SKA South Africa Bursaries

By | January 8, 2020

SKA South Africa Bursaries


SKA South Africa Bursaries

SKA South Africa Bursaries

About SKA South Africa Bursaries

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) (formerly known as “SKA SA”) is managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

SARAO will soon be called the creator of the largest radio telescope ever, and the science it produces will help to better understand the universe. SARAO will be located in Africa and Australia, while African will be built in South Africa and 8 other African countries. The construction of

SARAO is planned to start in early 2019. Its total collection area should be 1 square kilometer, and preliminary observations are planned for 2022. The project is located in the UK.

SARAO will award scholarships in the following research fields (university degrees and honoraria):

  • Computer Engineering (Bachelor)
  • Electrical Engineering (Bachelor)
  • Electronic Engineering (Bachelor)
  • Mechanical Engineering (Bachelor)
  • Electromechanical Engineering (Computer Science (specialization))
  • Mathematics or Applied Mathematics) (Bachelor of Science)
  • Mathematics or Applied Mathematics and Physics (Bachelor of Science)
  • Electronics and Physics (Bachelor of Science)
  • Astronomy or Astrophysics and Physics (Bachelor of Science)
  • NASSP (Astrophysics National) Science and Space Science Program) (Bachelor of Science: Honors)
  • Physics and Electronics or Computer Science or Astronomy or Astrophysics (Bachelor of Science Honors)


The duration of the scholarships will be awarded as follows: 4 years for first year students, 3 years for second year students, 2 years for third year students and 1 year for Honours or fourth year students. Scholarships are currently being awarded at R140 000 per annum (this amount may be subject to change each year).

SARAO scholarship recipients who are in honours and fourth year, will be required to attend an annual workshop during mid-year university holidays.

Chosen applicants will receive notification by 11 November – should you not receive any feedback, please regard your application as unsuccessful.


Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • South African citizen OR South African permanent resident
  • Studying or intend on studying within one of the aforementioned fields of study
  • Achieved a minimum result of 70% for Mathematics and Physical Science in Matric OR or achieved a minimum overall average of 60% for tertiary studies
  • Have read and agreed to all the terms of the SARAO Undergraduate and Honours Scholarship Guide (.pdf)


Applications must be done online at:

You will be required to Register an account before you can Login and apply.
Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your online application (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application be disregarded):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate (certified copy)
  • Latest tertiary results (certified copy)
  • Proof of University registration


For any queries related to this Scholarship programme, please contact SKA SA/ SARAO directly:
Contact Person: Annah Mashemola
Telephone: 011 442 2434

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