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AISCR offers capacity building programmes for Master’s and Doctoral students in collaboration with academic institutions to build capacity, professional, authorities and individuals in order to accelerate and assist them complete their studies.

RESEARCH PROPOSAL WRITING WORKSHOP

Purpose:

This workshop aims to maximize support to graduate students intending to apply for research opportunities. It is therefore designed to prepare graduate students with the essential concepts and tools for preparing and writing an effective research proposal. Participants attending the workshop will have the opportunity to draft a research proposal and gain feedback on writing submission from peers and a supportive critical reader.

To attend this workshop, participants should have a provisional research proposal or a potential problem that would be investigated.

Target Audience:

The workshop is aimed at:

  • Postgraduate (master and doctoral) students;
  • Young academics and researchers who intend to improve their skills in helping students;
  • Newly registered postgraduate students; and
  • Anybody who interns enrolling for a postgraduate study.

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the reasons to pursue a postgraduate study and whether the expectations are realistic.
  • Explore the main requirements, structures and problems with undertaking a post graduate qualification.
  • Demonstrate how to set a realistic, manageable and impactful research question.
  • Describe and be able to implement the steps required in conducting a literature search, planning, organising and writing the literature review.
  • Discuss what theoretical approach would be useful for the research proposal.
  • Compare different research design and methodological choices.
  • Summarise what you have learned from this course into a first draft of a research proposal.

WORKSHOP ON QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

This workshop is designed to capacitate research scholars in Africa on the various research methods available for supply chain research. The workshop will expose participants to the critical perspectives in supply chain research to make them more critical and reflective about their own research projects. It therefore seeks to enable participants disseminate research findings using the appropriate design and methodological choices; differentiate between quantitative and qualitative research approaches and equip them with the ability to identify methodological and statistical pitfalls.

Target audience:

The workshop is aimed at:

  • Postgraduate (master and doctoral) students;
  • Young academics, lecturers and researchers who intend to improve research knowledge of skills;
  • Faculty seeking direction on supervising research; and
  • Anybody who wants to develop an understanding of research.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this workshop, the audience should be able to:

  • Understand and navigate the school of thought that guide research design and its methodologies.
  • Select and define appropriate research problem and parameters.
  • Prepare a project proposal with sound methodological choices.
  • Use appropriate data collection strategies that has design coherence.
  • Formulate inclusion/exclusion criteria and sound research instruments
  • Write and produce reports, articles and thesis with sound research methods.
  • Review an article and submit the report.

ACADEMIC WRITING SKILLS WORKSHOP

Purpose

This workshop is purposely designed for postgraduate students, young scholars and independent researchers who would like to improve their academic writing and research skills in order to succeed in studies and career. The workshop presents participants with the opportunity to refine their academic writing skills in an interactive, practical way and to receive answers about academic writing in general. The workshop is organised to provide maximum hands-on practice for participants. Each session will include explanations, examples, exercises, and texts to help the participants develop techniques for working productively at different stages of the scholarly writing process.

Target audience

The workshop is aimed at:

  • Postgraduate (master and doctoral) students; and
  • Young academics and researchers who intend to improve their academic writing skills.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop you should be able to:

  • use a writing method and style which is appropriate for scientific articles, master’s and PhD theses
  • account for how a text is structured with respect to a selected theory, genre, language use and argumentation
  • To gain an appreciation of what quality means in the context of academic writing;
  • To understand the nuances of writing different sections of the postgraduate dissertation/thesis;
  • To develop the ability to appropriately frame and structure a research argument using evidence as per disciplinary conventions;
  • To understand the requirements of publication; and
  • To reflect upon the social issues that are prevailing in the society, use research as a tool to find out the empirical evidence and write quality report to sensitize the society.

POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION WORKSHOP FOR EMERGING SUPERVISORS

Purpose:

This workshop is designed to capacitate emergent postgraduate supervisors develop best practice in postgraduate supervision. Participants will be able to advance practical knowledge, skills and capabilities postgraduate supervision drawing from examples. The workshop also encourages and empower emergent supervisors who are looking for innovative ways of engaging with the challenges and opportunities of research supervision emerging from an African, local and regional contexts.

Target audience:

The workshop is suitable for:

  • Emergent and experienced postgraduate research supervisors;
  • Experienced postgraduate research supervisors who intend to improve their supervision skills;
  • Internal examiners of research degrees;
  • Directors of research studies; and
  • Academic developers responsible for the professional development of supervisors.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this workshop, the audience should be able to:

  • Build postgraduate supervisory skills and capacity
  • Create awareness of and the power of supervisory relationship;
  • Understand the notion of scholarship to advance teaching and learning;
  • Create an interactive and inclusive environment for student expectations and exchange of ideas and practices; and
  • Provide a solid, holistic platform from which to build future supervision practices.

RESOURCE MOBILISATION AND GRANT MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

Background:

This workshop is designed for individuals who wish to develop skills on resource mobilisation and grant management. It aims to build capacity of participants to increase their confidence to conceptualise, initiate and secure resources that align to their institution’s strategic plans. Furthermore, the workshop will build the capacity of participants with effective management skills of those resources for sustainability of the vision and missions of their projects and institutions.

This workshop will be facilitated by experienced researchers with track record of winning globally competitive grants, proven record of successful management and implementation of complex research projects.

Target audience:

This workshop has been designed primarily for:

  • Individual wishing to develop skills on grant proposal writing
  • Private organisation seeking to mobilise resource for their work
  • Non-Governmental organisation seeking funding to support their work
  • Governmental organisations seeking additional funds to support projects
  • Post-doctoral fellows, and doctoral students seeking funds to conduct research in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the concepts of resource mobilisation and grant writing
  • Outline the rationale of grant proposal writing
  • Describe the process of resource mobilisation and grant writing
  • Explain the key requirements for successful grant proposal writing
  • Develop and submit a wining proposal
  • Develop a resource mobilisation strategy

PAN AFRICAN WRITING RETREAT

AISCR offers postgraduate supply chain students’ opportunity for writing retreats. Students spend a week at a writing retreat hosted at a quiet, picturesque locations in the continent. Experts from Universities, and experienced writing coaches assist students during the writing retreat. The retreat offers extensive structured time to write and develop effective writing strategies alongside fellow students. The retreat culminate with students doing speed presentations of their proposed research for input and discussion.

Benefits of attendance:

  • Have sustained writing time to develop effective rhythms for writing;
  • Make significant progress on a lengthy piece of writing;
  • Opportunity to discuss writing process, share goals, and offer support to build structures of accountability; and
  • Benefits knowledge of best-practice writing skills and time management.

A suitable and convenient venue shall be organised for the retreat.

Contact us for more information to register to be part of the writing retreat.

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