Astronomy Scholarships in Africa for African Students (Fully Funded)

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) welcomes applications from highly intellectual African students for Astronomy Scholarships in Africa. The scholarships will enable outstanding candidates to undertake a two-year Master of Science (MSc) degree in South Africa starting in 2023.

Waiting for the 32no General Assembly, IAU GA2024 National Organizing Committee seeks to award high impact ‘Astronomy in Africa’ fellowships to eligible African candidates which is consistent with hosting this historic event.

Scholarship Sponsors: International Astronomical Union (IAU)

Host institutions: Recognized South African Universities

Scholarship Worth: fully funded

Number of awards: enough

Level of education: Master of Science (MSc)

Nationality: African students

DETAILS | Astronomy in Africa Scholarships for African Students

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) will host its 32ndno General Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa in 2024 (GA2024). This is the first time in the IAU’s 100+ year history that the General Assembly will be held in Africa, which provides a first-class opportunity to showcase the continent’s cutting-edge research infrastructure and outstanding science talent.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of academic grades, quality of motivation, suitability for research as assessed through reference letter and CV and relevant letter of support from potential supervisor. Diversity and regional representation will be considered in the selection process. Preference will be given to non-South African applicants.

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Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for Astronomy Scholarships in Africa for African Students, applicants are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants from any African country are eligible to apply for Astronomy Scholarships in Africa.
  • Applicants must be eligible to enroll for an MSc degree at a South African university specializing in astrophysics/astronomy.
  • Applicants must have contacted potential supervisors from recognized South African universities.
  • Potential supervisors should provide a cover letter of support for the candidate, which includes a brief statement of the proposed research project

Scholarship benefits

All successful applicants for Astronomy Scholarships in Africa will receive the following benefits:

  • international student fees
  • One international return flight
  • Visa cost
  • medical insurance,
  • Accommodation and
  • Salary

In addition, scholarship recipients will benefit from the opportunity to volunteer at the 2024 General Assembly, giving them the opportunity to interact with the global astronomy community.

See also: Beit Trust Postgraduate Scholarships for African Students to Study in UK and South Africa

Application Procedures

How to apply: Interested applicants for Astronomy Scholarships in Africa for African Students should comply with the following steps:

  • Apply online here
  • Please arrange for a letter of reference to be sent directly to [email protected], by the application deadline, with your name in the subject line.
  • Applicants must submit a motivation letter and upload a resume (maximum 2 pages, 12 pt font), recent academic transcripts and a scan of their diploma.
  • Applicants must upload a letter of support from their prospective supervisor. The letter should include a brief statement of the proposed research project.


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