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SAAO Prize PhD funding for South African Students in South Africa, 2018

The new SAAO Prize award is now available for all new South African students to work on a PhD project supervised by researchers at the SAAO.

Founded in 1820 and located in the leafy Southern suburbs of Cape Town, The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is the national centre for optical and infrared astronomy in South Africa. Its prime function is to conduct fundamental research in astronomy and astrophysics. It does so by providing a world-class facility to scientists.

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Scholarship Description: 

  • Applications Deadline: August 3, 2018
  • Course Level: award is available to pursue PhD programme.
  • Study Subject: award is awarded for PhD studies in optical or multi-wavelength astrophysics. Projects Offered:
  1. Probing galaxy evolution through the diffuse light in dense environments
    Supervisors: Ros Skelton and Sarah Blyth (UCT)/Ilani Loubser (NWU): Project details
  2. Observational studies of Centaurs, interesting and transitional minor planets
    Supervisor: Amanda Sickafoose: Project details
  3. Discovery and Characterization of Near-Earth Asteroids
    Supervisors: Amanda Sickafoose and Nicolas Erasmus: Project details
  4. Optical and radio transient sources
    Supervisors: Retha Pretorius, David Buckley, and Alida Odendaal: Project details.
  • Scholarship Award: Stipend of R180, 000 per year (tuition fees will be covered by SAAO and additional support for travel and equipment will be made available).
  • Nationality: this application is available for South African students.
  • Number of Scholarships: Numbers not given
  • Scholarship can be taken in South Africa

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

Eligible Countries: this application is available for South African students.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

The grant is currently open to South African citizens who hold, or are studying towards, an MSc degree in physics, astrophysics, or a closely related area (ideally with some astronomy background), and must be ready to register for a PhD at the start of the 2019 academic year.

Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: Send your CV, motivation, academic transcript and arrange for 2 reference letters to be sent to the same address by the closing date.

Scholarship Link