About South African National Space Agency (SANSA)
The South African National Space Agency Act, 36 of 2008, mandated the establishment of a National Space Agency to provide for the promotion and use of space and cooperation in space-related activities, foster research in space science, advance scientific engineering through human capital and support the creation of an environment conducive to industrial development in space technologies within the framework of national government policy.
SANSA has four main Agency programmes: Earth Observation, Space Science, Space Operations and Space Engineering which offer exciting opportunities in space science and technology.
The Space Science Programme leads multi-disciplinary space science research and applications. Key functions include fundamental and applied space science research, the support of space facilitated science through data acquisition, the coordination and administration of scientific data, and the provision of space weather and magnetic technology products and services on a commercial and private basis.
Through the Space Science Programme, SANSA contributes to the worldwide network of magnetic observatories responsible for monitoring the Earth’s magnetic field, and participates in global scientific projects. The programme also provides leadership in post-graduate student training as well as providing science advancement, public engagement, and learner and educator support with STEM subjects. Fundamental, and Applied Scientific Research, as well as Engineering Projects, are available through this programme.
SANSA Bursaries 2022
SANSA is offering bursaries to qualified South African citizens who wish to continue study towards postgraduate degrees (honours and up) in space-related fields at South African Universities. SANSA will also advise students on suitable projects and supervisors if there is a need.
South Africa needs an increase in science and engineering graduates. SANSA provides post-graduate degree bursaries to contribute to the national target for qualified post-graduates in science and engineering.
Earth Observation (Hons, MSc, PhD)
Earth Systems Science with Remote Sensing
Earth Observations in Ecosystems Accounting
Remote Sensing in Environmental Management (including Agriculture and Rangelands, Water Resource Management, Marine and Oceans, Mineral Resourcing and Spatial Planning)
Space Science (Hons, MSc, MPhil, PhD)
Modelling geomagnetically induced currents in power systems
Ionospheric and radio propagation modeling
Multi-scale ionospheric physics, structure and dynamics
Multi-instrument studies of space weather
Antarctic radar studies of climate change
Theory of waves and solitons in plasma
Space Weather forecasting and verification aligned to navigation and radiation applications
Engineering (Hons, BTech, MEng, MTech, MSc, PhD, DTech)
Software Systems Engineering
Antenna and Radio Frequency Systems Engineering
All SANSA Divisions (Hons, MSc, PhD)
Computer Science and Engineering
Software and Systems Engineering
Field related to key SANSA objectives
Space, systems, antenna and RF engineering
For the 2022 academic year successful applicants will receive bursaries with values as stated below:
Hons – R90 000 (one year).
Masters – R100 000 per year for two years.
PhD – R130 000 per year for three years.
Applicants may not hold a combination of bursaries that exceed these amounts. Should an applicant have another bursary of lessor amount, SANSA will consider providing a top-up amount to the student provided the student meets the criteria mentioned above.
Support for continuing years is not guaranteed and will depend on satisfactory progress during the previous year.
Bursary Requirements and Eligibility
South African citizen
Students who intend to pursue postgraduate studies in space-related degrees and qualifications will be given preference.
Good academic records
Proven financial need
How to Apply and Application Details
Register and apply online at: https://www.sansa.org.za/careers/bursaries/application
Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application be disregarded):
ID document (certified copy)
June results or progress report of all subjects (if no exams were written)
Completed SANSA testimonial by education official (.pdf)
30 September 2021
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