African Doctoral Academy
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Assistantship applications closed 8 April 2019.

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.

2019 Winter School Presenters' Assistants (SU delegates):

The ADA's annual Wint​er School takes place from 27 June - 12 Jul​y 2019 and we are delighted to announce that we are able to provide funding for a small group of Stellenbosch University PhD candidates and postdocs to work as Presenters' Assistants (PAs) once again. Applications close 8 April 2019 at midnight.

PAs assist our workshop presenters with their day-to-day administrative tasks, ensuring that the workshop flows as smoothly as possible. In exchange, PAs are afforded the opportunity to gain experience in running an international conference and network with academics from across Africa. The cost of your course is included in the position (but not the cost of the certificate or textbooks, where applicable).

Typical responsibilities would include the following

  • Managing access to the workshop's lecture room
  • Managing and maintaining the daily attendance register
  • Assisting delegates and the presenter with Inetkey access or Wi-Fi access
  • Assisting the presenter with arranging or making course material handouts
  • Assisting with initial course registration at the beginning of the week
  • Capturing course feedback after the school.

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 PA position is available per workshop, where positions are offered.

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. We will require you to pay R50 for the cost of your certification. Any textbooks, where applicable, will be at your own cost. All other aspects of the scholarship includes the standards like course materials, refreshments, and social events.

We reserve the right not to appoint a PA for a course, and also to recruit a PA from a previous presentation of the course should they want to cement their skills in the field.

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 (link at the bottom of the page).

  1. A 300 word motivation on why you would benefit from the residency in general, and specifically how the workshops selected would assist and add to the successful completion of your degree (in line on the form).
  2. Curriculum Vitae (Resume).
  3. Brief description of your research (roughly 400 words).
  4. Optional: motivation from your supervisor or head of department, supporting your application. This can be email directly to the ADA coordinator at if preferred by your supervisor, or uploaded as part of your application.​

​Application form closed 8 April 2019