Weekly Round-Up Of Opportunities Within The African Space Industry

Our Friday weekly round-up curates opportunities that are still open for applications. The Opportunities portal aggregates job vacancies, internships, scholarships, calls for abstracts, fellowships, contests, exchange programmes and other opportunities that are available for Africans who are interested in space science and technology. Simply put, it’s an aggregator for space and astronomy-related opportunities for Africans.

Have you missed any opportunities this week? Check out the weekly round-up below:

Chukwuka Cosmas Ezenma Research Grant For African Students In Space Science And Astronomy Now Open

Chukwuka Cosmas Ezenma-CBSS research grant for African students in space science and astronomy is designed to support bold and visionary African students and researchers who are undertaking a postgraduate program related to space science, technology, and astronomy, in order to develop capacity in space science and technology, Electronics Engineering, Astronomy and Astrophysics, foster international, cultural, scientific and technological cooperation in Africa.

 The grants are offered to pursue study, training, and/or research programs at any Higher Educational/Research Institution in Africa, international conferences and workshops. The candidate must be committed to Africa’s development and demonstrate outstanding academic and professional achievement, as well as effective teamwork and leadership potential.


To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • NOT be more than 32 years of age at the time of the grant application.
  • Be African students with high academic ability (typically with a good first degree at least second-class honours upper-division or it’s international equivalent).
  • Be a citizen of one of the 54 African countries.
  • Be an African enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible post-graduate degree in any African public university or research institute.
  • Be enrolled in Astronomy, astrophysics, electronics engineering or any space science related course as shown above.
  • NOT be a previous beneficiary of the scheme.

Deadline: All online applications must be submitted before 31st December 2019

Click Chukwuka Cosmas Ezenma Research Grant For African Students In Space Science And Astronomy Now Open to apply and get further information.

Apply For The 2020 International Space Weather Camp

The International Space Weather Camp (ISWC) consisting of series of lectures, hands-on projects, and other activities is an opportunity for students from South Africa, USA, Italy, and Germany to learn about space weather, a relatively new and exciting field involving the study of the Sun and its influence on space and the Earth’s upper atmosphere, as well as the impacts of solar events on space and ground-based technological systems that modern society relies on daily.The ISWC will hold from 21 June – 19 July 2020,  to kick-off at the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in Hermanus, South Africa from 21 June – 3 July 2020 and then on to the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), USA from 4 July – 19 July 2020. During the ISWC, students will interact and engage with researchers from around the world, and also get an opportunity to learn about other cultures, including the development of space activities in South Africa, Germany, and the USA.

Applicants must:
  • be final-year BSc/BEng/Honours or Masters Students in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or Electronics.
  • be South African citizens or permanent residents.
  • have a valid passport with at least 2 open pages or proof that the applicant has applied for a passport as the Camp includes international travel to the USA.

Successful applicants will be fully funded (transport, accommodation, meals, and USA visa) to participate in the ISWC.

Deadline: Applications are open till 28 February 2020.

Click Apply For The 2020 International Space Weather Camp to apply and get further information.

DARA Announces 2019 UK Advanced Training Programme; Apply

The Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA), is pleased to announce training opportunities in the form of Masters places at UK universities as part of the project funded by the UK’s Newton Fund.

The opportunities are open to nationals of all AVN partner countries, namely: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya; Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Mauritius, and Zambia. The Newton Fund covers all tuition fees, bench fees and maintenance allowance, at the RCUK recommended level of £15,009 per year, and the cost of return flights, initial visa and health surcharge costs.

Projects are offered at the four UK DARA partner universities: the University of Leeds, the University of Manchester, the University of Hertfordshire and the University of Bristol. For each project, time may also be spent at a partner institution in South Africa or Africa to gain additional skills and build collaborations. 


Applicants for funding must:

  • Be nationals of one of the AVN countries listed above or a resident in one of these countries for at least the last three years.
  • Have a good first degree in Physics or a relevant related subject.
  • Satisfy any other entry conditions of the universities they are proposing to study in, including the English language requirements in particular.
  • Have, preferably, undergone the basic training programme of the DARA Project or have similar relevant experience.

Deadline for applications for funding – 8 December 2019

Click DARA Announces 2019 UK Advanced Training Programme to apply and get further information

The University of Cape Town Calls For Professors/Associate Professors In Space Studies

The University of Cape Town is seeking an experienced space professional, to provide research and academic leadership to the University’s Space Studies programme.

The senior full-time academic professor in the field of Space Studies, will provide leadership and research-led teaching in the SpaceLab, and also act as the Convener of the MPhil in Space Studies Programme. The incumbent will be expected to develop and maintain ties with colleagues in the Department and Faculty, to ensure that the space studies programme is fully integrated into the academic and research activities of the Department and Faculty, particularly, close alignment between space studies and activities in radar and remote sensing. The position is a fixed-term, five-year contract post at the Associate Professor or Professor level.

Minimum requirements:

For both levels

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or a cognate discipline with demonstrated ability to teach across a range of undergraduate electrical engineering subjects.
    • A PhD directly related to space science or space engineering.
    • Teaching and supervision experience, including post-graduate supervision to completion.
    • A combination of high-level experience in a space agency, industry and (or) academic settings.

Deadline: 29 November 2019.

Click on the University of Cape Town Calls For Professors/Associate Professors In Space Studies to apply and get further information.

IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre Invites Sealed Bids From Earth Observation and Geospatial Technology Companies

The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) was awarded a grant by the African Union Commission (AUC) to implement the GMES & Africa theme focusing on Monitoring Natural Resources and Food Security in East Africa region, comprising of 10 countries, namely: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, with the objective of developing a rangeland seasonal monitoring, early warning and assessment system using EO data in the East African region. The centre, thereby,  invites sealed bids from Earth observation and geospatial technology companies.

Firms must meet the following criteria:
• Be a private company registered in at least one of the 10 eastern Africa countries.
• Demonstrate at least three years experience offering EO/geospatial products and/or services within East Africa / Africa.
• Demonstrated solid knowledge of natural resources and rangeland management, climate change adaptation and mitigation and development issues in the eastern Africa region.
• Certificate of registration/certificate of incorporation.
• Valid tax compliance certificate.
• Brief company/organisation profile in a narrative form.
• References of similar assignments with full contact information of clients (Name of organisation, name of a contact person, telephone numbers and email address).
• Signed letter confirming willingness and availability to facilitate inspection of office premises by the staff of ICPAC, to ascertain the existence of key human and infrastructural capacity, before concluding procurement of the contract.

Deadline: Proposals must be delivered to the address below on or before Friday,29th November 2019 by 5:00 pm 

Click IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre Invites Sealed Bids From Earth Observation and Geospatial Technology Companies to apply and get further information.


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