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Astronomy in Africa Scholarships, 2023/2024

The International Astronomical Union (IAU)  is pleased to announce Astronomy in Africa Scholarships. Candidates from any African country are eligible to apply for Astronomy in Africa scholarships.

There is no specific number of awards given, however, preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need. The access mode for this application is online. IAU will provide a single return air ticket will be covered for international students awarded the scholarship. The GA2024 NOC will cover the cost of visas for study.

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Application Deadline: 7th October 2022.

Brief Description

  • Organization: International Astronomical Union (IAU)
  • Department: N/A
  • Course level: MSc
  • Award Amount: A single return air ticket will be covered for international students awarded the scholarship. The GA2024 NOC will cover the cost of visas for study.
  • Number of Awards: N/A
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Nationality: International Students
  • Subject: Astrophysics, Astronomy
  • Eligible Country:  South Africa
  • Eligibility: Students can apply for an MSc degree offered at the Astronomy in Africa Scholarship.

Astronomy in Africa Scholarships (1)

About

The National Organizing 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 financial aid positions will allow excellent candidates to undertake a two-year Master of Science (MSc) degree in South Africa starting in 2023 and 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.

Eligibility

  • 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 specializing in astrophysics/astronomy.
  • Candidates must have liaised with potential supervisors from recognized 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.

How to Apply

  • The application process for the Astronomy 2024 program is simple. First, you must complete an online application form. This will require some basic information, as well as contact information for one reference letter writer. Your reference letter writer should email their letter directly to [email protected] with your name in the subject line.
  • Next, you must upload a copy of your recent academic transcripts and undergraduate degree certificate. You must also upload a 2-page CV, using 12-point font. Finally, you must provide a motivation statement for your application.
  • Candidates must also have a letter of support from their potential supervisor. This letter should include a brief project description and outline how the candidate‡s research interests fit with those of the supervisor.

Benefits

The Africa 2024 financial aid positions 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.

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