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Presenters' Assistantships

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Presenters' Assistantship applications for Autumn School now open!

Applications will close on 9 March 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.

2020 Autumn School Presenters' Assistants (SU delegates):

The ADA's annual Autumn School takes place from 23 - 27 March 2020 and we are delighted to announce that we are able to provide funding for two Stellenbosch University PhD candidates and postdocs to work as Presenters' Assistants (PAs) once again. Applications close 9 March 2020 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 toolkits/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.

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. 

- 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 (application link at the bottom of the page).

  1. Complete application form (link at top of page)
  2. A 300 word motivation on why you would benefit from the residency in general, how you would benefit from the course in general and specifically how the workshops selected would assist and add to the successful completion of your degree/your future as a lecturer or increase capacity in your department (in line on the form).
  3. Curriculum Vitae (Resume).
  4. Brief description of your research (roughly 400 words).
  5. 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.​