The East African Institute for Fundamental Research (EAIFR), an ICTP (International Centre for Theoretical Physics) Partner Institute is set to announce a call for applications for its new PhD programme. The program offered jointly with the University of Rwanda in Kigali, signifies the first physics degree programme to be established in Rwanda, according to a Tweet by the @AfricanPhysics.
The PhD programme will offer specializations in high energy physics, condensed matter physics, and solid Earth geophysics. ICTP-EAIFR’s high energy physicists work in cosmology and particle physics phenomenology. The condensed matter physics research is mainly in electronic structure theory, while geophysics will be centred around seismology, space geodesy and tectonics, according to the program webpage.
ICTP-EAIFR resident scientists will teach and supervise admitted students with support from scientists at ICTP Trieste and possibly others around the world depending on mutual interests and the research proposal of the students. The PhD programme is completed through in-depth research that breaks new ground in the field and contributes to overall scientific knowledge. Research publications are expected from students as well as a final dissertation thesis before graduation. The maximum duration of study is four years.
Selection of candidates will be based on their university record and on academic recommendations. Minimum qualifications for the programme include:
Bachelor’s degree with honours in physics, mathematics, or a related field, with distinction (cumulative grade point average of at least 70%).
Master’s degree in physics, mathematics, or a related field.
A limited number of scholarships and/or assistantships are available to top students admitted into the programme. Scholarships can also be obtained through funding agencies. Rwandan students are encouraged to apply to the Rwandan Higher Education Council (HEC) for funding.
Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply; ICTP-EAIFR is a collaborating institution with the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and female candidates can apply for OWSD PhD fellowships. Visit this page and the fellowship page for more information on the OWSD scholarship.
More details about the programme, including the application deadline, will be available soon.
Joseph Ibeh is a Mandela Washington Fellow and Senior Analyst at Space in Africa. His experience spans industry research and market analysis with a focus on African-grown NewSpace companies, commercial space industry, national space programmes and real-life application of space science for sustainable development in Africa.