post-doc ESKAS fellowships and sharing all announcements of upcoming Swiss TPH and SSPH+ partner PhD and postgraduate courses with CARTA

Soon, CARTA postdoctoral students will have the opportunity to become Associate Editors of the International Journal of Public Health.

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Established in 2003 the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) is a knowledge network promoting equity in health worldwide. We are a member-based, not-for-profit organization representing global health students, researchers and practitioners at institutions across Canada and in the South.

The CCGHR’s University Advisory Council was created in 2010 to foster greater collaboration on global health research among our 23 member universities, to mentor the next generation of researchers and to move the global health agenda forward. Our current institutional members are listed from west to east:

Brown University provides faculty mentoring for individual CARTA fellows, opportunities for short and longer-term scholarly visits (pre-doctoral and post-doctoral) to Brown University, and the chance to collaborate with Brown faculty and students on research.

In June 2018 Brown will be co-convening, with APHRC, a Brown International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI) on the theme, “Health and Social Change in Africa,” in Nairobi, to which all CARTA fellows and alumni will be invited to apply.

Brown welcomes inquiries from CARTA graduates regarding postdoctoral placements, which can sometimes be facilitated when applicants have funding and the fit is good. Brown also has funded postdoctoral fellowships, but these are few and extremely competitive.

The Sahlgrenska Academy sends facilitators to several of the CARTA training activities, in particular JAS 1, 4, and the Supervisor’s training, and a facilitator from the Sahlgrenska Academy currently leads the CARTA Graduate Workshop. The facultyalso provides support in selection of fellows or institutions for CARTA awards, and assists in proposal developments.

The Sahlgrenska Academy hosts CARTA fellows for courses, internships and postdoc placements. It provides reviewers, advisors and mentors for CARTA fellows. It also sends teachers to African CARTA universities to relieve fellows of teaching responsibilities for a period of time.

The University of Warwick is a Northern Hemisphere partner in the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) and supports the building of public health capacity within Africa through supervision, training and teaching of PhD fellowships. The University of Warwick contributes to CARTA specifically in the following ways:

  • Teaching modules on research methods at Joint Advanced Seminars
  • PhD joint supervision.
  • Peer reviewing protocols and providing advice and guidance on external funding applications for fellowships and career development.
  • Hosting CARTA students at the University.

Funding for post-doctoral fellowships

Wellcome Trust Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine offers research experience and training to early-stage researchers from low- and middle-income countries. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level. https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/training-fellowships-public-health-and-tropical-medicine