Monday, 1 February 2016

Call for Applications - DAAD In-Country/In-Region PhD Scholarships for Eastern Africa (2016/2017)

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 the 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 a strong commitment to research capacity building at their institutions as well as a 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 Germany for up to six months
How to apply
Applicants must submit the following documents:
  • Filled and signed DAAD  application form for In-Country/In Region Scholarships
  • 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 (http://
  • 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 the department indicating that you are a staff member and how you will be integrated into the staff development agenda of the university
Application documents should be submitted to the CARTA Program Manager ( and to by 11:59 PM (Nairobi Time) on March 15, 2016. The email should have on the subject line: Application for 2016 DAAD Scholarship.

All enquiries 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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