Frequently Asked Questions.
The African Doctoral Academy (ADA) offers high quality research support and academic career development for current and prospective PhD candidates, their supervisors and postdoctoral fellows in all fields of study. We offer a yearly Summer and Winter School on the Stellenbosch Campus.
We will open the online booking form about three months before our next Doctoral School. When we have your registration, the ADA will confirm your choice of workshops and issue you with an invoice within 5 working days. As soon as we have your payment for the course your place is confirmed. Please remember that places are limited and fill up quickly - only a payment secures your place at the school. If you're not already on our database to receive notifications - please sign up here.
The ADA will close registrations for a course when it is fully booked. We will start a waiting list per course for interested parties. All registrations close a few weeks before the Doctoral Schools to allow us to prepare the materials.
If you are motivated and would like to learn new skills or develop as a researcher or academic, you are welcome to apply to the workshops you find interesting. The ADA Winter and Summer Schools are aimed mainly at prospective and current PhD candidates, their supervisors and postdoctoral fellows across all fields. Some workshops will have a specific focus (such as delegates in the Social Sciences), or require previous knowledge (like the Advanced ATLAS.ti courses that require previous proficiencies).
The ADA issues a certificate of attendance for delegates that were present at all 5 days of their workshops and settled their account. The courses are certified through the Stellenbosch University Short Course system and carry the NQF (National Qualification Framework) Levels. The course in Doctoral Supervision carries a certificate of competence if the assignments were completed to the satisfaction of the course presenter. We do not offer ECTS credit or similar, but you can work in units of 40 hours per week.
The price per workshop includes all lectures, readers and notes. We will supply you with a 'conference pack' that includes an ADA bag and stationery. We also supply refreshments at tea time, and lunch is your own account. The course fee does not cover accommodation and travel to the Winter or Summer Schools. Where applicable we prescribe textbooks and offer them at a reduced rate.
The ADA does not offer any funding or standard bursaries. However, from time to time we will receive funds from external institutions that will allow us to offer certain bursaries. As soon as they become available, we will notify the databases. For PhD candidates registered at Stellenbosch University, we offer assistantships - more info here.
Travel is at your own costs. However, we provide free shuttles services
to and from Cape Town International Airport.
The ADA offices are situated within the PGIO in the RW Wilcocks Building (building nr 71 on this downloadable map
). You can find us in Rooms 3018 and 3017 on the third floor. The classrooms are mostly in the Wilcocks building and will be clearly marked.
We can help organise access to our library for those students not enrolled at Stellenbosch University if you do not want to use the lecture rooms.
You will receive a confirmation email that is generated automatically by the booking system. We will also follow up with you in person via email to confirm with you to follow up on your invoicing and other requirements.
The only way to ensure that your place is secured it to pay your fees as soon as possible. The ADA will issue you with a pro-forma invoice upon registration to confirm your courses, the prices that you will be paying (early bird or standard rate, trips to the Waterfront etc.). Then we will ask you to register on the Short Course system to generate the correct invoice number. Please make sure the right name(s) as used in the registration form and invoice reference number is added to the proof you send for prompt administration.
The African Doctoral Academy's Doctoral Schools are held in and aroudn the RW Wilcocks building at Stellenbosch University. The University is located in the centre of the historic town of Stellenbosch (map) and is within walking distance of a number of hotels and guest houses.
Please note: Not all of the below places of accommodation are situated within walking distance of Stellenbosch University. Please consider travel arrangements when making your booking. While Stellenbosch has some Uber cars, taxis are not in steady supply. Remember, for those of you arriving at Cape Town international or the Bus station, we're offering a complimentary shuttle service, courtesy of the ADA.
If you are looking for accommodation for one of our Schools, please contact one Stellenbosch Tourism Office whoe are able to help you arrange accommodation at a range of price points. More info...
Nationals from a number of countries need a visa to travel to South Africa. Please ensure that you are aware of your requirements and we advise you apply early so that you obtain your visa in time. Once you have registered we are happy to issue a letter of invitation for you for the dates of the summer school so that you can apply. To issue the letter you would need to send us the passport data page and institutional affiliation.
Travellers to South Africa may require yellow fever vaccination certificate, and it is the responsibility of each delegate to avail him/herself of the regulations pertaining to his/her departure country. The following links provide some more information: here and here.
The Summer and Winter Schools typically have a number of workshops and courses that are presented over two weeks. Each week's classes are presented at the same time so it is possible to follow only one course per week each. The workshops are typically presented from 09:00 to 13:00 and again from 14:00 onwards, with time for delegates to either see the presenters with their individual questions in the afternoon or work on their reading and assignments. For the computer programme based classes, a computer lab with the latest versions of the software is supplied.
We endeavour to keep the costs of the workshops at the Doctoral Schools low and offer good value for money for our delegates. Each course is priced individually, excluding textbooks. Please check the course information for prices.
This will depend entirely on your specific request. If you let us know well in advance we will try and make a plan if there is space for you. However, we cannot change the classes you have enrolled for later than a month before the School starts, as there are logistical implications. For logistical reasons, no changes may be made a month before the courses start.
The ADA has decided to rather offer delegates the freedom and variety to choose where they will take their lunchtime meals as SU and the ADA does not have a central catering facility, but we offer a daily morning tea and refreshments. The Neelsie Student Centre and the nearby Eikestad Mall offer good value for money meals. The Stellenbosch restaurant scene is much celebrated and offers world class cuisine through to good value for money food much loved by our students - for those that would like to take their meals off campus (at own cost).
There is so much you can do at your free time in Stellenbosch. You can find information about what you can do at Stellenbosch at www.stellenbosch.travel
and a booklet will be provided on arrival that will guide you on how to get around Stellenbosch.
If you can no longer attend due to unforeseen circumstances you can cancel your attendance up to a month before the School starts. We will ask a 15% processing fee and can reimburse you. If you cancel your attendance less than ta month before the School starts, and we cannot fill your place, we will not be able to reimburse you.
There are a number of laundromats in town and in on campus - please ask us where you can find one close to your accommodation.