About us


The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) was formed, in 2008, to support the development of a vibrant African academy able to lead world-class multidisciplinary research that impacts positively on public and population health. The consortium enhances the capacity of African universities to create sustainable multidisciplinary research hubs by supporting junior faculty members to undertake their doctoral training locally and to become internationally recognized research leaders. Ultimately, CARTA strengthens university-wide systems to support research. CARTA offers a well thought out approach to rebuild and to strengthen the capacity of African universities to produce world-class researchers, research leaders, and scholars. CARTA is a collaboration jointly led by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya, and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa.

Our Vision and Mission


To create and sustain African research-intensive universities that prioritize maintenance of a pipeline of high-quality multidisciplinary early career researchers (ECRs) in public and population health in the SSA region.


A vibrant multidisciplinary African Academy able to lead world-class research that makes a positive impact on public and population health.

Meet the Team

To  achieve our mission and vision, we have a strong and able team which is working to ensure that CARTA lives up to its objective.

Our objectives

Our Overarching goals

Capacity Strengthening

Enhance the capacity of African universities to lead globally competitive research and training programs.

Build strong research body

Build vibrant, viable, sustainable multidisciplinary research hubs at Africa-based universities.


Create networks of locally-trained internationally recognized scholars

Questions And Answers

Important Things You Should Know

CARTA fellowships are only available to students who are faculty and staff at one of the participating universities and African research institutes and who are registered for their PhD at one of the participating universities.

All participating CARTA universities have a CARTA Focal Point Person(s) and a  CARTA Committee which oversees the CARTA program implementation at the institution.

Yes, CARTA focal persons may also be supervisors of CARTA fellows as long as they meet institutional requirements for PhD supervision.

One can make a preliminary application to CARTA before being admitted into the program. However, final selection into the program is contingent on admission in one of the nine participating universities.

Applicants for this program must be a member of staff at one of the participating African institutions.

Beneficiaries of the program must be faculty or staff at one of the participating African institutions and should be committed to contributing towards building capacity at their institutions. Specifically, CARTA seeks to sponsor candidates who are the future leaders in their institution. That is, young, capable, and committed individuals who in time will ensure that their institution will be the institution of choice for future generations of academics and university administrators wishing to make a positive impact on public and population health in Africa.

Currently, only CARTA fellows may participate in CARTA’s organized training sessions. However, in future, we may open up the training to private students.

Kindly browse the list of available supervisors, matching them with your research topic and select those you want to supervise you.  Send an e-mail to the respective supervisor(s) requesting them to supervise you.  By sending the e-mail to the supervisor, you essentially agree to share your e-mail with the supervisor.

A student sends an e-mail request to the identified supervisor, who in turn responds either accepting or declining to the request. 

It is not possible. Fellows are strongly encouraged to register in their own home institutions with exceptions where the programs they intend to take are not on offer or where they cannot secure a supervisor in their institutions. In such circumstances, they are encouraged to register with other CARTA institutions within sub-Saharan Africa. If a northern partner is interested in the work of a CARTA fellow, arrangements can be made to have the fellow hosted provided that the northern partner institution is willing to take the CARTA fellow on-board.

Split site PhD program can be allowed if your university has a collaboration with a northern partner institution, however, this is subject to approval by the CARTA Board of Management.

Any other Questions?

Should you have any more questions about CARTA, do not hesitate to send us a message, you will receive a quick response as soon as possible.

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