2019 SAAO Prize Scholarship for African PhD student

Deadline: July 31, 2019.

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.





1. The scholarship is currently open to South Africans or citizens of other African countries who hold, or are studying towards, an MSc degree in physics, astrophysics, or a closely related area (ideally with some astronomy background).

2. Must be ready to register for a PhD at the start of the 2020 academic year (typically the end of February 2020).



Funding Amount: R180,000 per year (plus support for tuition, equipment and travel).



1. Send your CV, motivation, academic transcript to [email protected] and arrange for 2 reference letters to be sent to the same address by the closing date.

2. You are strongly encouraged to contact potential supervisors to discuss the project before applying. Contact [email protected] if you have further queries.




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