Welcome to the African Doctoral Academy

African Doctoral Academy 

...rooted in Africa, global in reach...


The African Doctoral Academy (ADA) serves to coordinate and strengthen excellence in doctoral education at Stellenbosch University (SU) and across the African continent. The ADA’s bi-annual, two week long Doctoral Schools take place every year in Summer (January) and Winter (June-July) and aim to offer high impact research 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. Each week offers a number of workshops taking place concurrently and offers an intense and concentrated  training opportunity by experts in their fields. With delegates hailing from South Africa, Africa and beyond, these Doctoral Schools are an opportunity to network with fellow delegates and lecturers and exchange ideas and knowledge during the formal classes. Additional extra-curricular classes open to all delegates and the social evenings each week.  You can read some testimonials from our delegates that have attended these Doctoral Schools in the past. Since 2016 the ADA has presented Joint Doctoral Schools at Makerere University (Uganda), the Univeristy of Malawi as well as the University of Ghana with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

KU Leuven academics present at the 2017 ADA Summer and Winter School

KU Leuven (KUL) in Belgium is one of Stellenbosch University’s (SU) oldest partner institutions. Spanning more than 20 years the partnership was strengthened with the signing of the strategic Preferential Partnership agreement in May 2014. Cooperation between the two institutions include joint research projects & research activities, administrative cooperation, exchanging resident representatives, staff and student mobility. For the ADA, this has come as the ideal opportunity to create ties with KUL, rated the top innovative university in Europe by Reuters for its emphasis not only on pure academics, but also practical research and applied science.

For the first time in 2017, academics from the three doctoral schools at the renowned Belgium University, KU Leuven (KUL) will present at the ADA Summer School in January. The scholars from KUL’s Biomedical SciencesScience, Engineering & Technology and Humanities & Social Sciences doctoral schools have been invited to present workshops in their fields of expertise. This new collaboration comes after  Prof Danny Pieters, Vice Rector for International Policy at KUL visited Stellenbosch in 2015 to explore avenues of cooperation with SU. Read the full article here.

Sign up to our database to receive news about the upcoming winter school via adainfo@sun.ac.za .


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