Funding for Early Career Fellows (ECF)

Residency Fellowship - Early Career candidates (ECF)

Applications are now closed

Through the generous funding of the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY), the African Doctoral Academy (ADA) is privileged to offer a number of short term (1– 3 months) Early Career Fellows (ECF) residency awards at SU to candidates nearing their PhD completion, who require funding to finalise their degrees or publish an article from their dissertation. Applications closed.

A few places are open to candidates from Africa, with a maximum of one candidate from South Africa. Delegates will be hosted as cohorts, starting from 08th January 2018. The candidates will have the option to attend the course on Writing and Publishing during the 2 week-long ADA Summer School from 08th to 19th January 2018.


Candidates in any discipline, about to graduate with their PhD degrees, or candidates who have recently submitted their PhD dissertation for examination and want to spend time at a world-class research university to take advantage of the resources and systems on offer at Stellenbosch University.

Preference will be given to:

1.       Candidates with a current co-supervisor at Stellenbosch University, but are not registered at Stellenbosch University.

-          This is an opportunity for co-supervised PhD candidates that require funding to spend some weeks with their co-supervisor at Stellenbosch University. This programme is intended to provide delegates the opportunity to complete their research, fieldwork, or collaborate on additional research or writing a publication.

-          This call does not exclude students that do not have a supervisor or academic host but preference will be given to candidates where an existing academic relationship is already in place.

PLEASE note - this is to be an existing relationship or collaboration, as we are not able to pay the SU staff to supervise you while you are here... For this reason we state that this is for existing collaborations or projects. However, the grant still allows for delegates to attend SU, even if there is no academic host on this side. Instead of contacting staff at SU that you have no formal, former bond with, rather state on your application how you will work around not having an academic host. 

2.       Candidates who have already submitted their PhDs and require some time to focus on producing a publication from their dissertation.

3.       Candidates from under-resourced programmes or universities at CCNY-funded projects and Historically Disadvantaged Institutions in South Africa are encourage to apply.

4.       Students from CCNY Projects at SU will not be excluded, but will have to compete with other candidates.

Application Process closed.

  1. Applicants must complete the online form to submit their details and register intent to partake in the programme.
  1. Applicants are requested to email the following documents to Ms Amalsha Galhenage at clearly marked  with the following information and making use of the following naming format: your surname.typeoffile.programme  (for example smith.curriculumvitae.ecf.docx) etc.

The required documentation is as follows:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
  1. letter of motivation no longer than 500 words addressed to Ms Amalsha Galhenage at The letter of motivation should include why the candidate is the ideal choice for the residency, and how it will benefit the completion of their degrees and possible articles (as relevant)
  1. Research outline including
  1. An abstract / summary of the research / article to be undertaken
  1. A written approval / referee report (on university letterhead & signed by the candidate's supervisor - in the case that a candidate has already graduated, we would also accept a motivation from their department or employer) by the current (home) supervisor to endorse the applicant’s residency / fellowship application.  This will indicate home supervisor’s approval for the applicant to participate and provides legitimacy of applicant’s intention.
  1. A document with your goals as a resident at Stellenbosch University (for example: using equipment, resources, the library, etc.) and possibly even develop a programme with your supervisor, including the Summer School. Please contact us at should you require any further information on the resources on offer. More information can also be found on our website with specific reference to Workshop Information.

The Residency covers the following items, and will be adjusted within budget as the candidate expresses their goals for their time at SU and the ADA:

  • Student accommodation (own room with shared kitchen and bathroom), economy airfare and shuttles to and from Cape Town International Airport*
  • Visa costs and travel insurance where applicable**
  • Registration on SU system as a visiting academic, with access to most resources available to registered Postgraduate students.
  • Writing Centre consultations
  • Possible enrolment in one course offered at the ADA Summer School taking place from 08th - 19th January 2018.
  • We request that the home institution or hosting department cover the cost of the candidate's daily subsistence allowance.

*Please note that changes to flights or additional nights stay will be at your own cost. Flights are determined from the home institutions where the delegates are registered.

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

Below are the available dates for the residency as well as their duration

Residency Period Duration                           
08 January - 08 February 4 weeks
08 January - 08 March 8 weeks
08 January - 08 April 12 weeks

Applications will close 30th September 2017 and after a vigorous selection process, the results will be made available shortly afterwards with the intention being to allow candidates adequate time 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 recieved. We also reserve the right to recind any scholarship awards made, if the delegate is unable to commit to the programme's full duration.


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