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Non-African Partners

Non-African Partner institutions in CARTA have a track record of working in equal partnerships with African institutions and research programmes, in collaboration with CARTA affiliated universities and research centers. They are committed to capacity development and research strengthening within African institutions and offer tremendous support to CARTA fellows during the course of their PhD programs. This assistance to CARTA in teaching and research comprises:

Swiss TPH

Swiss TPH currently represents the northern partners on the CARTA Board and participates in the JAS 1 and JAS 4 workshops, providing practical training on grant writing, grant management, international collaboration, and most recently, environmental health issues. Swiss TPH researchers also support the review of CARTA fellowship applications.More recently, Swiss TPH has started assisting CARTA PhD graduates during the application process for post-doc ESKAS fellowships and sharing all announcements of upcoming Swiss TPH and SSPH+ partner PhD and postgraduate courses with CARTASoon, CARTA postdoctoral students will have the opportunity to become Associate Editors of the International Journal of Public Health.

Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR)

Established in 2003 the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) is a knowledge network promoting equity in health worldwide. We are a member-based, not-for-profit organization representing global health students, researchers and practitioners at institutions across Canada and in the South.The CCGHR’s University Advisory Council was created in 2010 to foster greater collaboration on global health research among our 23 member universities, to mentor the next generation of researchers and to move the global health agenda forward. Our current institutional members are listed from west to east:University of VictoriaUniversity of British ColumbiaSimon Fraser UniversityUniversity of CalgaryGrant MacEwan UniversityUniversity of SaskatchewanUniversity of ManitobaNorthern Ontario School of MedicineUniversity of WaterlooUniversity of GuelphWestern UniversityMcMaster UniversityYork UniversityRyerson UniversityUniversity of TorontoBrock UniversityQueen’s UniversityUniversity of OttawaMcGill UniversityUniversité de SherbrookeUniversité LavalDalhousie UniversityMemorial University

Brown University

Brown University provides faculty mentoring for individual CARTA fellows, opportunities for short and longer-term scholarly visits (pre-doctoral and post-doctoral) to Brown University, and the chance to collaborate with Brown faculty and students on research.In June 2018 Brown will be co-convening, with APHRC, a Brown International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI) on the theme, “Health and Social Change in Africa,” in Nairobi, to which all CARTA fellows and alumni will be invited to apply.Brown welcomes inquiries from CARTA graduates regarding postdoctoral placements, which can sometimes be facilitated when applicants have funding and the fit is good. Brown also has funded postdoctoral fellowships, but these are few and extremely competitive.

University of Gothenburg

The Sahlgrenska Academy sends facilitators to several of the CARTA training activities, in particular JAS 1, 4, and the Supervisor’s training, and a facilitator from the Sahlgrenska Academy currently leads the CARTA Graduate Workshop. The facultyalso provides support in selection of fellows or institutions for CARTA awards, and assists in proposal developments.The Sahlgrenska Academy hosts CARTA fellows for courses, internships and postdoc placements. It provides reviewers, advisors and mentors for CARTA fellows. It also sends teachers to African CARTA universities to relieve fellows of teaching responsibilities for a period of time.

The University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is a Northern Hemisphere partner in the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) and supports the building of public health capacity within Africa through supervision, training and teaching of PhD fellowships. The University of Warwick contributes to CARTA specifically in the following ways:Teaching modules on research methods at Joint Advanced SeminarsPhD joint supervision.Peer reviewing protocols and providing advice and guidance on external funding applications for fellowships and career development.Hosting CARTA students at the University.Funding for post-doctoral fellowshipsWellcome Trust Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine offers research experience and training to early-stage researchers from low- and middle-income countries. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.

Umeå University

Faculty at Umeå University sends facilitators to the CARTA training activities and faculty provides support in proposal developments.The university hosts CARTA fellows for courses and shorter placements. It provides reviewers and advisors for CARTA fellows.

University of Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university. Academic diversity and high quality are fundamental for us. UiB is the most cited university in Norway.There are seven faculties at UiB and there are a total of 16 900 students at the university. Around 1 880 of these are international students. We employ 3 600 staff. PhD candidates are paid employees of staff, making the doctoral degree at UiB particularly attractive for rising talent. About one in three graduating doctors are from outside Norway.

Collaborating Partner’s Bio

Thorkild Tylleskär
Barbara Maria Bürkin
Madeleine Bélanger Dumontier
Håkan Billig
Anna-Karin Hurtig
Goran Bondjers
Dan Smith
Jill Allison
Emma Bergstedt
Richard Lilford
Expert Advice

Non-African partner institutions provide expertise to CARTA fellows and supervisors in a variety of areas, including specialist forms of data analysis, and opinions about draft chapters or areas of discussion. CARTA fellows are encouraged to discuss these options with their supervisors and apply for an external advisor, should the supervisor consider an external viewpoint to be helpful.External advice at key stages for the Fellowship is regarded as independent, objective and essential in providing confidence that standards and quality of a thesis are appropriate. An external advisor is not a supervisor, and all requests and communication with an advisor should be made with the full support and knowledge of a fellow’s supervisor.In addition to providing mentorship to CARTA fellows and reviewing their doctoral research, faculty from the Non-African Partners are invited to co-supervise the PhD fellows, alongside their African supervisors. The CARTA secretariat at the University of Gothenburg annually shares the research ideas by CARTA fellows with these partners. Those who are interested to co-supervise will be connected to institution where fellow is registered to formalise the engagement. This co-supervision will be on a voluntary basis and will be done virtually/online. The benefit to the co-supervisor is they will be able to co-publish with the fellow and the principal supervisor who must come from the institution the fellow is registered in.Each African partner university have their rules on engaging supervisors, some of these institutions have supervision contracts. The CARTA secretariat in Nairobi will help interested co-supervisors from the northern partners towards formalising the relationship.

Teacher Replacement

A major obstacle for PhD candidates in achieving their desired progress is sufficient time to work on their thesis. As a means of further supporting CARTA fellows, participants can request for a teaching replacement from one of the CARTA Non-African partners, to relieve faculty of teaching responsibilities for a period of time. The replacement is offered during data collection and thesis writing.CARTA Fellows are required to discuss with their supervisors on whether they would benefit from a teaching replacement, then contact their CARTA institutional focal person, asking for a letter signed by their head of department, and the university confirming:the university will provide a modest per diem jointly with CARTAthe university will provide accommodationthe university will facilitate (if necessary) registration with the national medical councilThe letter and supporting information about knowledge and skills required for the replacement should then be sent to the CARTA Non-African partners’ coordinator, including:reason for request (description of what you will do with the time, e.g. fieldwork, writing-up)specific details about the teaching (institution, department, title of modules/courses to be taught)expected duration of relief teaching (in weeks or months) with justificationFinding suitable teaching replacement can take time, and so CARTA Fellows are encouraged to begin the planning process at least six months in advance.

Courses and Placements

CARTA collaborating partners can also help CARTA fellows with specialized research courses and placements. Interested fellows are encouraged to discuss with their supervisors whether their PhD would benefit from these opportunities, and contact the northern partners’ coordinator on availability.

Post Doctoral Opportunities

CARTA Fellows interested in pursuing further studies upon completion of their doctoral degrees can also consider postdoctoral fellowships in Europe or Canada through CARTA’s international partners. The collaborating partner’s coordinator, in conjunction with the CARTA secretariat, can assist fellows in establishing contact with researchers at international CARTA partner institutions.

Other  research support, training,  and career development opportunities offered by CARTA  international partners

mentoring graduates and supervisors

facilitating fellows’ access to specialized training and other international opportunities

cooperating in joint research proposals and training on proposal development

offering complementary and comparative experiences on determinants of health

providing external views to ensure objectivity in CARTA’s monitoring and evaluation system

offering opportunity for international benchmarking of CARTA trainings

hosting pre-JAS testing to ensure equitable treatment and fairness in PhD and post-doctoral selection

hosting visiting faculty

providing teaching replacements to relieve CARTA fellows which is an advantage for northern partner junior staff looking for international experience

sending PhD and postdoctoral fellows to CARTA events, trainings and research sites

demonstrating effective university and research centered cultures

providing role models in research leadership and management