The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory in collaboration with the National Research Foundation is inviting applications for its Masters Scholarship Programme for African Students in 2020.

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), a facility of the National Research Foundation, is responsible for managing all radio astronomy initiatives and facilities in South Africa, including the MeerKAT Radio Telescope in the Karoo, and the Geodesy and VLBI activities at the HartRAO facility.

SARAO also coordinates the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network (AVN) for the eight SKA partner countries in Africa, as well as South Africa’s contribution to the infrastructure and engineering planning for the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope. To maximize the return on South Africa’s investment in radio astronomy, SARAO is managing programmes to create capacity in radio astronomy science and engineering research, and the technical capacity required to support site operations.

Worth of Award

  • SARAO will pay 100% of the student’s scholarship (excluding the travel and equipment grants) to the university.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to manage his/her scholarship funds to ensure that he/she has sufficient funds for one full academic year (twelve months).
  • SARAO will organize and pay for one return ticket, per year


The following are the criteria to be considered eligible;

  • Academically excellent students who have completed/are completing an undergraduate or Honours degree, which is relevant to the scientific or technical focus areas for 2020 may apply.
  • Only South African citizens and citizens of Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zambia, who wish to complete a relevant Masters degree at a South African university, or at a university in a SKA partner country in Africa may apply.
  • The duration of a SARAO scholarship is two years for a Masters degree.
  • Students must be registered as full-time students at the university where their supervisor is based.

How to Apply

To apply for the SARAO Masters Scholarship Programme;

  • Students must submit their application forms via the research office at the university where they are currently registered
  • Only one application per student may be submitted.
  • In completing an application form for a Masters scholarship from SARAO, you accept the Conditions of a SARAO Masters Scholarship, listed in Section
  • No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by 22 November 2019.
  • If you have not heard from SARAO by November 2019, please assume that your application was NOT successful.
  • Application forms can be found online


Deadline: Application closes September 23, 2019.


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