Wednesday, 29 April 2015

CARTA fellows invited to apply for 2015 DAAD In-Country / In-Region PhD scholarships

Call for Applications for the DAAD In-Country/In-Region PhD Scholarships for Eastern Africa (2015/2016) open

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has invited CARTA fellows from the Eastern Africa region to apply for PhD scholarships. The long-term impacts of the scholarships are: strengthening teaching and research at higher education institutions in Eastern Africa region, solving development issues in the region, and strengthening universities, research institutes and research networks in Eastern Africa and contributing to the establishment of regional networks between these institutions. This is in line with CARTA’s objective of producing a critical mass of high-quality graduates trained to address complex issues surrounding health and development in Africa, retain them in the region, and provide them a vibrant intellectual environment as well as viable and challenging research and growth opportunities. Funding is generally granted for a period of 3 years.

Applicants must be CARTA fellows in the Eastern Africa region. Applications are only open to those who are in the very early stages of the PhD programme. They must demonstrate strong commitment to research capacity building at their institutions as well as potential for research leadership. The last degree of the applicant must have been completed less than six years ago at the time of application. The applicant must be a citizen of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Evaluation criteria
Candidates will be selected on the basis of their previous research and academic achievements and the quality of their research proposals. The PhD proposals must demonstrate relevance to development.

What the scholarships will cover
The funding includes:
        Stipends covering the cost of living including accommodation
        Fees including cost of research and academic monitoring, tutorial and other support, university registration and tuition fees
        Health insurance
        Optional research stay in German for up to six months

How to apply
Applicants must submit the following documents:
        A 10-15 page PhD proposal related to health and development with a detailed work plan
        Abstract of the proposal on one page
        Signed CV (please use Europass CV template (
        A signed copy of DAAD information sheet for students
        Certified copies of all university degree and transcripts
        Admission letter or an official letter assuring admission. The letter should include a fee structure
        Recommendation letter by head of department indicating that you are a staff member and how you will be integrated into the staff development agenda of the university.

Application Forms and DAAD fellowship information

To access these forms please follow this link

Application documents should be submitted to the CARTA Program Manager;  and to   by 11:59 PM (Nairobi Time) on 11th June, 2015.
The email should have on the subject line: Application for 2015 DAAD Scholarship.

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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