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Astronomy in Africa Scholarships 2022 Application Update


Astronomy in Africa Scholarships: Applications for the Astronomy in Africa Scholarships are now being accepted from eligible students. It is a fully paid fellowship offered by the International Astronomical Union to all students (IAU).

Astronomy in Africa Scholarships 2022 Application Update

Astronomy in Africa Scholarships

About the Scholarship

In 2024, Cape Town, South Africa, will play home to the 32nd General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) (GA2024).

The General Assembly will be convened in Africa for the first time in the IAU’s over 100-year existence, which presents a unique chance to highlight the continent’s innovative research infrastructure and top-notch scientific expertise.

The National Organizing Committee of the IAU GA2024 wants to give high impact “Astronomy in Africa” scholarships to qualified African candidates before the 32nd General Assembly, which is aligned with the hosting of this historic event.

Starting in 2023, the scholarships will enable exceptional individuals to pursue a two-year Master of Science (MSc) degree in South Africa.

Benefits of Astronomy in Africa Scholarships

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 2024, giving them an opportunity to interact with the global astronomy community.

Requirements for Astronomy in Africa Scholarships

1. Candidates from any African country are eligible to apply for Astronomy in Africa scholarships.

2. Applicants must be eligible to register for a MSc degree at a South African university specialising in astrophysics/astronomy.

3. Candidates must have liaised with potential supervisors from recognised South African universities.

4. Potential supervisors must provide an accompanying letter of support for the candidate, which includes a brief statement of the proposed research project.

Selection Process

1. Short-listing will take place through the Science sub-committee of the GA2024 NOC, along with external reviewers.

2. Applicants will be shortlisted based on academic grades, quality of motivation, suitability for research as assessed through reference letter and CV, and the associated letter of support from the potential supervisor.

Diversity and regional representation will be taken into account during the short-listing process. Preference will be given to non-South African applicants.

3. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a virtual interview during 24 October to 4 November 2022.

4. Successful candidates (and supervisors) will be notified during the week of 7-11 November 2022.


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Application Deadline

October 7, 2022.

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