CARTA Gender Position

CARTA recognizes the importance of gender for development and that men and women experience barriers
and opportunities differently.

CARTA will pursue gender equity through:
Its allocation of CARTA early career researchers’ fellowships and opportunities:
  • Application of a differential maximum age limit for selection into CARTA doctoral fellowships – 45 years for female applicants and 40 years for male applicants.

  • Flexibility in post-doctoral opportunities (re-entry grants and split/full-time post-doctoral  fellowships) to facilitate spending a substantial amount of time close to or at the home  institutions
CARTA’s Board of Management will review and update this Position Document from time to time to ensure it remains current and responsive to any emerging issues and needs.
Consideration of child support for fellows to mitigate advanced effects on the progression of their fellowships. Emphasis on respect for the rights of men, women, and other genders both in the way we act and in the training we offer.
  • Promotion of an environment that is intolerant of sexual harassment, sexism, and gender-based violence. 

  • Upholding of an equal pay policy (stipends and research funds) for all researchers, regardless of background.  

  • Deployment of gender-lens KPIs that track, monitor, and report on both application and admissions processes every year, as well as engagement and retention for female researchers to determine the quality and impact of gender-related policies and projects. 

  • Facilitation of opportunities for researchers to get more exposure in media outlets (interviews, podcasts, radio, etc..).
Ensuring that fellows fully benefit from CARTA opportunities:
  • Consideration of leave of absence to pregnant women;

  • Provision of support to mothers with children under 14 months to attend residential training sessions with their babies and a child-minder;
Proactively identifying and addressing gender-related issues that may impede the progress of CARTA fellows, including consideration of child-care mitigation support.