Applications for PhD Training in Writing and Publication

The Directorate of Research and Graduate Training in collaboration with the African Doctoral Academy at Stellenbosch University announces two short Courses:

Course Date:  6th – 9th August 2018

Venue:  Makerere University

Who should apply :  Doctoral Students: Participants should be at the Thesis writing Stage

Maximum Number of Participants: 40

Closing Date for Applications:  Monday 1st August 2018 at 5:00 pm.

Admission is on first come first serve basis and eligibility.

Application Procedure

Please forward written applications indicating whether you are a doctoral student at the Thesis writing stage, your Gender, University, College, School, Department, telephone and e-mail contact address electronically to: and CC: Angela <>, or deliver a hard copy to the Division of Research, Innovations and Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), Lincoln House, Flat B5.

Employees of the Partner Public Universities are encouraged to apply. Break tea and Lunch will be provided during the course. However, please note that you will be expected to cover your own transport and accommodation costs.

Selected applicants will be informed through e-mail by the 3rd August, 2018.

Course Description:  

The four-day workshop focuses on comprehension and management of the publication process from the perspective of the author of a scholarly piece of work and the editor of a journal. This will involve Introduction to scholarly communication, overview of communication contexts, language and style in communication, structuring and editing scholarly work, the Publication process, critical review of scientific papers, ethics in scholarly writing and communication,scholarly communication in the sciences and social sciences/humanities, citation methods, using library resources for scholarly work.

Course Presentation:
The course will be presented over four days by three presenters; Professor Leslie Swartz, a clinical psychologist and a distinguished professor of psychology at Stellenbosch University; Ms. Selene Delport,  the Postgraduate Workshop Coordinator at Stellenbosch University’s Writing Lab; and Ms.Caroline Kobusingye, an academic librarian at Makerere University.


Prof Leslie Swartz is a clinical psychologist and a distinguished professor of psychology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.  He has published widely, mainly in the areas of disability studies and mental health.  He was founding editor in chief of the African Journal of Disability, and is associate editor of Transcultural Psychiatry and of International Journal of Disability, Development and Education.  He has received the Chancellor’s Award for scholarship at Stellenbosch University, and the Stals award for services to psychology from the South African Academy of Sciences and Arts.  An elected member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa, he has been principal investigator on a number of large research projects, and has worked on, or is working on a number of projects in Africa and further afield.  These include being Lead Research Partner for the Southern African Federation of tcontrihe Disabled (which represents disabled people’s organizations in ten southern African countries), international evaluator of the Australian Transcultural Mental Health Network for the Australian Commonwealth Government, and contributor to the International Olympic Committee panel on mental health of athletes.  He has been keynote speaker at a number of local and international conferences.  He is particularly interested in the development and dissemination of scholarship in Africa, and has run many workshops in this field in a range of countries.

Ms. Selene Delport is the Postgraduate Workshop Coordinator at Stellenbosch University’s Writing Lab. Selene tutored at various SU departments, including the English Literature Department, the Unit for Document Design and SciMathUS (a bridging course for post-matric students). She joined the Writing Lab team as a consultant in 2006. Since 2009, Selene has been presenting writing skills workshops for postgraduate students writing their theses and dissertations. She has also developed several other workshops for postgraduate students, including courses on plagiarism, research proposals and academic articles. Her research interests include African women’s writing and postgraduate students’ writing experiences.

Ms. Caroline Kobusingye is an academic librarian at Makerere University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Library and information Science, and she completed her research for the Masters of Science in Information Science, awaiting awarding of Degree at Makerere University. She has worked at Makerere University for the last twelve years. She Heads the Periodicals Section at Makerere University Main Library, and has served as the National E-resources Coordinator for the Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL) since 2012. She oversees the country’s e-resources activities which include: licensing and negotiations with the publishers, marketing and promoting the usage, trouble shooting to ensure institutions have seamless access to e-resources, monitoring and evaluation of the usage, organising and facilitating information literacy workshops among others. She coordinates situational needs analysis of library e-resources users and provides research support like relevant literature search and reference management for the individual users. Besides information literacy trainings within Uganda, she has extended her services to some of the neighbouring countries like South Sudan and Kenya. She has served over two thousand (200,000) students and about one hundred (100) library information professionals in e-resource usage, training in citation and reference management skills to meet their various information needs in the various academic disciplines. E-resources services are a day to day routine activity to both Makerere University Library Users and Consortium member institutions. She actively participates in library committees; like the acquisitions committee, e-resources and negotiations functional committee, annual library day committees among others.