ADA Summer School 2018

We are currently finalising planning for the 2018 Winter School. in the mean time please click HERE to recieve updates on the 2018 Winter School.

ADA Summer School:  4 - 19 January 2018 

Bookings have closed for January 2018

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. 

Below the programme, you will find more information on the course costs, formats and funding opportunities. 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 4 - 6 January 2018

1. 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.  (Course info) Bookings Closed: long waiting list. 

Week 1: 08 - 13 January 2018

Please note that each course below takes place from Monday to Thursday 8am - 4pm and Friday 9am to 1 pm.

2. Preparing for the PhD: A road map for your dissertation    

Dr Layla Cassim (ERS Consultants), Dr Nicoline Herman (SU) *Prescribed Toolkit R350.  (Course info

or 3. Introduction to quantitative research design and methodology

- Prof Tim Guetterman (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA). (Course info)

or 4. Introduction to qualitative research design and methodology 

- Prof Wayne Babchuk (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA) ​*Textbook: R450. (Course infoWaiting list starting to form (pending payments).

or 5. Essentials for "R" - an introduction

- Prof An Carbonez (KU Leuven, Belgium). (Course info)

or 6. Advanced qualitative data analysis with ATLAS.ti

- Dr Susanne Friese, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Göttingen, Germany. (Course info)

or 7. Introduction to SPSS 

- Dr Cindy Lee Steenekamp (SU). (Course info)

or 8. Writing and publishing an article during the final phases of the PhD 

- Dr Ruth Albertyn, Dr Christel Troskie-de Bruin (SU). (Course infoBookings Closed: long waiting list. 

or 9. Doctoral supervision: A theory-based and practical course for new and experienced supervisors

- Prof Jan Botha (SU) *Textbook R400. (Course info)

Book online.

Saturday 13 January 2018 

10. Grant writing fundamentals 

- Ms Riana Coetsee (SU) (Course infoBookings Closed: long waiting list. 

or 11. Project management principles: Planning and Execution for your PhD

- Mr Joubert van Eeden (SU) (Course infoBookings Closed: long waiting list. 

Book online.

Programme, Week 2: 15 - 19 January 2018 

Please note that each course below takes place from Monday to Thursday 8am - 4pm and Friday 9am to 1 pm.

or 12. Mixed methods research design

Prof Tim Guetterman (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA). (Course info

or 13. The productive PhD: Applying innovative thinking in research

- Prof Sebastian Kernbach (University of St Gallen, Switzerland). (Course infoBookings Closed: long waiting list.

or 14. Scientific article writing for novice writers in the life sciences

- Dr Maarten Ghequire (KU Leuven, Belgium). (Course info)

or 15. Effective scientific communication: Presenting a poster, writing an article, and giving an oral presentation

- Prof John Creemers (KU Leuven, Belgium), Ms Vicky Davis (SU). (Course info)

or 16. The Digital Scholar: Using emerging and multimedia technologies to further your research and teaching projects

- Prof Wim van Petegem (KU Leuven, Belgium), Dr JP Bosman (SU). (Course info)

or 17. Introduction to qualitative data analysis with ATLAS.ti

- Dr Lauren Wildschut (SU). (Course info)

or 18. Intermediary SPSSBetween a novice and an expert

- Dr Nelius Boshoff (SU)  *Textbook R600. (Course info)

Book online.


  • Preparatory Course: Creating a successful thesis or dissertation (4 - 6 January 2018): R3500
  • One day courses on 13 January 2018: R950
  • Early Bird Rate, excluding text books: R6800 (ends 9th October 2017, SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain this price until bookings close.) 
  • Standard Rate: R7600 (ends 13th November 2017)
  • Last day for payment: 13 November 2017
  • 10% rebate on the fees of the 2nd course, if a delegates registers for two, week-long courses. 
  • Courses with prescribed textbooks are noted with an asterisk* and the price of the material.
Each short course takes from Monday - Friday, making it possible to attend one course per week only. The Early Bird Rate  of R6800 (excluding textbooks) is valid for payment up to 9th October 2017 and the Standard Rate of R7 600 (excluding textbooks) up to 13th November 2017 when bookings close. A 10% rebate applies on your second course, should you attend both weeks (excluding the Preparatory and one-day courses). Textbooks are prescribed for some courses and their price is included in the above course fee. More information is available under the Workshop Information tab. 

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. We levy a small additional cost for those delegates wishing to visit the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on Sunday the 14th of January. 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 more information is listed per course under Workshop Information and Presenters Bios.
  • 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. Funding 


The ADA Doctoral Schools are self-funded through the fees that delegates pay. There are however, some limited funding opportunities available here, or please contact your research or funding office at you home institution if you need a scholarship to attend.

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