The University of Cape Town (UCT) Researcher Development Academy (RDA) supports the advancement of scholarship in Africa by providing professional training and development to researchers at all stages of their careers.
Based at UCT, Africa’s leading university, the RDA offers capacity building programmes aimed at developing research capacity and excellence. Our approach is collaborative and involves forging partnerships and working together with institutions on the continent.
The programmes we offer are built on the extensive experience we have gained in developing and delivering the successful Emerging Researcher Programme at UCT since 2003. Our programmes run between two to five days with content customised to suit the needs of the host institution. All our programmes are presented by expert facilitators in the field of researcher development who are PhD-qualified and have research and publishing experience.
Through our programmes, we are committed to strengthening the representation of African scholars internationally by ensuring that researchers across the continent reach their full potential.
What can the Researcher Development Academy do for you?
AS A RESEARCHER
The RDA will help you to:
build a successful academic career
improve the quality of your and your team’s research
get published and grow your network
AS AN INSTITUTION
The RDA will help you to:
strengthen your research enterprise
cultivate your next generation of research leaders
increase your research visibility and impact
Programme for Emerging Researchers in South Africa
This is a four-day immersion programme aimed at academics who are not yet established researchers. Each day addresses one key element of a successful research career: understanding context and planning research goals, pursuing and supervising a master’s degree or PhD, publishing and sharing research, identifying funding opportunities and writing a winning grant proposal.
Participants will leave the programme with a strong foundation for a successful research career.
Programme for Emerging Researchers in Africa
This programme’s content is similar to that for the Programme for Emerging Researchers in South Africa but adapted for institutions elsewhere in Africa.
These programmes are tailored to your institution's needs. They run for two to five days and are designed in consultation with you: they build on your strengths and address your needs, and can be cross-disciplinary or targeted at particular disciplines or disciplinary clusters.
The potential topics cover: grant proposal writing, writing for publications, pursuing master’s and PhD degrees, supervising master’s and PhD degrees, navigating postgraduate studies, career and research planning and research ethics and integrity.
We can also develop a programme on a specific topic of interest to you.
Long-term researcher development partnerships
With this option, the RDA undertakes to support the development of research capacity at your institution over a specified timeline (ideally, two to three years) in collaboration with you. Through our partnership, we will get to know your institution and design programmes to address your needs.
The goal is to help develop a new generation of research leaders at your institution.
To book a programme or for more information, fill in this form:
University of Cape Town
Allan Cormack House
2 Rhodes Avenue
Cape Town, South Africa