SKA SA Undergraduate and Honours Bursary Programme in South Africa, 2015

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South African Square Kilometre Array is awarding undergraduate and Honors bursary programme for South African applicants. The bursary is awarded for a Bachelor of Science–Honours degree majoring in Physics and Mathematics and for a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Electronic Engineering or Mechanical Engineering only) at a South African university. The bursary covers tuition fees, living costs (rent, food, travel etc.) and for books and stationery. Online applications should be submitted by 15 August 2014.

Study Subject(s): Bursary is awarded for a Bachelor of Science–Honours degree majoring in Physics and Mathematics and for a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Electronic Engineering or Mechanical Engineering only) at a South African university.
Course Level: Bursary is awarded for pursuing undergraduate and Honors degree at South African universities.
Scholarship Provider: South African Square Kilometre Array
Scholarship can be taken at: South Africa

Eligibility: The following students are eligible for an SKA SA undergraduate or honors bursary:
1. South African citizens ONLY.
2. Students who wish to study, or are studying, towards a Bachelor of Science degree; majoring in Physics and Mathematics, at a South African university.
3. Students who wish to study towards a Bachelor of Science – Honors degree at a South African university; and who majored in Physics and Mathematics at the undergraduate level,
4. Students who wish to study, or are studying, towards a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Electronic Engineering or Mechanical Engineering only), at a South African university.
5. Students who have achieved a minimum C in mathematics and science in Grade 12, or a minimum 60% for major subjects at undergraduate level.
6. Students who intend to pursue postgraduate research in radio astronomy, or in an engineering discipline relevant to radio astronomy.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: South African applicants are eligible for this SKA bursary.

Scholarship Description: South African Square Kilometre Array is funding undergraduate and Honors bursary programme for South African applicants. After a bursary is awarded, a change in course of study or institution where the studies are to be undertaken requires approval from the SKA SA. (SKA SA reserves the right not to approve such changes). After a bursary is awarded, continued funding is dependent on satisfactory academic performance (maintaining a minimum 60% average in June and December). All successful students will be required to submit their university academic transcripts in June and December of each year, for evaluation by the SKA SA. Students who have obtained a minimum of 60% will not receive further funding from SKA SA. Students who do not obtain the degree, for which the bursary was awarded, relinquish their studies, or leave the tertiary institution during the period for which the bursary was awarded, will have to refund all payments of the bursary already received. On completion of the studies supported by means of the bursary, students are required to submit a copy of their degree to the SKA SA.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s):
First year in 2015, up to and including honours level: 4 years
Second year in 2015, up to and including honours level: 3 years
Third year in 2015, up to and including honours level: 2 years
Honours level (BSc Physics and Mathematics) / Fourth year (BEng), in 2015: 1 year
Funds will be paid to the university, where the student is registered, in two instalments. The first instalment will be paid at the start of the academic year (February) and the second installment will be paid in July / August, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

What does it cover?
First year in 2015, up to and including honours level:R 95 000.00 
Second year in 2015, up to and including honours level: R 95 000.00
Third year in 2015, up to and including honours level: R 95 000.00
Honours level (BSc Physics and Mathematics) / Fourth year (BEng), in 2015: R 95 000.00
The amount remaining after tuition (and residence fees if relevant) has been paid to the university, must be used by the student to pay for living costs (rent, food, travel etc.) and for books and stationery.

Selection Criteria: The award of an SKA SA undergraduate or honours bursary to a student will be based on academic performance, determined through the evaluation of the student’s most recent Grade 12, or university results. Other selection criteria include academic merit, leadership qualities and previous award of prizes and honors.

Notification: Successful students will be notified by 1 November 2014.

Online Application: The mode of applying is online.

NOTE: Students who wish to study towards an honours degree through the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP), must apply directly to NASSP and not through the SKA SA.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 15 August 2014.

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