Information to Fellowship Applicants
CARTA welcomes applications from interested, and qualified individuals from across Africa, in all our partner institutions and organizations.
NOTE: Detailed application information will be released during the CARTA Call for Applications. We encourage interested applicants to keep checking our website regularly, for news and information on applications for the CARTA Fellowship program.
Call for Applications
Each year, the CARTA call for fellowship applications is announced in mid-January. The call for applications is shared widely on the CARTA and partner institutions websites, and circulated to all CARTA partners.
Applicants are expected to submit application forms by the specified deadlines to the Focal Persons at partner institutions, with a copy to the CARTA secretariat.
CARTA Fellowship applicants are evaluated at their institutions, and selected nominees contacted to make full applications to CARTA. Institutions must submit a completed “University CARTA PhD Fellowships Applications” screening form.
Full Application Process
CARTA Fellowship nominees complete the Pre-JAS part 1 assignments and submit a full application form within strict specified timelines. The tasks include;
- Critical review of a scientific article
- Numeracy task
- Critical thinking task
- Understanding plagiarism course
- AMANET basic health research ethics course
- All nominees should receive an ID which they record on their pre-JAS Assignments
Reminders to submit the assignments are sent to applicants 2 weeks before the deadline.
The pre-JAS part 1 assignments must be uploaded to the Pre-JAS Part 1 web portal, which is shared during the application process. The pre-JAS assignments are uniquely developed and revised each year.
Applicants also have an opportunity to revise the proposals submitted for the earlier institutional selection after completion of their pre-JAS assignment.
- All tasks are submitted to reviewers within a week of the submission deadline.
- Documents shared with reviewers: Score sheet, a description of the Pre-JAS tasks
- Each task is assessed by two independent reviewers
- Reviewers submit their scores at least two weeks before the CARTA Partners’ Forum (PaF).
- Applicants with a minimum score of 350 can receive the CARTA fellowship
- Each proposal is sent to three institutions (other than the applicant’s own institution). The proposals are assessed on the following criteria;
Candidate’s scientific background and potential for development of a strong research career
Candidate’s Motivational Essay
Scientific merit of the proposed research project
Narrative of applicants’ proposed PhD research
- All proposals are submitted to reviewers within two week of the submission deadline and scores received at least two weeks before the CARTA Partners’ Forum
- Documents to be shared with reviewers: Score sheet, Proposals, review guidelines
The final assessment of CARTA Fellowship applicants is based on the average scores on the pre-JAS and proposal assessments. A pooled rank is then generated based on the rank on the pre-JAS assignments and the rank on the proposal scores.
CARTA Partners’ Forum and nominating Partner Institutions ensure gender distribution in fellows’ selection processes at all times.Frequently Asked Questions