Weekly Round-Up Of Space And Astronomy Opportunities For Africans

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:

IAF Invites Application For Its 2020 Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is pleased to announce its 2020 Emerging Space Leaders (ESL) Grant Programme that provides opportunities for students and young professionals to participate in the annual International Astronautical Congress.

The young people selected to take part in the 2020 Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme will participate in the 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC) scheduled to take place in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, from 12 – 16 October 2020. The individuals selected will also participate in other activities held during the Congress such as the UN/IAF Workshop, the Space Generation Congress (SGC) or the Cross-Cultural Communications and Presentation Workshop.

Students and Young Professionals between the ages of  21 and 35 on 1 January 2020 with space-related career interests are encouraged to apply to the programme. Up to twenty-five students and young professionals will be selected by the IAF to participate in the 2020 programme.

Who should consider applying?

  • Individuals interested in pursuing careers involving the development, application, and use of space systems, space science research, the policy, legal, social and cultural aspects of space activities, international cooperation on space programmes and other similar subjects.
  • Persons who – for financial, sponsorship or other reasons -would not otherwise be able to attend an International Astronautical Congress.
  • Young people who wish to meet and interact with other colleagues from around the world with similar interests.
  • Individuals who hope to utilise the knowledge and experiences they gain during the IAC in their careers and in enhancing space and related activities in their home countries.

What does the grant include?

  • Round trip airfare between the candidate’s residence country and Dubai.
  • Support (in kind-services or funding) for local transportation, lodging, and meals during the candidate’s stay in Dubai.
  • Assistance with visa arrangements provided by the IAC Local Organizing Committee and the Government of the United Arab Emirates.
  • Registration to the 71st International Astronautical Congress as well as the Space Generation Congress or the 2020 UN/IAF Workshop.
  • Mentors will provide advice on presentations at the IAC and on activities before and during the IAC to help grant recipients benefit fully from the Congress and related meetings and meet with the grant recipients during the IAC.

Application Deadline:10 February 2020 15:00 Paris Time / UTC + 1:00

Click IAF Invites Application For Its 2020 Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme to apply and get further information.



GMES & Africa Opens Application For Masters In Marine Science, Fisheries And Coastal Management

The Center for Research and Application in Remote Sensing (CURAT) of Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, under the auspices of the GMES & Africa (Marine) project, invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for a university scholarship to obtain a Master’s degree with specialization in the field of Earth observation (EO) for the management of coastal and marine resources.

The GMES & Africa (Marine) project awards scholarships to graduate students in one of the following countries: Benin, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. The scholarship is valid at the University Felix Houphouet-Boigny (host institution). The successful candidate will undertake project work in a field related to OT under the supervision of an expert from the host institution.


A monthly allowance of 350 EUR per month (candidate from the country) or 450 Euro per month (candidate from the region) is mainly intended to help the successful candidate to finish his Master’s degree in the host institution. Applicants who are already recipients of a scholarship, fellowship or grant must not apply.


  • The goal is to sponsor excellent students who are pursuing or intend to pursue a Master’s degree at the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny. Students who have completed their first year of Master’s degree and who are about to start their second year or those who have enrolled in a one-year Science Master’s degree are eligible.
  • Granting of the scholarship is subject to the condition that the successful candidate is enrolled in a Master’s degree at the University of Félix Houphouët-Boigny, to the extent of his candidacy.
  • The Master’s degree program must be in one or more of the following disciplines: Marine Science, Fisheries Science or Coastal Management
  • Remote sensing training and knowledge of computer programming would be an advantage.

Deadline: 15 December 2019

Click GMES & Africa Opens Application For Masters In Marine Science, Fisheries And Coastal Management to apply and get further information.


Apply For Postdoctoral Fellowships In The South African National Space Agency

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has a mandate, as outlined in the South African National Space Agency Act, 2008 (Act No 36 of 2008), to co-ordinate and integrate national space science and technology programmes and conduct long-term planning and implementation of space-related activities in South Africa, for the benefit of the citizens of South Africa.

 The ideal candidates will have:

  • A PhD obtained within the last 3 years (or will be submitting their PhD thesis for examination before February 2020)
  • PhD should be in space physics-related field or is a support field to space physics (such as Computer Science or Applied Mathematics)
  • Preference will be given to candidates who would like to pursue space weather research for their postdoctoral projects in areas such as navigation and/or communication applications, and radiation exposure due to space weather events
  • Independent computer programming skills with a preference for Python
  • The ability to work independently and as part of the team

The candidate should be:

  • A South African citizen
  • Available to start the contract before 1 April 2020

The first shortlist date will be 10 December 2019. Should the positions not be filled by CVs received on this date, then CVs received after this date and prior to 15 January 2020 will be considered.


Click Apply For Postdoctoral Fellowships In The South African National Space Agency to apply and get further information.


Astrofica Technologies Opens Application For 2020 Internship Program

Astrofica is looking for innovative thinkers that are passionate about solving everyday challenges using Space-based technologies. At Astrofica, you will get the opportunity to work with the best minds and leaders in the South African Space industry and get exposed to cutting-edge technologies together with hands-on experience to fully develop your professional skills and competencies.
Qualification Criteria 

Minimum: Matric Senior Certification with work experience or Occupational Qualification at NQF Level 5

Desirable: Tertiary Qualification (undergraduate degree or diploma)

What to expect 
– Access to Astrofica’s unique and dynamic working culture and business environment
– Exposure to cutting-edge technologies
– Hands-on experience
– Development of your professional skills and competencies
– Opportunity to work with some of the best minds and leaders in the South African Space Industry
– Attractive Stipends
Application Deadline: 31 December 2019

Click Astrofica Technologies Opens Application For 2020 Internship Program to apply and get further information.


Participate In Flood Prediction In Malawi Contest And Win USD 10,000 From UNICEF

On 14 March 2019, tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall at the port of Beira, Mozambique, before moving across the region. Millions of people in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have been affected by what is the worst natural disaster to hit southern Africa in at least two decades.

In recent decades, countries across Africa have experienced an increase in the frequency and severity of floods. Malawi has been hit with major floods in 2015 and again in 2019. In fact, between 1946 and 2013, floods accounted for 48% of major disasters in Malawi. The Lower Shire Valley in southern Malawi, bordering Mozambique, composed of Chikwawa and Nsanje Districts is the area most prone to flooding.

The objective of this challenge is to build a machine learning model that helps predict the location and extent of floods in southern Malawi.

This competition is sponsored by Arm and UNICEF as part of the 2030Vision initiative.

1st Place: $5,000 USD
2nd Place: $3,00 USD
3rd Place: $2,000 USD

Competition closes on 31 May 2020.
Final submissions must be received by 11:59 PM GMT.

Click Participate In Flood Prediction In Malawi Contest And Win USD 10,000 From UNICEF to apply and get further information.


Apply For 3 Years Contract as IT Engineer With SANSA

Reporting to the ICT Manager, the incumbent will provide ICT architecture design support to special projects, as well as general Microsoft systems support for the Space Science Programme and Hermanus Facility. In particular, the incumbent will be responsible for the ICT systems design for a new Data Centre that is ISO certified and able to deliver SANSA’s products and services to external clients on a 24/7 basis.

This will include but is not limited to the following duties:

  • Identify best practice solutions for the design, implementation, and reliability of IT systems needed for 24/7 delivery;
  • Design, and subsequently implement, an approved IT plan for the space weather centre project;
  • Provide implementation, administration and monitoring support on Microsoft systems;
  • Troubleshooting of hardware and software related issues and execution of documented operational and maintenance procedures;
  • Recommend technical configurations and operations procedures to continually improve the performance of systems;
  • Document all Microsoft system procedures and processes for ISO certification;
  • Providing scripting support for the maintenance and monitoring of ICT systems;
  • Provide reports on the health of the server infrastructure, including security compliance and capacity management.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • National Diploma in Information Technology or Degree in IT or Computer Engineering or equivalent
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Core Infrastructure certification is essential
  • 5+ years of experience working as a Systems Engineer or IT Engineer or equivalent in a Windows Server-based environment
  • CompTIA A+ and/or VMWare certification would be an advantage
  • Ability to independently perform system support responsibilities for environment build and maintenance, including change requests outside of business hours
  • Expert knowledge and experience of Microsoft servers (including Virtual Servers) and Microsoft operating systems
  • Expert knowledge of Microsoft Active Directory infrastructure, and Microsoft systems patch management
  • Possess an understanding of ITIL Change Management Process …

Deadline: 31 December 2019

Click Apply For 3 Years Contract as IT Engineer With SANSA to apply and get further information.


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