HomeCARTA Grant OpportunitiesCall for Applications – 2016 CARTA Postdoctoral Fellowships

Call for Applications – 2016 CARTA Postdoctoral Fellowships

Building on its goal to secure the future and foster the career growth of its high-achieving graduates, the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) will offer up to 5 one-year postdoctoral fellowships in 2016 for its fellows who have completed their PhD studies1. CARTA postdoctoral fellowships offer its PhD graduates the opportunity to build specific skills, expand their networks, encounter research leadership and role models, receive strong mentoring and learn the demands of community/public engagement.  The  fellowships  will  be  awarded  for  a  maximum  of  12  months  and  are  tenable  at  any  African  CARTA partner-institution or associated research institutes, including INDEPTH Network Centres.

Applicants must be PhD graduates of the CARTA program. They must demonstrate strong commitment to research capacity building at their institutions as well as potential for research leadership.

Evaluation criteria
Candidates will be selected on the basis of their previous research and academic achievements, the proposed activities    during the postdoctoral fellowship period, and demonstrated evidence of professional support and mentorship from the host institution. Prospective fellows must establish initial contact with the host institution and obtain a statement indicating that the institution is willing to host the applicant for the fellowship period. The letter should also indicate the senior researcher at the host institution who will serve as mentor to the applicant.

What the fellowships will cover
The postdoctoral fellowship award will cover travel costs and a monthly stipend of $3,000 for up to 12 months fulltime placement. Other benefits include medical insurance and one international conference participation. Additional funds will be available for the development of new research collaborations and partnerships, development of pilot projects, or training opportunities on specific skills. Due to the short-term nature of the postdoctoral research fellowship program, the fellowships will not cover accompanying dependents.
How to apply

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • A completed application form
  • Updated CV showing publications and awards
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a senior academic who understands your research and
    potential and a second   one from your head of department or dean
  • A statement of support from the prospective host institution indicating its willingness to host
    the applicant and who the mentor will be
  • A statement from the current employer indicating willingness to release the applicant for the
    postdoctoral training opportunity
  • E-copies of your most significant publications over the last three years

Application documents should be submitted to the CARTA Program Manager ( by 11:59
PM (Nairobi Time) on 30 May 2016. The email should have on the subject line: Application for 2016 CARTA post-doctoral fellowships.

All enquires related to this call should be addressed to: CARTA Program Manager
P.O Box: 10787-00100
Nairobi, Kenya
Office Tel: +254 20 400 1000
Fax: +254 20 400 1101

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