Open Call For Proposals: Field Attachment Program Award (FAPA)


Proposals will be accepted throughout 2017

The Field Attachment Program Award (FAPA) is a competitive grants program designed as graduate student internship to link thesis research findings and recommendations to application and use at community level. The FAPA grants are intended to provide opportunity for dissemination of research outputs with a view to inform policy development and hone students’ skills in working with communities to use the research outputs that have been generated.

The FAPA is exclusively targeting RUFORUM supported MSc students who are in the process of finalising (completed MSc thesis and submitted for examination) their MSc level training.

The Field Attachment Awards (FAPA) are designed to encourage students to follow through with the dissemination of their research and to enable them to link more closely with the agencies working in the area where their research was carried out. It is established for those students who have developed a useful intervention, product or service as part of their Project and who have handed in their thesis, have no more stipend due from the GRG or CARP, but who could make a more meaningful impact if they stay on for a few more months and provide advisory services related to their research. Each applicant is expected to provide a short motivation that outlines what they will be doing, how it will contribute to the communities, and also to the graduate’s own development.

The FAPA is designed to give students real world experience and contacts with development and advisory agencies. All applications will be required to have a supporting letter from their Supervisor and from the Dean of Faculty, and applications will be strengthened if they also have a commitment letter from the community and or/ a government agency, NGO, or a private company that they will be hosting the student for their FAPA activities.

The award provides only for a living stipend and limited travel for three to four months. It is designed to link the student closely with a service provider in the area and to give them work experience.

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African Doctoral Academy Summer School Next intake 9-20 January 2017

Summer School 2017 – programme and fees

The Summer School is drawing near and we’ve had a few requests around our programme for 2017.

While we are putting the finishing touches on our programme, I would like to share some of the highlights of the coming Summer School with you. The 8th annual Summer School will take places from 9 – 20 January over two weeks. As always, the focus is firmly on offering high quality research interventions and methodology training for PhD candidates, their supervisors and researchers.

Please read on for a sneak peek into the initial programme and fees structure, so you’re ready to book. We’ll be adding a number of courses during the next few days before publishing the full programme and opening the registration.

Core Programme

In addition to some new and innovative courses, rest assured that we’re again presenting the ‘core’ courses that are typically in demand with our participants.

Preparing for the PhD: This introductory course addresses a number of the difficulties new PhD candidates are often faced with. We work through the PhD process, taking you from the proposal and background to your study through to dealing with your examiner feedback and everything in between. Included is a Postgraduate Toolkit that will help to guide you as your move through your research and dissertation writing.

If you’re attending Preparing for the PhD, the following two courses would also help you in designing your studyInterviewing and Qualitative Data Analysis remains one of our most popular courses, presented by ‘resident’ expert, Prof Max Bergman. Prof Bergman, the chair of Social Research and Methodology at Basel University, Switzerland is also widely published in the field and the current chair for the World Sustainability Forum 2017 conference to be held in Cape Town in January 2017. We will also host Prof Tim Guetterman, an applied research methodologist, from the University of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA offering a complimentary course in Designing a Mixed Methods Research Study.

Data Analysis: This year sees the release of a new version of ATLAS.ti. Version 8 will not just be a regular upgrade. It is re-programmed from scratch and has a whole new look and feel, and we have been fortunate to again have Dr Susanne Friese present the course for the us. She was also very involved in the remodelling of the programme and this would be a golden opportunity for existing trainers to receive training on the new programme. Due to the new version being phased in, there will be no advanced course taking place at the coming Summer School. We will again host an introduction to SPSS (Dr Cindy Lee Steenekamp), and a more advanced SPSS course by Dr Nelius Boshoff.

Furthering your writing/publishing and supervision skills: for those candidates that are at a stage where they are generating articles from their dissertations, we are offering Writing and Publishing from the PhD with Dr Ruth Albertyn. You will be offered the opportunity to work with a writing coach that will not only give you valuable tips and tools for writing a successful article, but also help you refine your draft. Prof Jan Botha will be facilitating our competence course on Doctoral Supervision. Read more

The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund 2016/2017 Call for Applications (new guidelines)



The Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub, located in Nairobi, Kenya, is a shared agricultural research and biosciences platform that exists to increase access for African researchers to affordable, world-class research facilities.  The mission of the BecA-ILRI Hub is Mobilizing Bioscience for Africa’s Development by providing a centre for excellence in agricultural biosciences, which enables research, capacity building and product incubation, conducted by scientists in Africa and for Africa, and empowers African institutions to harness innovations for regional impact. This mission is achieved by the BecA–ILRI Hub’s contributions to:

  • Research: enabling research to harness the potential of the biosciences to contribute to increasing agricultural productivity and to improving food and nutritional safety and security.
  • Education: contributing to the education and training of the next generation of African agricultural research leaders and scientists.
  • Innovation: promoting the development, delivery and adoption of new technologies to address key agricultural productivity constraints.

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