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 to 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.

Ethiopian Space Science Society Invites Students For The United Space School Program

Ethiopian Space Science Society invites students between 15-19 years old for a 2-week space school session at Houston, Texas between July 19-August 3, 2020. 


Applicants must submit the following to apply:

  • A personal resume or CV
  • An essay that includes the following:

(a) A paragraph outlining how you learned about the United Space School Program and why you would like to attend.

(b) A list of three reasons why you think we should send humans to explore Mars, include sufficient details to support your position. 

Also, include in your answer to why we should risk lives and why the monetary investment is justified.

(c) A list of 5 challenges that you think humanity would face on a Mars mission. Include the cost factors and the budget risk to the crew. Give details on each and potential solutions to these challenges.

  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal, manager or headmaster.

Deadline: Applications must be sent before February 1, 2020

Click Ethiopian Space Science Society Invites Students For The United Space School Program to apply and get further information

Application Open For 6th African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications

The African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications, ASP2020, invites applications for the 6th Edition of its theoretical, experimental, and applied physics biennial African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications. ASP2020 is scheduled from July 5-25, 2020, at Faculté des Sciences Semlalia, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh, Morocco.

The aim of the biennial African School of Fundamental Physics and Application is to build the capacity to harvest, interpret, and exploit the results of current and future physics experiments and to increase proficiency in related applications. It also seeks to achieve sustainable training in Africa by encouraging investments in research and development and international cooperation.

Main topics

  1. Nuclear and Particle Physics;
  2. Astrophysics and Cosmology;
  3. Accelerators, Radiation and Medical Physics;
  4. Materials Physics;
  5. High-Performance Computing;
  6. Physics Education;
  7. Physics Communication;
  8. Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency;
  9. Quantum Information.

Students with a minimum of 3-year university education in Fundamental and Applied Physics who had not attended the ASP before may apply.

Deadline for application: 15 January 2020.

Click Application Open For 6th African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications to apply and get further information.

IAF Invites Applications 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.

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.

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

On the 14th of 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 was hit by floods in 2015 and again in 2019. In fact, between 1946 and 2013, floods accounted for 48 per cent of 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: USD 5,000
2nd Place: USD 3,000
3rd Place: USD 2,000

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.

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 five years of management experience
  • Experience with grant management (writing proposals, adhering to grant rules, budgeting) is essential
  • Willingness to travel, including travelling 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 following this.

 Closing date: 24 January 2020.

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

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