ADA Winter School 2018: Doctoral School Programme

The African Doctoral Academy have opened applications for their winter school programme. ​​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, 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.

Preparatory course 28 - 30 June 2018​

- Creating a successful dissertation
Dr Layla Cassim (ERS Consultants) *Prescribed Toolkit: R350. Note: This course is an optional, condensed version of the Preparing for the PhD course and by choosing this course, should select a course in week 1 other than Preparing for the PhD. |More info|

Week 1: 02 - 06 July 2018

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.

2 - Preparing for the PhD: A road map for your dissertation 
Dr Layla Cassim (ERS Consultants), Dr Nicoline Herman (SU) *Prescribed Toolkit R350 |More info|

3 - ​Conducting original research in unique multicultural and multilingual settings (new)
Dr Mike Fetters (University of Michigan) |More info|

4 - Introduction to quantitative research design and methodology
Prof Tim Guetterman (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA) |More info|

5 - Introduction to qualitative research design and methodology 
Prof Wayne Babchuk (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA) â€‹*Textbook: R450 |More info|

6 - Introduction to SPSS
Dr Cindy Lee Steenekamp (SU) |More info|

7 - Essentials for "R" - an introduction
Dr Koen Plevoets (KU Leuven, Belgium) |More info|

Saturday 07 July 2018

8 - Grant writing fundamentals 
Ms Riana Coetsee (SU) |More info|

9 - The systematic review (new)
Dr Lara Skelly (SU) |More info|

10 - Project management principles: planning and e​​xecution for your PhD
Dr Joubert van Eeden (SU) |More info|


Week 2: 09 - 13 July 2018

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.

11 - Introduction to the design and execution of real world experimental and intervention studies (new)
Prof Catherine Comiskey (School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin University, Ireland) |More info|

12 - Intersecting Qualitative with Mixed Methods Research, Design and Implementation (new)
Prof Tim Guetterman (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA) & Prof Wayne Babchuk (University of Ne​braska, Lincoln, USA) |More info|

13 - Designing, doing and publishing Case Studies
Prof Michael Gibbert
 (Universita' della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland) |More info|

14 - The digital scholar
Prof Wim van Petegem (KU Leuven) & Dr JP Bosman (US) |More info|

15 - Doctoral supervision for novice supervisors
Prof Jan Botha (SU) *Textbook R400 |More info|

16 - Writing and publishing an article during the final phases of the PhD
Dr Ruth Albertyn, Dr Christel Troskie-de Bruin (SU) |More info|

17 - Introduction to qualitative data analysis with ATLAS.ti
Prof Brigitte Smit
 (UNISA) |More info|



​General fees

​ â€‹Early Bird

​Standard Rate

per week long course
ends 4th of May 2018
per week long course
ends 21st of May 2018

Special fees

Some courses are charged differently from the general rates.
​Preparatory course (28 - 30 June​)
Creating a successful thesis or dissertation

R4500 +R350
One day course (07 July)​​
Grant writing|Systematic review|Project management

Writing and publishing (week 2 course 16)

​​​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 payment: 21st of May 2018
  • SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain this price until bookings close.
  • 10% rebate on the fees of the 2nd course, if a delegates registers for two, week-long courses. 
Course specific information is available on the Workshop Information page. â€‹

Included in the cost:

The fee per week includes the workshop tuition and class materials, Wi-Fi internet, refreshments (no lunch), 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. 


To apply for their winter school programme, please click here