The Southern African Large Telescope, the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere, is housed at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), which is the nation’s top astronomy research facility. The national centre for optical and infrared astronomy in the nation was established in 1820 and is called SAAO. By providing young scientists with world-class facilities, SAAO’s primary responsibility is to ensure that fundamental astronomical and astrophysical research is successfully carried out. SAAO also keeps up its promotion of astronomy and astrophysics within the nation, which it does by taking part in outreach initiatives and disseminating its many discoveries and findings.
Within the South African Department of Science and Innovation, the SAAO is a division of the National Research Foundation. The SAAO’s main offices are located in Observatory, Cape Town, and Sutherland in the Northern Cape, where the organisation also operates several research and observation stations and numerous operational telescopes, including SALT.
SAAO is providing an opportunity for students to apply for the SALT-SAAO Scholarship for the upcoming academic year of 2024. The scholarship will cover MSc and PhD degree studies for astronomy and instrumentation-related projects beginning in 2024. (Theoretical and operational aspects of stellar and extragalactic astronomy, computer modelling and astronomical instrumentation).
The scholarship offers the following benefits:
Candidates who have been shortlisted will receive a call inviting them to an interview, which will happen in August or September 2023. Successful applicants will be notified of their offers by the end of September 2023, following the interview stage.
Successful candidates must sign the SAAO Student Memorandum of Understanding and provide documentation from their university proving their enrollment before the scholarship will be given (MoU).
The candidates must check the eligibility criteria before applying for the scholarship. There should not be any exceptions or the application will not be considered.
Candidates who pass the eligibility criteria need to submit the necessary documents for applying.
Note: there is no separate application form for the students to fill out.
The applications need to be submitted via email at email@example.com. The subject line must contain the following:
All the documents must be submitted in a single pdf file.
Selected scholars will need to submit the following documents:
The applications will be closed on 31 July 2023. No late applications will be accepted.
Candidates can contact the bursary provider directly for any queries related to the scholarship.
Please do not send any questions after the closing date. View our other bursaries/scholarships open for application here: https://vistech/bursaroes.co.za
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