SARAO is a prominent organization that spearheads South Africa's participation in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology. As part of this international initiative, the SKA project seeks to construct the most extensive radio telescope globally, covering an area of one million square meters to facilitate astronomical research.
With a primary focus on radio astronomy, SARAO employs cutting-edge technologies and collaborates with various international partners to enhance the understanding of our universe. As a leader in the field, SARAO strives to foster local talent by providing bursaries and research opportunities to South African students pursuing degrees in astronomy and related fields
The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) offers an undergraduate and honours bursary programme to assist students pursuing degrees in astronomy and related fields. The bursary is aimed at students who are South African citizens or permanent residents and who are studying full-time at a recognized South African university.
Each university will establish its own deadline for application submissions. It is crucial to ascertain the specific closing date from the university where you intend to enroll for your degree. Be sure to submit your application on or before the designated closing date to ensure it is considered.
Requirements and eligibility
The following minimum requirements apply:
Undergraduate and Honours applicants
South African citizen OR South African permanent resident
Studying or intend on studying within one of the required fields of study (mentioned below)
To apply for the bursaries and funding opportunities offered by SARAO, applicants are required to submit a single PDF document containing the following documents:
Curriculum Vitae (CV) detailing their academic and professional achievements.
Official transcripts of all university-level results to demonstrate their academic performance.
A brief statement of research interests related to the designated topics, with a maximum of one page.
Additionally, applicants should arrange for two reference letters from referees, which must be sent directly to SARAO by the closing date. These reference letters should also be related to the research interests mentioned in the application.