South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Prize Scholarship 2020 | Up to R180,000 Per Year.

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South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Prize Scholarship 2020 | Up to R180,000 Per Year.

SAAO Prize Scholarship…Enter now to win up to R180,000 Per Year, Applications are being called from suitably qualified applicants to apply for the SAAO Prize Scholarship 2020.


The application details and guidelines to apply for SAAO Prize Scholarship 2020 have been outlined below.

SAAO Prize Scholarship 2020

Founded in 1820, the SAAO is the national centre for optical and infrared astronomy in South Africa. Its primary role is to conduct fundamental research in astronomy and astrophysics by providing a world-class facility to scientists. The SAAO also promotes astronomy and astrophysics in southern Africa, by sharing research findings and discoveries, and participating in outreach activities to enthuse citizens about physics and astronomy.

The SAAO is a facility of the National Research Foundation, which operates under the South African Department of Science and Innovation. The SAAO is comprised of headquarters in the eponymous suburb of Observatory in Cape Town, and a dedicated research and observation station with several working telescopes (including SALT) outside the Karoo town of Sutherland in the Northern Cape.

In order to achieve the best possible observing conditions, all of the current astronomy operations occur in Sutherland. Historical telescopes in Cape Town are still regularly used for outreach and public events.

The SAAO Prize Scholarship is a prestigious annually awarded scholarship offered to a top African student to work on a PhD project supervised by researchers at the SAAO.

The scholarship is for a 3-year PhD registered at a South African university and the student will be required to spend a minimum of 60% of their time at the SAAO. The scholarship will cover tuition and a generous stipend for living expenses. Additional support for conference travel and equipment will be provided.

SAAO Prize Scholarship Eligibility.

  • Open to South Africans or citizens of other African countries;
  • Applicants should 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 2020 academic year (typically the end of February 2020).

SAAO Prize Scholarship Funding.

  • Up to R180,000 per year (plus support for tuition, equipment and travel).

SAAO Prize Scholarship Selection Criteria.

  • The selection criteria will be academic merit, motivation, aptitude for research, transformation considerations, and results of the interview.

How to Apply for SAAO Prize Scholarship.

Send your CV, motivation, academic transcript to scholarship@saao.ac.za and arrange for 2 reference letters to be sent to the same address by the closing date.

Applications Close: 31 July 2019.

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