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Call for Application: 2019 CARTA Senior Faculty Visiting Fellowships

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is a south-south partnership with a south-north collaboration jointly led by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). The Consortium was established in 2008 with a mandate to build a vibrant African academy able to lead world-class multi-disciplinary research that impacts on population health in Africa.

Applications are invited for the 2019 CARTA Senior Faculty Visiting Research Fellowships to African partner institutions. These fellowships are competitive and are open to senior academic staff members from African partner institutions who have contributed to CARTA as JAS and FAS facilitators, supervisors, focal persons, members of CARTA committees, curriculum reviewers, reviewers of CARTA fellowships and awards, members of the Partners’ Forum and the Board of Management.
CARTA will provide funds to support Senior Faculty for a maximum period of 3 months.
Preference will be given to:
Applicants who are able to demonstrate a research (or research teaching related) output. Included in this are publications, research grant applications, documentary evidence of furthering existing research, a new curriculum, lists of students whom they have previously mentored and the outputs of the mentorship (e.g. students have written a publication, or a research grant), a curriculum of any training done and the list of students who attended any such course.
Proposals that are intended to support research output, build/develop further a research collaboration, or to develop new or innovative pedagogy or processes in the home institution.

Purpose of the Fellowship Program
The Senior Faculty Visiting fellowships provide direct development and service benefits for institutions and individual faculty members, accelerating learning, institutional bonding, exchange of ideas, networking, collaboration opportunities, and the adoption of best practices in research, teaching, and policy translation through exposure of faculty in other institutional cultures. Documentary proof of achieving one/all of such outcomes is essential.

What the fellowship will cover
The fellowship will cover a return air ticket, and a modest allowance of up to USD 3,500 per month for a period of three months. The host institution will cater for local transport and accommodation for the Senior Faculty.
Awardees will be expected to submit a report to the CARTA Secretariat upon completion of the senior faculty visit and acknowledge CARTA in all publications emanating from the visit. Awardees will be expected to utilize the fellowship before December 31, 2019.

Application Procedure
Applicants for the Senior Faculty Visiting fellowship will set out their intended outputs over a three month period and will submit to the CARTA Secretariat, through the institutional focal person, an application package including the following:
a) An application letter detailing the role that the applicant has played in CARTA.
b) A detailed CV.
c) A fellowship proposal including:
i. Dates of the intended visit.
ii. Work to be covered during the three month duration of fellowship.
iii. Expected outputs of the fellowship.
d) Letter of support from the Head of Department of the applicant’s home institution; and
e) Letter of support from the host institution and the senior scientist of the host institution.

Application Timelines
The applicant must prepare a single PDF file of the above materials and send to the CARTA Focal Person at their home institution, who will forward the same to the CARTA Secretariat on or before February 22, 2019.

The CARTA Secretariat will carry out the preliminary review of applications submitted and shortlist them for external review by February 28, 2019. External reviewers will review shortlisted proposals between March 1-8, 2019 and make recommendations for funding. The applications recommended for funding shall be tabled and approved for funding by the Board of Management in March 2019. The CARTA Secretariat will communicate the funding decision in April 2019.

Contact the CARTA secretariat carta@aphrc.org to get more details on the expected deliverables, outcomes of the fellowship as well as the evaluation and the application form.

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