Astronomy in Africa Scholarships for African Students (Fully funded) – 2022
African students with exceptional intellect are welcome to apply for Astronomy in Africa Scholarships from the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Starting in 2023, the scholarships will enable exceptional individuals to pursue a two-year Master of Science (MSc) degree in South Africa.
About Astronomy in Africa Scholarships
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) will host its 32nd General Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2024 (GA2024). This is the first time in the 100+ year history of the IAU that the General Assembly will be held in Africa, which provides a prime opportunity to showcase the cutting-edge research infrastructure and excellent talent in the science areas on the continent.
In anticipation of the 32nd General Assembly, the National Organising Committee of the IAU GA2024 seeks to award high-impact “Astronomy in Africa” scholarships to eligible African candidates that align with the hosting of this historical event. The scholarships will allow excellent candidates to undertake a two-year Master of Science (MSc) degree in South Africa starting in 2023.
The Africa 2024 scholarships will cover international student fees, one international return flight, visa costs, medical insurance, accommodation, and stipend. In addition, scholarship recipients will benefit from the opportunity to volunteer at the General Assembly in 2024, giving them an opportunity to interact with the global astronomy community.
Scholarship Sponsor(s): International Astronomical Union (IAU)
Host Institution(s): Recognised South African Universities
Scholarship Worth: Fully-funded
Number of Awards: Several
Study Level: Master of Science (MSc)
Nationality: African Students
Application Deadline: October 07, 2022
To be eligible for Astronomy in Africa Scholarships for African Students, applicants are expected to meet the following conditions:
- Candidates from any African country are eligible to apply for Astronomy in Africa scholarships.
- Applicants must be eligible to register for an MSc degree at a South African university specialising in astrophysics/astronomy.
- Candidates must have liaised with potential supervisors from recognised South African universities.
- Potential supervisors must provide an accompanying letter of support for the candidate, which includes a brief statement of the proposed research project
All successful applicants for Astronomy in Africa Scholarships will receive the following benefits:
- International student fees
- One international return flight
- Visa costs
- Medical insurance,
- Accommodation, and
In addition, scholarship recipients will benefit from the opportunity to volunteer at the General Assembly 2024, giving them an opportunity to interact with the global astronomy community.
How to Apply for Astronomy in Africa Scholarships for African Students
Interested applicants for Astronomy in Africa Scholarships for African Students should comply with the following steps:
- Apply online below
- Arrange to have one reference letter to be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, by the application deadline, and with your name in the subject line.
- Candidates must submit a motivation and upload a CV (maximum of 2-pages, 12-pt font), recent academic transcripts and a scan of their undergraduate degree certificate.
- Candidates must upload a letter of support from their potential supervisor. The letter must include a brief statement of the proposed research project.
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