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The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (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. The consortium consists of nine universities and four research institutes in Sub-saharan Africa, and six academic institutions in Europe, Canada and the US. It is currently funded primarily by Wellcome Trust, Carnegie Corporation and Sida.

CARTA has two primary objectives: to strengthen research infrastructure and management capacity at African universities, and to support doctoral training through a model collaborative PhD programme. The objectives are designed to realize CARTA’s ultimate goal of building local research capacity to understand the determinants of health in Africa and develop effective interventions to improve health systems and outcomes. This is mainly being achieved by the recruitment of fellows from faculties at the African universities and research centres which are involved in the CARTA initiative. Each fellow is registered for a PhD and joins a cohort of approximately 25 colleagues who will all progress through their training together. Fellows attend CARTA’s Joint Advanced Seminars (JAS), a four-part interdisciplinary curriculum that brings together all PhD fellows in the programme. During the inter-JAS period, fellows join an on-line community of practice and engage with peers and mentors. They also get the opportunity to carry out internships at research-active centres, attend highly specialised training courses, and to participate in academic conferences to present and network.

CARTA was launched in 2008 and has since been successful in meeting its initial objectives and has become a viable consortium. It has supported the training of 115 junior African scholars at PhD level; invested more than $1.3m in infrastructural development in member institutions; trained more than 100 PhD supervisors and provided an opportunity for more than 350 academic and administrative staff to work together and learn new skills.

The institutions in Europe, Canada and the US, also called the Northern partners, participate in many ways in the consortium, for example by facilitating in the JASs, mentoring graduates, supervisors and faculty, facilitating fellows’ access to specialized training and international opportunities, and offering complementary and comparative experiences on determinants of health. The Northern partners also provide teaching replacements to relieve CARTA fellows which is an advantage for their junior staff looking for international experience. They also send their PhD and postdoctoral fellows to CARTA events, trainings and research sites, contributing to the establishment of a networked international research community.

The Sahlgrenska Academy has been involved in the consortium from the start and is an active partner in its development. The Sahlgrenska Academy sends facilitators to teach and mentor in the CARTA training, represents the Northern partners in the CARTA Board of Management, and cooperates on joint research proposals and training on proposal development. One of the coordinators at Sahlgrenska Academy International Office is seconded part-time to CARTA to coordinate the activities of the Northern partners.

CARTA Northern partners

If you are a researcher at one of the CARTA Northern partners and interested in more information about CARTA and to participate in one of its activities please contact:

Northern Partners Coordinator

Emma Bergstedt

E-mail: Emma Bergstedt

Phone: 46 31 786 64 04

Address: Medicinaregatan 3, 405 30 Gothenburg


Page Manager: Emma Bergstedt|Last update: 9/25/2015

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