AERC - African Economic Research Consortium
AERC also conducts methodology workshops for AERC sponsored researchers, which are designed to 'sharpen research skills and expose the network to relevant developments'. These aim to provide researcher with experience of different research techniques and methodologies including time series econometrics, poverty mapping and macro-econometric modelling.
The African School of Fundamental Physics and its Application has been established to build capacity to harvest and interpret the results of current and future physics experiments with particle accelerators, and to increase proficiency in related applications, such as medicine, and technologies, such as IT. The school is being organized in a Sub-Saharan African country every second year and it is based on a close interplay between theoretical, experimental, and applied physics. The first school took place in Stellenbosch, South Africa on 1-21 August 2010 and the second edition of the biennial school in KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana from July 15th to Aug 4th 2012. The School is a non-profit organization, which provides partial or full financial support to 50 of the selected students, with priority to Sub-Saharan African students. The lectures are addressed to students in Fundamental Physics with at least a background of 4 years of university formation. Lectures may be an interesting complement for PhD academic lectures. Depending on circumstances we may consider opening the school to young researchers as well.
Annual joint advanced seminars to equip cohorts of doctoral students from participating African universities with strong conceptual, technical, analytical, writing, leadership and professional skills.
Research Training Workshops. Postgraduate methods workshops, conducted by CODESRIA. Includes workshops on methodology, training of trainers and writing for scholarly publishing. Workshops are structured as research seminars, and are co-hosted with local universities which draw participants from several disciplines and countries. The workshops also offer participants an opportunity to build research networks and receive input into their work. Methodology workshops are for those selected under the small grants programme; other researchers who are not awarded grants are not eligible. Training of trainers workshops target those responsible for methods teaching in their respective universities.
CODESRIA - Council for Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Sub-Regional Methodology Workshops for Social Research in Africa. Designed for early career African researchers to fill the gaps in their formal and informal training. Aimed at doctoral and Master’s students as well as young, mid-career researchers. Senior researchers are involved as resource persons. In 2010, the workshops were held in Nigeria (for Anglophone west and central Africa) and Algeria (for North Africa).
Research Methodology Institute. Short-term training in social science research methodology. The training focuses on emerging thinking in social science research, ethical issues in social science research, mainstreaming gender and environmental issues, developing research proposals, choosing study approaches and designs, planning and managing social science research and writing a research report. It was not possible to ascertain how regularly these run, however.
Runs Summer and winter school each year (Jan & July). Summer School in Social Science Research Methods. January 2012 (unsponsored but fees subsidised) . Organises a one-week certificate course for doctoral supervisors, a series of modular (one week courses) in research methodology and social theory that are presented throughout the academic year, scholarship workshops (1 - 2 days) that involve hands-on skills training in key research competencies primarily aimed at students to assist them in the development and finalisation of their doctoral proposals; seminar series (2-days) on the management of doctoral studies aimed at a more general audience of university directors and managers (Deans/ Directors of Research Offices/ Post-graduate offices) who support doctoral studies at their institutions.