Fully-funded International Astronomy in Africa Scholarship by International Astronomical Union in South Africa 2024

Written by catherine.caoile on October 4, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    South Africa
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Master's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

  • Type of scholarship administrator

    Private sponsor
  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

    Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    [email protected]

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) will have its 32nd General Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2024 (GA2024). This is the initial time in the 100+ year history of the IAU that the General Assembly will be held in Africa, which gives a great open door to feature the state-of-the-art research framework and phenomenal ability in the science region on the landmass.

About the Scholarship

They are pleased to offer the International Astronomy in Africa Scholarship which allows every student in African Country to apply for a fully-funded scholarship in the Astronomy program that gives them the opportunity to fulfill their professional and personal goals.

There is no particular number of grants given, be that as it may, the inclination will be given to the students who show monetary need. The entrance mode for this application is on the web. IAU will give a solitary return air ticket will be covered for international students granted the scholarship awards. The GA2024 NOC will take care of the expense of visas for study.

The Africa 2024 Scholarship will cover international student charges, one international return flight, visa costs, clinical protection, stipend, and accommodation. Also, the beneficiaries will profit from the valuable chance to chip in at the General Assembly 2024, offering them a chance to cooperate with the worldwide astronomy communities.

Scholarship Provider: International Astronomical Union (IAU)

About the Provider 

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) was established in 1919. Its central goal is to advance and safeguard the study of cosmology in the entirety of its viewpoints, including research, correspondence, training, and improvement, through international collaboration. Its singular Members — organized into Divisions, Commissions, and Working Gatherings — are proficient astronomists from everywhere in the world, at the Ph.D. level and then some, who are dynamic in proficient research, schooling, and effort in stargazing. The IAU likewise has Junior Members.

The IAU has an all-out membership of 12457. The Individual and Junior Members Directory contains 12126 names in 93 nations around the world. These Members are marked as “dynamic” in the IAU data set importance they have a substantial email (can cast a ballot and remain associated with the IAU exercises) and are subsidiary to no less than one Division. IAU membership traverses 93 nations. Out of those nations, 85 are National Members. Also, the IAU teams up with different logical associations from one side of the planet to the other.

The IAU likewise attempts to advance research training and education, and public effort exercises in astronomy for general society. These exercises finished with the association of the UNESCO International Year of Space science in 2009, which contacted more than 800 million individuals from 148 nations. They contribute to the movement that will help encourage the growth and investments in astronomy for the African Continent.

Annually, they offered scholarships that will build the African continents on their journey for progress and motivation of change, a change for the better Africa, and a chance to progress and build the Nation into one.

Scholarship Summary 

  • Academic Year: 2023-2024
  • Applicant’s Nationality; African Countries
  • Degree Level: Master’s Degree
  • Field: Astronomy
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Scholarship Award: Fully-funded
  • Duration: Two years
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Offered Annually: Yes


To be able to proceed with the application, the applicants must meet the eligibility criteria of the scholarship.

  • Applicants from any of the African countries are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.
  • The applicants must be eligible to be registered for the MSc degree at the South African University which specializes in the field of astrophysics or astronomy.
  • Applicants probably liaised with expected supervisors from perceived South African colleges.
  • Potential supervisors should give a going letter of support to the applicants, which incorporates a concise assertion of the proposed research project.
  • Applicants are required to have good communication skills in oral and written English.

Application Process 

  • The applicants must apply online in an online portal provided by the  International Astronomical Union (IAU).
  •  The applicants must arrange to have their reference letter emailed to  [email protected], by the deadline of the application and must have their names in the subject line of the email.

Required Documents 

As part of the application process the applicants are also required to submit the following:

  • CV maximum of 2 pages and using the 12-pt font
  • Motivation Letter
  • Academic transcript of records
  • Undergraduate degree certificates
  • Letter of support from their supervisors, keep in mind that the letter must include the statements of their proposed research projects.

Late and incomplete applications will not be considered for evaluation and will be automatically rejected.

Selection Process

  • Shortlisting will happen through the Science sub-council of the GA2024 NOC, alongside outer analysts.
  • Candidates will be shortlisted in light of academic grades, nature of inspiration, appropriateness for research as evaluated through reference letter and CV, and the related letter of support from the expected supervisors. Variety and local portrayal will be considered during the shortlisting system. Inclination will be given to non-South African candidates.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be welcome to a virtual meeting from 24 October to 4 November 2022.
  • Successful applicants and supervisors will be advised during the seven-day stretch of 7-11 November 2022.

Scholarship Awards 

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) will be covering the following;

  • A single return air ticket for international students and the cost of their visa.
  • Medical insurance
  • accommodation
  • stipend
  • And the opportunity to volunteer in the General Assembly 2024 and also a chance to interact with the international astronomy communities.

Keep in mind that successful students must read and agree to the terms and conditions applied to the scholarship.

Scholarship Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until October 7, 2022.

It is important to read the guidelines at the application for the second opening and closing application. All submitted documents will be thoroughly evaluated by the scholarship committee.

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