Weekly Round-Up Of Space And Astronomy Opportunities For Africans

Our Friday weekly round-up curates opportunities that are still open for application. 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 and astronomy. 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:

Apply For The UCT Department of Astronomy Bursaries

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Department of Astronomy is pleased to announce 5 undergraduate and Honours bursaries for 2020 funded by the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) to study Astronomy/Astrophysics at UCT. The breakdown is as follows:

Eligibility criteria

South African students who have achieved either:

  • excellent matric results in physical science and mathematics and who have applied to study Astrophysics at UCT

OR

  • a minimum of 60% overall average for their 2019 coursework and who are doing Astrophysics as one of their majors or applying to the NASSP Honours programme.

Please read the bursary terms and conditions here.

For 1st, 2nd and 3rd years:

1) Completed online application form (request online link from Mrs Roslyn Daniels)

2) Scanned copy of an official academic transcript

3) Letter of motivation, written by you, outlining: your reasons for studying astronomy/astrophysics and where you see your undergraduate studies taking you after your BSc degree?

For Honours: (Must already have applied for the NASSP programme.)

1) Completed online application form (request online link from Mrs Roslyn Daniels)

2) Letter of motivation, written by you, outlining: your reasons for studying astronomy and where you see yourself heading after your Honours degree.

Deadline: 27 January 2020

Click Apply For The UCT Department of Astronomy Bursaries here to apply and get further information


Apply For The Data Science for Social Good Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University

The Data Science for Social Good Fellowship is a full-time summer program to train aspiring data scientists to work on machine learning, data science, and AI projects with social impact in a fair and equitable manner. Working closely with governments and nonprofits, fellows take on real-world problems in education, health, criminal justice, sustainability, public safety, workforce development, human services, transportation, economic development, international development, and more.

For three months they learn, hone, and apply their data science, analytical, and coding skills, collaborate in a fast-paced atmosphere and learn from full-time mentors coming from industry and academia.

The 2020 program will bring 24 aspiring data scientists from across the world to Carnegie Mellon University. They are current (or recent) graduate and undergraduate students from quantitative and computational fields – from computer science and machine learning to statistics, math, physical sciences, and engineering, to social sciences, public health, and public policy.

From June until ends of August, they will work in teams of 3-4 on data science projects in partnership with nonprofits and government agencies, to tackle data-intensive high impact problems in education, public health, public safety, transportation, criminal justice, environmental issues, city operations, and social services, learning from full-time experienced mentors and project managers.

Click Apply For The Data Science for Social Good Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University here to apply and get further information


8 Opportunities Available At The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

The following opportunities are coming up this year for conducting microgravity research in space stations or even developing and launching CubeSats.

(1) Fellowship Programme on the Large Diameter Centrifuge Hypergravity Experiment Series (HyperGES)

(2) Fellowship Programme for “Drop Tower Experiment Series” (DropTES)

(3) Accessing Space with the ISS Bartolomeo Platform

(4) Accessing Space with VEGA-C

(5) Applications expected to open in the period Jan-March 2020

(6) Cooperation on the Utilization of the China Space Station (CSS)

(7) Telescope provision by the International Scientific Optical Network

(8) CubeSat Deployment from the ISS Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo)
“KiboCUBE”

Click 8 Opportunities Available At The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs to get further information about the opportunities


Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute Calls For Research Grant Proposal

Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) is pleased to announce a call for research fund grant in line with selected thematic research areas which is applicable as of the budget year of 2019/20(2012 E.C). The research projects should incorporate thematic areas that improve the way space science, technology and application are being used for supporting innovation for the advancement of space science of the country. It is possible to team up from diverse disciplines from research institutes and universities for resolving challenges in space data usage in line with Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTP II) and sustainable development goals of the country.

Based on ESSTI strategic plan, the following thematic areas have been selected for 2019/20 call for proposals:

  • Theoretical and computational astronomy and astrophysics (cosmology, stellar, galaxy….)
  • Observational Astronomy
  • Cultural Astronomy
  • Remote sensing applications (agriculture, hydrology, vegetation, biosphere atmosphere interaction)
  • Regional ionospheric modeling
  • Geomagnetism and its application
  • Coupling (lower- upper atmosphere, magnetosphere)
  • Tropical Atmospheric Dynamics and Climate Science (Climate Extremes, Prediction, and Projection; Regional Climate and Impact Modeling)
  • Hydrological Mass Distribution and Transport using integrated space geodetic techniques
  • Geodetic application for Monitoring of geo-hazards and infrastructure
  • Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and space geodesy
  • Space technology hardware and software development (CubeSat, UAV, space instrumentation, sensor, software, antenna, rocket, telescope,…)
  1. Funding Information

The institute will support up to two million Birr (624 USD) per each project proposal. Grants are solely intended for payments related to the research activities but do not include expenses associated with salary payments.

  1. Duration

Projects will be funded for a period of one to three years based on project type and estimated project lifetime.

Date of submission

All applicant can send their application including cover letter and full proposal until 14 February 2020.

Click Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute Calls For Research Grant Proposal to apply and get further information



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