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:

Nomination Open For 2020 Royal Society Medal & Award

The Royal Society Africa Prize is to recognize outstanding research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the sciences which contributes significantly to capacity building in Africa.

The winner will receive a bronze medal, accompanied by a £15,000 grant towards their research project and a gift of £2,000.

Awards are open to citizens of a Commonwealth country or of the Irish Republic or those who have been ordinarily resident and working in a Commonwealth country or in the Irish Republic for a minimum of three years immediately prior to being proposed. Three of our Premier Awards are open internationally and the Milner Award is open to European citizens and residents of 12 months or more.

Nominees cannot be members of the Royal Society Council, Premier Awards Committee, or selection Committees. If the award is externally funded, nominees cannot be employed by the organization funding the medal. Self-nominations are not accepted and members of the selection committee cannot nominate for their own awards.

Nominations are valid for three cycles of the award unless otherwise stated. Nominators are given the opportunity to update nominations in December each year.

The Terms and Conditions (PDF) of the Royal Society Africa Prize should be read before submitting a nomination.

Deadline: Nominations close on Monday 27 January 2020 at 3 pm. 

Click Nomination Open For 2020 Royal Society Medal & Award to nominate and get further information

Princeton University Invites Women in Physics And Astronomy For Its 2020 Rising Stars in Physics Workshop

The Department of Physics at Princeton invites top early-career women in physics and astronomy who are interested in careers in academia to apply to the Rising Stars in Physics Workshop to be held on the Princeton University campus from the 15-17 of April, 2020.

This workshop will bring the next generation of physics academic leaders together for two days of scientific discussions and informal sessions aimed at navigating the early stages of the academic career. In addition to research presentations, we will hold panel discussions with Princeton and Invited faculty on issues relevant to academic careers, have opportunities for informal networking with faculty members at Princeton, and set aside time for the participants to get to know each other and form connections that will hopefully persist through time.


An eligible applicant must be within approximately one year of graduating with her Ph.D. or have obtained her Ph.D. no earlier than 2014.

Selection Criteria

A group of 20-25 outstanding candidates will be selected from all applications submitted.  Preference will be given to candidates who are considering applying for faculty positions in the fall of 2020.

Accommodations and Travel

Princeton will cover meals and shared accommodations for up to three nights, and reimburse up to $600 in travel expenses (air, rail). All workshop accommodations/venues/facilities are fully accessible.

Application Deadline: Monday, February 10, 2020

Click Princeton University Invites Women in Physics And Astronomy For Its 2020 Rising Stars in Physics Workshop to apply and get further information

International Astronomical Union Seeks An International Fundraiser; Apply

The International Astronomical Union seeks an IAU International Fundraiser to lead the implementation of the IAU’s fundraising efforts worldwide, especially for the OAD. The Fundraiser will be working closely with the IAU President Prof. Ewine van Dishoeck, with the OAD Director Kevin Govender, and with the Astronomy & Society group of Leiden Observatory led by Dr. Pedro Russo.

Selection criteria

  • A university degree in science communication, astronomy or any other relevant field;
  • Proven experience with fundraising;
  • Experience with writing and coordinating grant proposals;
  • Proven skills in written, visual and verbal communications;
  • Knowledgeable in principles and models of public engagement with science;
  • Knowledgeable in science for development and/or science diplomacy;
  • Experience in working with diverse international communities;
  • Fluency in English and preferably an excellent knowledge of at least one additional language;
  • Proven skills with project management;
  • A passion for astronomy;
  • Experience in crowdfunding campaigns would be an advantage;
  • Significant travel is expected as part of the fundraising activities.
  • The position is only open to candidates already eligible to work in the European Union (EU citizens or candidate holders of an EU working visa).

Deadline: Only applications received no later than 13 January 2020 can be considered.

Click International Astronomical Union Seeks An International Fundraiser; Apply to apply and get further information

Science Advancement Manager Position Available at SANSA

The South African National Space Agency seeks a science advancement manager with experience in Science Education. Reporting to the Managing Director, the incumbent will provide appropriate science advancement services and support for SANSA while managing all aspects of the Hermanus, Science Advancement Unit (SAU). The SAU includes the management of the SANSA Science Centre, and the SANSA mobile lab.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • BSc Education and Honour’s Degree in Science Education
  • 8 – 10 years’ experience in science education with at least 5 years of management experience
  • Experience with grant management (writing proposals, adhering to grant rules, budgeting) is essential
  • Willingness to travel, including traveling to rural areas
  • Keen problem solving and analytical thinking skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Excellent verbal, and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and with minimum supervision

SANSA subscribes to the principles of Employment Equity.  Preference will be given to candidates in accordance with this.

 Closing date: 24 January 2020.

Click to Science Advancement Manager Position Available at SANSA apply and get further information.

China-South Africa Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship Invites Application on Cosmology and Radio Astronomy

The key laboratory of computational astrophysics in National Astronomical Observatory of China (NAOC), and the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit in University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) invites application for a few joint postdoctoral research fellows in various subjects of astrophysics with an emphasis on radio astronomy, cosmology, and large-scale structure simulation.

The postdoctoral fellowship is within the scheme of the Chinese—South African Forum of Astronomy and NAOC—UKZN Computational Astrophysics Centre (NUCAC) and will aim to use the large survey projects developing in the two countries to do research. The research areas for this joint postdoctoral fellowship include Intergalactic Medium and large-scale
structure, 21-cm cosmology, Numerical simulation of structure formation, Cosmology with galaxy surveys, and FAST and MeerKAT science.

The candidate is expected to spend two years in South Africa or in China and then reverse to the opposite country to work on the collaboration. The minimal qualification is Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, computational physics or related field completed or expected by the effective date. Significant computational skills, parallel programming, and data analysis
skills are preferred.

DEADLINE: 31st December 2019 (full consideration), although the late application is also accepted until the position is filled.

Click China-South Africa Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship Invites Application on Cosmology and Radio Astronomy to apply and get further information.


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