SAAO Prize PhD Scholarship for South African Students 2018


SAAO Prize PhD Scholarship for South African Students 2018… Below has the program’s application form, requirements, eligibility, deadline and other details.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified applicants for SAAO Prize PhD Scholarship for South African Students 2018… Interested applicant(s) ought to follow the details and procedures on this page to secure this opportunity.

SAAO Prize PhD Scholarship for South African Students 2018

SAAO Prize PhD Scholarship 2018

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) invites applications for the SAAO Prize PhD Scholarship from academically excellent students who wish to pursue PhD studies in optical or multi-wavelength astrophysics.

  • Eligible Countries: South Africa
  • Type: PhD
  • Award Provider: SAAO
  • Duration of Scholarship: The PhD scholarship funding is available for 3 years.
  • To be taken at (country): South Africa

Programme Description: The successful applicant will be expected to register at a South African university by end of February 2019. Depending on their choice of project, the student may be free to choose a university, or be required to register at the university of a co-supervisor. The following projects are available in this round:

  • Probing galaxy evolution through diffuse light in dense environments
    Supervisors: Ros Skelton ( and Sarah Blyth (UCT)/Ilani Loubser (NWU)
  • Observational studies of Centaurs, interesting and transitional minor planets
    Supervisor: Amanda Sickafoose (
  • Discovery and Characterization of Near-Earth Asteroids
    Supervisors: Amanda Sickafoose ( and Nicolas Erasmus (
  • Optical and radio transient sources
    Supervisors: Retha Pretorius (, David Buckley (, and Alida Odendaal (UFS;


Eligibility: The scholarship is currently open to South African citizens who hold, or are studying towards, an MSc degree in physics, astrophysics, or a closely related area (ideally with some astronomy background), and must be ready to register for a PhD at the start of the 2019 academic year.

Selection Criteria: The selection criteria will be academic merit, motivation, aptitude for research, transformation
considerations, and results of the interview.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: Stipend of R180,000 per year (tuition fees will be covered by SAAO and additional support for travel and equipment will be made available).

Application Procedure

Application Form – How to Apply: 

The applicant should send their CV, a letter of motivation and academic transcript to, and arrange for 2 letters of reference to be sent directly to by the closing date.

Application Deadline

Application Deadline: 3rd August 2018

For More Information:

Click Here to the Official Webpage of SAAO Prize PhD Scholarship for South African Students 2018 for more information.


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