2024 Astronomy in Africa Scholarships for African Students (Fully Funded to Cape Town, South Africa)

2024 Astronomy in Africa Scholarships for African Students (Fully Funded to Cape Town, South Africa)

 The 32nd General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2024. (GA2024). For the first time in the organization's more than 100-year history, the IAU General Assembly will be held in Africa, providing an excellent opportunity to highlight the area's cutting-edge research facilities and world-class scientific talent.

The National Organising Committee of the IAU GA2024 wants to award high impact "Astronomy in Africa" scholarships to qualified African candidates prior to the 32nd General Assembly, which is coordinated with the nation's hosting of this historic event. Thanks to the scholarships, which will be granted to the top candidates, a two-year Master of Science (MSc) degree will be provided in South Africa starting in 2023.


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.

The Africa 2024 scholarships 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 Requirements

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 specialising in astrophysics/astronomy. 

Candidates must have liaised with potential supervisors from recognised 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.

Application Procedure:

Apply online here

Arrange to have one reference letter to be sent directly to [email protected], by the application deadline, and with your name in the subject line.

Candidates must submit a motivation and upload a CV (maximum of 2-pages, 12-pt font), recent academic transcripts and a scan of their undergraduate degree certificate.

Candidates must upload a letter of support from their potential supervisor. The letter must include a brief statement of the proposed research project.

Selection Procedure:

Shortlisting will take place through the Science sub-committee of the GA2024 NOC, along with external reviewers.

Applicants will be shortlisted based on academic grades, quality of motivation, suitability for research as assessed through reference letter and CV, and the associated letter of support from the potential supervisor. Diversity and regional representation will be taken into account during the shortlisting process.

Preference will be given to non-South African applicants.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a virtual interview during 24 October to 4 November 2022.

Successful candidates (and supervisors) will be notified during the week of 7-11 November 2022.

Application Deadline: 7 October 2022.

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