Facilitator: Dr Andrew Kaniki has for the last 19 years been an Executive Director at the National Research Foundation (NRF). In his role as Executive Director for Knowledge Advancement and Support, he was responsible for supporting and advancing knowledge in all fields through funding; and managed the national and international, bi-and multilateral funded research programmes. Prior to joining the NRF he was Professor of Information Science at the then University of Natal (now the University of KwaZulu Natal), he was an NRF C-Rated researcher, and between 2000 and 2002 was Pro-Vice Chancellor and Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at the same university. He also taught at the University of Zambia and worked as a Science Information Specialist at Carnegie-Mellon University, USA.


Target Group: The workshop is aimed at Doctoral candidates, Early Career Researchers and/or Emerging Researchers.


Background: The problem or research question or issue to be addressed is one of the key elements of any research project and even a long-term research programme. “Nailing” a research question that not only evokes passion and sustained interest in the researcher and the target audience, but also attracts research funding is critical for the success of any project and long-term research programme.


The purpose of this workshop is:

  • To explore various ways and sources of zeroing in on a “winning” research question for a short-term research project for a qualification or one that will attract research support and funding, present a continued passion for the researcher to pursue with vigour over a period and/or even one that would serve as the anchor for a long-term programme.


Additional Information: It is expected that participants will bring along their own partially developed/conceived research ideas and use them for development of a research question (or problem statement).


If you would like to attend the workshop above, please complete the following form and submit, after which you will receive an email indicating receipt of the form.

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The status of your registration will be communicated via email once registration has closed.








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This workshop is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) through the University Capacity Development Grant (UCDG)


Workshop Information

10 June 2023 (Saturday Programme)


To be confirmed 

Registration is open (online form available on this page).

Please note: Only 15 participants can be accommodated at this workshop


Enquiries: Jadine Januarie