Funding for New PhD Candidates

Scholarship for PhD candidates at the start of their careers

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 limited number of candidates the opportunity to attend the ADA Summer School at Stellenbosch University in January 2018 on the Early Doctoral Programme (EDP).

The ADA offers research and methodology training at their bi-annual Summer and Winter Schools. For more information, please visit our ADA website to learn about our programme. On the ADA website, more information on the kinds of courses we offer, which courses are right for you, and our Frequently Asked Questions page can be accessed.

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 individual capacity with skills such as creating a quality thesis, and hand in on time.


·         Candidates across all disciplines, in the early phases of their PhDs (or just about to enrol) should apply.

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

The programme includes the following:

  • The foundation course taking place from 4 - 6 January 2018
  • Two of the week-long courses at the ADA Summer School, of which one could be Preparing for the PhD (takes place in the first week 08th - 12th January and is a recommended course)
  • Self-catering apartments in Stellenbosch*
  • Return Economy airfare to and from Cape Town International Airport, if applicable* 
  • Ground Transport to and from Cape Town International Airport.

*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.

We request that the candidate's home institution sponsors the candidate’s daily subsistence allowance.

 Application Process closed

1. Applicants must complete the online form to submit their details and apply to take part in the programme. Once applicants have submitted registration forms, they will be supplied with a unique reference number.

2. Applicants are requested to email the following documents to Ms Amalsha Galhenage at Documents must be clearly marked, making use of the following naming convention: your surname.typeoffile.programme (for example dutoit.curriculumvitae.edp.doc) etc.

The information required is as follows:

- A Curriculum Vitae (Resume)

- A 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 detail how this training will benefit the completion of the candidate's degrees and possible further research (as relevant).

3. Research outline including

- An abstract/summary of the research/article to be undertaken.

- A written approval / referee report (on university letterhead & supervisor's signature) by the current (home) supervisor 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.

Applications will open mid September. After a vigorous selection process, the results will be made available shortly afterwards 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 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.


Applications close 30th September 2017.


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