African Doctoral Academy
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Doctoral School Programme


ADA Winter School 2019​
Registration for the Winter School is now closed

​​​ 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, Good Research Practice: Research ethics and beyond​, presented on Saturday, 6 July 2019. 

Preparatory Course 27 - 29 June 2019

- Creating a successful dissertation
Dr Layla Cassim (Layla Cassim ERS Consultants CC) *Prescribed Toolkit: R380 |​Read more| 

Week 1: 01 - 05 July 2019

Please note that each course below takes place from Monday to Thursday 8am - 4pm and Friday 8am to 1 pm. You can only attend one course per week, as they take place at the same time.

2 - Preparing for your PhD: Considerations and planning your research project
Dr Layla Cassim (Layla Cassim ERS Consultants CC) & Dr Nicoline Herman (Stellenbosch University) *Prescribed Toolkit: R380 ​|Read more​|​  

​​3 - Introduction to Quantitative research design and methodology
Prof Tim Guetterman (Creighton University, Omaha, USA) ​|Read more​|  

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

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

Saturday 06 July 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.

7 - Confident public speaking 
Ms Vicky Davis (MDram, Stellenbosch University; Presenter and Producer, Media Coach) |Read more​

8 - Turning your Masters thesis into journal article(s): Learning by doing​​
Prof Josephine Musango (School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University) |Read more​ 

9 - Good research practice: Research ethics and beyond
Prof Catherine Comiskey (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) |Read more​ 

10 - Project management principles: Planning and e​​xecution for your PhD
Dr Joubert van Eeden (Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University​) |Read more​ 

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

Please note that each course below takes place from Monday to Thursday 8am - 4pm and Friday 8am to 1 pm and you can only choose to attend one course per week, as they take place at the same time.

12 - Doing case study research: Discourse, design and direction
Prof Peter Rule (Stellenbosch University) *Textbook: R215 |Read more​ 

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

14 - Teaching in the digital world: The use of blended active learning strategies
Prof Wim van Petegem (KU Leuven, Belgium ) & Dr JP Bosman (Director: Centre for Learning Technologies, Stellenbosch University|Read more​|* 

15 - Intersecting Qualitative with Mixed Methods research: Design and implementation
Prof Tim Guetterman (Creighton University, Omaha, USA ) & Prof Wayne Babchuk (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA) |Read more​|​ 

16 - Introduction to qualitative data analysis with ATLAS.ti ​
Prof Brigitte Smit (UNISA) |Read more

17 - Doctoral supervision for novice supervisors
Prof Jan Botha & Prof Leslie Swartz (Stellenbosch University) *Textbook: R44​0 |Read more​|



​Early Bird
​Standard Rate
per week long course
SU Staff and students retain this price 
ends 3 May 2019
per week long course

ends 31 May 2019

Some courses are charged differently from the general rates.
Preparatory course (27 - 29 June​)
Creating a successful thesis or dissertation

R4860 +R380
One day course (06 July)​
Master's thesis into articles|Confident public speaking|Grant writing|Project management|Good research practice

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: 03 May 2019
  • Last day for standard rate payment: 31 May 2019
  • 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.