African Doctoral Academy: Doctoral Winter School Scholarships (Stellenbosch University)

The African Doctoral Academy (ADA) is privileged to offer a limited number of candidates, at the start of their Doctoral careers, the opportunity to attend the ADA Winter School at Stellenbosch University in June-July 2018.

In awarding this funding, our aim is to give successful candidates the opportunity to attend an ADA Doctoral School and spend time at a world-class research university, building their individual capacity and resilience for the journey ahead. This Winter the ADA will offer 17 courses over two weeks, including introductory courses to Research Design and Methodology (Quantitative and Qualitative), Mixed Methods Research Design as well as courses in analytical techniques and software applications (such as SPSS, R and ATLAS.ti), Preparing for a PhD, Writing and Publishing articles and training in Doctoral Supervision.

Successful candidates will be awarded the following as part of the programme:

  • Two, week-long courses at the ADA Winter School.
  • The option to attend a preparatory course (28 – 30 June), as well as a one day course (7 July).
  • Self-catering accommodation in Stellenbosch.*
  • Transport to visit the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
  • Return Economy airfare to and from Cape Town International Airport, if applicable.**
  • Ground Transport to and from Cape Town International Airport.
  • We request that the candidate’s home institution sponsors the candidate’s daily subsistence allowance as a token of good faith in support of their PhD candidate.

*Please note that changes to flights or additional night’s stay will be at your own cost. Flights are determined from the home institutions where the delegates are registered. The accommodation is student-style but walking distance from the venues and equipped with a kitchen.

**Where applicable we will reimburse for visa costs if needed. Please ensure to email for a reimbursement well before your arrival so that the refund is ready on arrival.


Candidates across all disciplines, in the early phases of their PhDs (or just about to enrol) should apply. We will accept candidates that have registered in 2017 and 2018 for their PhDs, as well as those that can supply a letter from their institution that they will register by 1 July 2018. If your application is dependent on the bursary, e suggest that you wait for the outcome before applying to avoid duplication.

Preference will be given to candidates from Africa and South Africa.

Application Process:

Applications close 1 May 2018, 12:00 SACT.

  1. Applicants must complete the online form to submit their details and apply to take part in the programme. This includes a field with a 300 word motivation of how the Winter School would benefit your research and track as a PhD candidate.
  2. Applicants have to upload the following documents as part of the application process. No documents will be accepted by email. Please make use of the following naming convention: your surname.typeoffile.programme (for example smit.curriculumvitae.edp.doc) etc.
Your application will not be complet you do not submit all the required documentation and you will be unable to submit the form.
    1. ​ Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
    2. Research outline including
      1. An abstract/summary of the research/article to be undertaken (roughly 400 words).
    3. A written approval / referee report
      1. On your university letterhead & containing your supervisor’s signature by the current (home) supervisor or head of department to endorse the applicant’s application. This will indicate the home supervisor’s approval for the applicant to participate in the ADA’s Summer School and provide legitimacy of applicant’s intention.
      2. We will a​ward a bonus point during the evaluation process if your supervisor also states your case and your suitability for the programme, in addition to simply endorsing your application.

After a vigorous selection process, the results will be made available shortly afterwards the closing date with the intention being to allow candidates to arrange for their visas and leave to travel.

The ADA reserves the right not to make any selections for the programme if enough applications have not been received. We also reserve the right to rescind any scholarship awards made, including if the delegate is unable to commit to the programme’s full duration.




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