8th Annual ADA Winter School 2017: 26 June - 7 July

8th Annual 2017 ADA Winter School:  26 June - 7 July 2017 

Bookings closed for the ADA Winter School 2017.

The 2017 ADA Winter School in Research Methods and Academic Career Development will take place from 26 June - 7 July 2017. The 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 (link).

Below the programme, you will find more information on the course costs and formats.

Programme, Week 1: 26 - 30 June 2017

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1. Mixed Methods Research Design: A practical introduction to Mixed Methods Research.   

- Prof Tim Guetterman (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA). Bookings Closed.

2.  Essentials for R - an introduction 

- Prof Koen Plevoets (KU Leuven, Belgium). Bookings Closed.

3. Preparing for the PhD

- Prof Susan van Schalkwyk (SU), Dr Layla Cassim (Layla Cassim ERS) *Prescribed Toolkit R300.  Bookings Closed.

4. Designing, doing and publishing Case Studies 

- Prof Michael Gibbert (University of Lugano, Switzerland). Bookings Closed.

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

- Prof Wim van Petegem (KU Leuven, Belgium). Bookings Closed.

6. Becoming a Lecturer: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

- Prof Magda Fourie-Malherbe, Prof Eli Bitzer, Dr Sonja Strydom (SU) *Textbook R250. Bookings Closed.

7. Writing and publishing an Article during the final phases of the PhD 

- Dr Ruth Albertyn, Dr Christel Troskie-de Bruin (SU). Bookings Closed.

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Programme, Week 2: 3 - 7 July 2017 

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8. Designing and Implementing Qualitative Research (new)

- Prof Wayne Babchuk (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA) ​*Textbook: R450. Bookings Closed.

9. The Productive PhD: Creating structure, gaining clarity & overcoming blocks (new) 

- Prof Sebastian Kernbach (University of St Gallen, Switzerland).  Bookings Closed.

10. Doctoral Supervision A Theory-based and Practical Course for new and novice supervisors

- Prof Jan Botha (SU) *Textbook R400. Bookings Open. Bookings Closed.

11. Introduction to Qualitative Data Analysis with ATLAS.ti (version 8)

- Prof Brigitte Smit (UNISA). Bookings Closed.

12. Introduction to SPSS 

- Dr Cindy Lee Steenekamp (SU).  Bookings Closed.

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  • Early Bird Rate, excluding text books: R6800 (ends 24 April, SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain this price until bookings close.) 
  • Standard Rate: R7600 (ends 26 May)
  • 10% rebate on the fees of the 2nd course, if a delegates takes two 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 (R6800 excluding textbooks) is valid for payment up to 24 April and the Standard Rate of R7 600 up to 26 May when bookings close. A 10% rebate applies on your second course, should you attend both weeks. 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, 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 2nd of July. 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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