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African Doctoral Academy Winter School 2018

11th April 2018

For Doctoral Candidates and Supervisors
Early-Bird Applications Open

2 – 13 July 2018,  Preparatory Session: 28 – 30 June 2018

The ADA’s bi-annual, two-week long Doctoral Schools take place every year in Summer (January) and Winter (June-July) and aim to offer high impact research and methodology training for prospective and current PhD candidates, their supervisors and researchers from a variety of fields. The African Doctoral Academy (ADA) Winter School takes place this year from 2 – 13 July 2018.


As always the focus is firmly on high impact research and methodology training, as well as options in academic preparedness and career development. This Winter the ADA will offer 17 courses over two weeks, including introductory courses to Research Design and Methodology (Quantitative and Qualitative), Mixed Methods Research Design as well as courses in analytical techniques and software applications (such as SPSS, R and ATLAS.ti), Preparing for a PhD, Writing and Publishing articles and training in Doctoral Supervision.

Preparatory course 28 – 30 June 2018

1 Creating a successful dissertation
Dr Layla Cassim (ERS Consultants) *Prescribed Toolkit R350 (More info)

Week 1: 02 – 06 July 2018

Please note that each course below takes place from Monday to Thursday 8am – 4pm and Friday 9am to 1 pm and you can only attend one.

2 – Preparing for the PhD: A road map for your dissertation
Dr Layla Cassim (ERS Consultants), Dr Nicoline Herman (SU) (More info).

3 – Conducting Original Research in Unique Multicultural and Multilingual Settings (new)
Dr Mike Fetters (University of Michigan) (More info)

4Introduction to quantitative research design and methodology
Prof Tim Guetterman (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA) (More info)

5 – Introduction to qualitative research design and methodology
Prof Wayne Babchuk (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA) ​*Textbook: R450 (More info)

6 – Introduction to SPSS
Dr Cindy Lee Steenekamp (SU) (More info)

7 – Essentials for “R” – an introduction
Dr Koen Plevoets (KU Leuven, Belgium) (More info)

Saturday 07 July 2018

8 – Grant writing fundamentals
Ms Riana Coetsee (SU) (More info)

9 – The systematic review (new)
Dr Lara Skelly (SU) (More info)

10 – Project management principles: Planning and Execution for your PhD
Dr Joubert van Eeden (SU) (More info)

Week 2: 09 – 13 July 2018

Please note that each course below takes place from Monday to Thursday 8am – 4pm and Friday 9am to 1 pm and you can only choose to attend one.

11 – Introduction to the design and execution of real world experimental and intervention studies (new)
Prof Catherine Comiskey (School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) (More info)

12 – Intersecting Qualitative with Mixed Methods Research, Design and Implementation (new)
Prof Tim Guetterman (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA) & Prof Wayne Babchuk (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA).(More info)

13 – Designing, doing and publishing Case Studies
Prof Michael Gibbert (Universita’ della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland) (More info)

14 – The Digital Scholar
Prof Wim van Petegem (KU Leuven) & Dr JP Bosman (SU). (More info)

15 – Doctoral supervision for novice supervisor
Prof Jan Botha (SU). (More info)

16 – Writing and publishing an article during the final phases of the PhD
Dr Ruth Albertyn, Dr Christel Troskie-de Bruin (SU) (More info)

17 – Introduction to qualitative data analysis with ATLAS.ti
Prof Brigitte Smit (UNISA) (More info)

How to Apply

To apply for the Winter School, follow this link to go to the online form. We use this form as an opportunity to vet your application and make sure we send you an outline of the cost implications of your application. Once we have confirmed your course selection, we will provide you with the Short Course links to register per course.


The Early Bird rate (valid until 4 May 2018) for the Winter School week-long courses is R7000 per week and the Standard Rate is R8000 (last day for payments is 21 May 2018), excluding the textbooks. The preparatory session is rated at R4500 and the one-day workshops at R1200. As the course numbers for Writing and publishing are small, and have two mentors, the costs are R7500/R8500.

The fee per week includes the workshop tuition and class materials, Wi-Fi internet, refreshments (no lunch), conference pack, free access to the extra-curricular courses and the social evening (braai). Not included is accommodation or your transport to Stellenbosch – although we do offer a complimentary shuttle service to and from Cape Town International Airport. Accommodation is not included, but we offer some options to secure a room for the School at Stellenbosch Accommodation.

Scholarships will be made available in early April for Doctoral Candidates at the start of their PhD journey. More info.

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Please don’t hesitate to contact us us if you have any queries. We would like to ensure that you have a worthwhile and memorable experience at the ADA and Stellenbosch University.

Corina du Toit
ADA Programme Manager
Africa Centre for Scholarship

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