Weekly Round-Up Of Opportunities Within The African Space Industry

Our Friday weekly round-up curates opportunities (on opportunities.africanews.space) 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. 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:

Apply to Fly To Space with Space For Humanity

Space for Humanity is a nonprofit organization founded in 2017 to create a positive social impact on the world. It begins by enabling global citizens from all backgrounds to become astronauts – Citizen Astronauts – offering the opportunity to experience the cognitive shift in worldview that occurs when seeing the Earth from space.

Each of the citizen astronauts maintains a commitment to creating positive social impact in their communities. Space for Humanity cannot send everyone to space, however, they can create ripple effect using these spaceflights. If selected, Space for Humanity will train and support you in developing these ventures.

After training and developing your social impact initiative, you will go to space. The date of this is dependent on the technology of spaceflight providers. The schedule for the first launch is for 2021.

Applications close on November 15th, 2019.

Click Apply to Fly To Space with Space For Humanity to apply and get further information.

 

Registration for IAUS 367 on Education and Heritage in the Era of Big Data in Astronomy Is Open

Astronomy education is topmost for the International Astronomical Union goals. Scientific results from this field have great potential to enhance the teaching and learning of Astronomy for learners of many ages.

The symposium holding in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina is scheduled for 9-14 December 2020. Registration and abstract submission are currently open and closes on 31 July 2020. Travel grants are available.

Important Dates 

  •  Open Registration + Abstract Submission:  August 31, 2019.
  • Open IAU Grants Application:  January 15, 2020.
  •  End of Early Registration / Registration:  January 15 – 23.59 UTC, 2020.
  •  Visa Application Support Opens:  July 15, 2020. 

Click Registration for IAUS 367 on Education and Heritage in the Era of Big Data in Astronomy Is Open to apply and get further information.

 

United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme 2020 Opens Application For Its Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Government of Japan in collaboration with the Kyushu Institute of Technology, (Kyutech), have established a United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies for nationals of developing countries or non-space-faring nations. The programme will provide extensive research opportunities in nanosatellite systems, through the use of the nano-satellite development and testing facilities available at Kyutech.

Applicants should:

  • Be nationals of developing countries or non-space-faring nations (countries without an established substantial capability to develop space technology or launch space objects).
  • Be duly nominated by their institutions
  • Born on or after 2 April 1985
  • Should have the academic and professional background required by the specific fellowship programme. Candidates seeking a Master’s degree must have completed their studies, with a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent (4-year university degree) in engineering-related subjects. Candidates seeking a Doctorate must have completed their studies, with a Master’s Degree or equivalent (5 years university degree) in engineering-related subjects. Degrees in different technological fields could be considered by the Doctor Commission.
  • Be able to make professional use of the experience gained in the fellowship programme.

Deadline: Applications are valid 19 January 2020 (Sunday, 23:00 JST).

Click United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme 2020 Opens Application For Its Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies to apply and get further information.

 

Apply to Attend The 2020 Science For Development Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa

The 2020 Science For Development Workshop is jointly hosted by the International Science Council’s (ISC) Regional Office for Africa (ROA) and the International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), both supported by the Department of Science and Innovation and National Research Foundation.

This workshop which will hold from 30-31 January 2020 at South African Astronomical Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa, will be open to participants from all over the world but with specific interest and focus on Africa. Specific invitations will be based on desktop studies of the field of “science for development”. A maximum of 80 participants is envisaged.

Participants are welcomed from the following fields/organisations (non-exhaustive list):

  1. Natural Sciences (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc)
  2. Social Sciences (Anthropology, Political science, Psychology, Philosophy, etc)
  3. Humanities
  4. Development economics
  5. Non-governmental and non-profit development organisations
  6. Researchers in development finance
  7. Business administration, leadership, and corporate governance
  8. Government officials and policymakers
  9. Commercial industry etc

A limited number of travel support grants will be offered for well-motivated applications, but participants will generally be expected to make their travel arrangements. Also, there will be no registration fee.

Application Deadline: 31st October 2019

Click Apply to Attend The 2020 Science For Development Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa to apply and get further information.

 

Doctoral Program of the International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy & Cosmic Physics Calls for Application

The International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy & Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg (IMPRS-HD) aims to offer outstanding research and training opportunities with excellent instrumental, observational, and theoretical research facilities. Research at IMPRS-HD covers a wide range of topics in astronomy and astrophysics.

Typically, applicants must have (or expect to have) a degree equivalent to the M.Sc in Physics (e.g. a “Laurea” etc.) including a Master’s Thesis to be acceptable for doctoral studies at the University of Heidelberg. Exceptional applicants can be accepted for PhD studies with a B.Sc degree only in the “4+4 PhD program.” However, several conditions may be imposed by the Department – such as attending certain lectures or the delivery of a research report after the first year.

Together with the offer of a PhD project, financial support is offered. However, it is also possible for a doctoral fellow to bring his/her funding.

The deadline for next term (fall 2020) applications is November 11th, 2019.

Interviews date: Feb 6-12th, 2020

Click Doctoral Program of the International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy & Cosmic Physics Calls for Application to apply and get further information.

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