ADA Online Spring Writing Boot Camp​
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The ADA will host its first Spring Writing Boot ​​camp this year with one week-long course that takes place from 26 - 30 October and one two-day course that takes place from 29 - 30 October (half-day, morning sessions). These courses, as always, will offer high impact writing and academic career development opportunities for researchers at the late phase Masters stage and beyond, doctoral candidates (current and prospective) and their supervisors.

Please note that each course below has different offering dates. You can only attend one course, as some of the days overlap.

1 - Writing and publishing an article during the final phases of the PhD  (26 - 30 October​ 2020) Applications Closed
Publishing 'boot camp' for doctoral delegate​​​s in the final phases of their thesis; a draft of the article is r​equired to work on for duration of the course.​
Prof Ruth Albertyn (Centre for Higher and Adult Education, Stellenbosch University and University of Stellenbosch Business School​)​  ​|Read ​more​|​ 

2 - Grant writing fundamentals​ (29 - 30 October 2020)
The Do's and Do not's of Grant Writing and where to start looking for funding. ​
Ms Riana Coetsee (Division of Research Development, Stellenbosch University) ​|Read m​ore​|  



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1. Writing and publishing an article during the final phases of the PhD
2. Grant writing fundamentals
​Dates: 26 - 30 October 2020
​Dates: 29 - 30 October 2020
Early Bird: ​R6 600
Standard: R7 100

​Cost: R1 350

Additional information

  • Early Bird prices applicable till ​30 September 2020
  • Last day for payment and applications:  16 October 2020
Course specific information is available on the Workshop Information section below. ​


  • All workshops are taught in English, and live sessions take place online on Microsoft Teams.


  • Open - the course is open for booking and there are open spaces available. 
  • Waiting List - a waiting list is forming, but we're waiting on payment for the courses from delegates. Please register if you would like to attend and we will place your name on the list.
  • Closed - the course has a long waiting list and we have closed bookings.

The ADA reserves the right to cancel a course if the minimum attendance figures are not reached. Paid delegates will be refunded in full in the case of a course cancellation.


  • The last day for withdrawal from the ADA's Spring Writing Boot Ca​mp is 30 September 2020 - applicants will receive a 80% refund up until this date and thereafter a 50% refund until 16 October 2020. After 16 October 2020 there will be a 100% cancellation fee applied unless someone else can take your place.
  • No refund will be paid if attendance is cancelled after 16​ October 2020.
  • The ADA reserves the righ​t to cancel a course up to 30 September 2020.


Course 1: Writing and publishing an article during the final phases of the PhD

Prof Ruth Albertyn (Centre for Higher and Adult Education, Stellenbosch University and University of Stellenbosch Business School)
The course takes place from 26 - 30 October 2020
1 orientation session and on-boarding + 5  days online teaching

The online module will be open from 19 October - 7 November, after which access to the module expires.

Compulsory on-boarding takes place the week of 19 October 2020​​

​Delegates are required to test their Microsoft Teams compatibility, attend the orientation session (maximum of 45 minutes) and fully complete the on-pr​ocess before the course commences to ensure that we are able to resolve any accessibility issues in good time.​

Early Bird: R6 600
Standard: R7 100
SU staff and stude​nts paying by OE code/student account, retain the Early Bird price until bookings close.
  • Each day​ starts with a presentation that will take place virtually on Microsoft Teams promptly at 9am
  • We will check-in again at 2pm each afternoon
  • Participants need to be available from 9am - 4pm daily (excluding breaks and lunch time) for the duration of the course
Participants must have the following in place before the course commences:
  • The first rough draft of an article based on completed research (for example: completed data analysis or completed section of the literature review)
  • Identified a journal where you would like to submit an article
  • The guidelin​​es for authors of this journal
  • A laptop to use during the workshop (not only a table or iPad)
  • Stable internet connection for use over Microsoft Teams (for instruction), accessing the online materials and submitting your daily drafts to Prof Albertyn
​Target audience

This course is aimed at doctoral candidates who have already begun their doctoral research project and are at a stage where they have completed some sections of their research and have publishable material from any part of their study. It is essential that the data has already been analysed or the literature already collected as there isn't sufficient time for these tasks during the workshop. The focus of this workshop is on actual writing of the article and there is thus minimal formal lecturing during the workshop.

What to bring?
​It is required for the participants use own devices (laptop, desktop) to participate in the course.​ Participants should also make sure they have reliable and fast internet to make sure that they are able to join the real-time webinars on Microsoft Teams, as well as to access the online learning materials. 

Course Description

Course Outcomes

After completion of the course, the participant will have a completed article which can be submitted for consideration by the intended journal. Throughout the week:

  • Input is provided on each section of the article
  • Participants write the relevant section
  • Facilitator reads work and provides feedback
  • Participants redraft before writing the next section of the article

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Ms Riana Coetsee (Division for Research Development​, Stellenbosch University)
29 - 30 October 2020 (half days)
1 orientation + 2 mornings of online teaching
The course takes place over two morning sessions from 29 - 30 October.
The online module will be open from 17 October - 7 November 2020, after which access to the module expires.
  • ​​Compulsory on-boarding ​takes place the week of 26 October 2020
  • Delegates are required to test their Microsoft Teams compatibility, attend the orientation session (maximum of 45 minutes) and full complete the on-boarding process before the course commences to ensure that we are able to resolve any accessibility issues in good time.
Cost: R1 350
​The course will take place on 29 and 30 October over two morning sessions of four hours each.
  • Each day starts with a presentation that will take place virtually over Microsoft Teams promptly from 9am. 
  • Participants need to be available from 9am to 1pm (excluding breaks and lunch time) for the duration of the course
  • The materials will be presented in a synchronous and asynchronous manner over the two days, and a take-home exercise will be given at the end of day 1 to use in class on day 2
Participants should be conducting research or be in the planning phases, be it at postgraduate or postdoctoral level or in full-time academic staff capacity
​​Target audience
Researchers (including postgraduate students and post-docs) who need to generate research funds
​What to B​ring?​​
​Delegates are encouraged to bring drafts of their own writing to the workshop

Course Description
Although funding organisations and their application requirements differ, there are important elements expected from all funding agencies, whether it relates to small or to large grants.  The following elements will be thus be discussed and practised in the workshop:
  • Basic structure of grant proposal
  • Why grant proposals fail
  • The core components of a grant proposal
  • Why writing style matters
  • The budget
  • Where to look for funding
  • Explaining peer review panels

Course Outcomes
Participants will understand the following:

  • What basic and core components an application should have to make it competitive
  • What pitfalls should be avoided when writing grant proposals
  • What elements should be included in the budget
  • Where to start looking for funding

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