African Doctoral Academy
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Doctoral School Programme

ADA Summer School 2019​

Winter School programme UNDER CONSTRUCTION

​​ Week 1 | Week 2 | Costs | Format

The two week long Doctoral School aims to offer high impact research design and methodology training, as well as options in academic preparedness and career development. The Schools are open to doctoral candidates (current and prospective), their supervisors and researchers in general. 

Members of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) can now apply for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points of 30 per week, and a maximum of 30 per school. A maximum of 6 Ethics CPD points will be awarded for the course, Ethics for real world research within a range of settings​, presented on Saturday, 12 January 2019. 

Preparatory course 03 - 05 January 2019​

- Creating a successful dissertation
Dr Layla Cassim (ERS Consultants) *Prescribed Toolkit: R380. Note: This course is an optional, condensed version of course 2 - Preparing for the PhD. You may not registered for both course 1 and 2.​   |​Read more(spaces available, but waiting list starting to form)​​​

Week 1: 07 - 11 January 2019

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 course per week, as they take place at the same time.

2 - Preparing for the PhD: A road map for your dissertation
Dr Layla Cassim (ERS Consultants), Dr Nicoline Herman & Dr Marina Joubert (Stellenbosch University) *Prescribed Toolkit R380 |Read more​|

3 - ​Introduction to quantitative research design and methodology
Prof Tim Guetterman (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA) ​|Read more​|

4 - Introduction to qualitative research design and methodology
Prof Wayne Babchuk (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA) ​*Textbook: R520 |Read more​|

5 - The productive PhD: creating structure, gaining clarity and overcoming blocks (spaces available, but waiting list starting to form)
Prof Sebastian Kern​bach ( University of St Gallen, Switzerland) |Read more​|

6 - Writing and publishing an article during the final phases of the PhD
Dr Ruth Albertyn & Dr Christel Troskie-de Bruin (​Stellenbosch University​) |Read more​|

7 - Doctoral supervision for novice supervisors
Prof Jan Botha & Prof Leslie Swartz (Stellenbosch University) |Read more​|

8 - Essentials for 'R' - an introduction
Prof An Carbonez (KU Leuven, Belgium) |Read more​|

Saturday 12 January 2019​

Please note that each course below takes place on the Saturday (one day only) from 09:00 – 16:00 and you can only attend one course as they take place at the same time.

9 - Ethics for real world research within a range of settings​​
Prof Catherine Comiskey (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) |Read more​|

10 - Grant writing fundamentals
Ms Riana Coetsee (Stellenbosch University) |Read more​|

11 - Project management principles: planning and e​​xecution for your PhD
Dr Joubert van Eeden (Stellenbosch University) |Read more​|

12 - Fundamentals of publishing
Prof Leslie Swartz (Stellenbosch University) ||

Week 2: 14 - 18 January 2019

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 course per week, as they take place at the same time.

13 - Fundamentals of instrument and questionnaire design
Prof Sarah Howie (Stellenbosch University) |Read more​|

14 - Design and analysis of experimental data
Prof Catherine Comiskey (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) ​|Read more​|

15 - Mixed methods in research design
Prof Tim Guetterman (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA) |Read more​|

16 - The digital scholar
Prof Wim van Petegem (KU Leuven, Belgium) & Dr JP Bosman (Stellenbosch University) |Read more​|

17 - Effective scientific communication: presenting a poster, planning an article and giving an oral presentation
Prof John Creemers (KU Leuven, Belgium), Ms Vicky Davis (Stellenbosch University) |Read more​|

18 - Introduction to SPSS
Dr Cindy Lee Steenekamp (Stellenbosch University) |Read more​|

19 - Introduction to qualitative data analysis with ATLAS.ti
Dr Lauren Wildschut (Stellenbosch University) |Read more|




​Early Bird
​Standard Rate
per week long course
ends 19 October 2018
per week long course
ends 19 November 2018


Some courses are charged differently from the general rates.
Preparatory course (03 - 05 January​)
Creating a successful thesis or dissertation

R4860 +R380
One day course (12 January)​
Grant writing|Systematic review|Project management

Writing and publishing (week 1 course 6)

​​​Early Bird
​Standard rate
For courses with prescribed textbooks (marked with an asterisk), additional charges as indicated will be added to the registration fee.

Additional information

  • Last day for early bird payment: 19 October 2018.
  • Last day forstandard rate payment: 19 November 2018
  • SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain the Early Bird price until bookings close.
Course specific information is available on the Workshop Information page. ​

Included in th

e cost:

The fee per week includes the workshop tuition and class materials, Wi-Fi internet, refreshments, 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.


  • All workshops are taught in English, and take place in the Wilcocks Building on Stellenbosch University campus
  • Extra curricular programme will be released at a later stage


  • 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. If a delegate has already paid, we will refund them fully, or offer them the opportunity to attend another course of their choice, where possible.