African Doctoral Academy
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​​​​​​​Online Summer School 2021

Classroom Assistants: Applications now open!

Applications will close on 22 December 2020. 

The ADA's ultimate goal is to support knowledge production in Africa by increasing the quantity and improving the quality of masters and doctoral graduates in South Africa and beyond. To this end, the ADA runs bi-annual training courses which are aimed at both expanding and adding depth to the knowledge pool and skillset of masters, doctoral and post-doctoral academics.​​​​

2021 Online Summer School Classroom Assistants open to registered PhD candidates at Stellenbosch University​

The ADA's Summer School takes place from 13 January to 5 Febuary 2021, and we are delighted to announce that we are able to provide funding for ​Stellenbosch University PhD candidates to work as Classroom Assistants (CAs) once again. Applications close 22 December ​2020 at midnight.

The CAs attend the course full time to assist the presenter’s activities as well as the delegates, working closely with a Blended Learning Coordinator (BLC), moderating chats, supporting group work as well as monitoring and supporting both synchronous and asynchronous sessions (e.g.: the execution of exercises/group work on MS Teams or SUNOnline). 

Typical responsibilities would include the following

  • Participate in the orientation session held before the course starts to meet delegates and the programme team where required.
  • Moderating (appropriately and as guided by presenter) the discussions, Q&A and interactive sessions without interrupting the flow of the presentations (e.g.: with group work, highlight questions in the chats or raised hands from delegates). 
  • Confirming that e.g.: screen share is active, audio and video is working and assisting with netiquette.  
  • Record live sessions on Teams to upload on SUNOnline after the lectures.
  • Prepare for class by being online 20 minutes before class starts and monitoring and assisting presenter and delegates with login where needed as the course starts daily/during the course.
  • Welcome delegates by displaying the day’s activities before the presenter formally starts the class. 
  • Help delegates to access SUNOnline materials (e.g. share links to relevant pages on the module etc.). 
  • Liaise with the ADA Team and other BLCs/Tutors.
  • ​After the School:  ​provide feedback on experiences and be available for a debrief session.

The CA will need to have their own reliable computer/laptop, and a stable internet connection of 4Mbs or higher (preferred). ​ The cost of your course is included in the position (but not the cost of the certificate or toolkits/textbooks, where applicable).

In order to be eligible for the programme, you must be about to enrol or already enrolled for your PhD at Stellenbosch University. Alternatively, you qualify for this position if you are currently a post-doctoral fellow registered at Stellenbosch University. One CA position is available per workshop.

Your motivation for the programme:

In addition to requiring your details, we ask you to motivate why you would be a good candidate to receive an assistantship - we would like to know how attending the workshop will impact on your ​studies and research, your development as a lecturer or increasing capacity in your department in general, and specifically why you are selecting the course. 

- We will require you to pay R50 for the cost of your certification as well as the cost of textbooks/toolkits. 

- Any textbooks, where applicable, will be at your own cost. 

- The scholarship will cover the course fee only.

We reserve the right not to appoint a CA for a course, and also to recruit a CA from a previous presentations of the course should they want to cement their skills in the field. Female candidates and candidates registered at an African University will be given a bonus point during the scoring process.​

Application Requirements:

Your application will not be considered as complete if you do not submit all the required documentation in full. In this case, you will be unable to submit the form if all documents are not uploaded (application link at the bottom of the page).

  1. Complete application form
  2. A 200 word motivation on why you would benefit from the opportunity to attend the course in general and specifically how the workshops selected would assist and add to the successful completion of your degree or increase capacity in your department (in line on the form).
  3. Curriculum Vitae (Resume), uploaded to the form.
  4. Brief description of your research (roughly 200 words) inline in the online form.
  5. Optional: motivation from your supervisor or head of department, supporting your application. This can be emailed​ directly to the ADA at if preferred by your supervisor, or uploaded as part of your application.​