South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Prize Scholarship 2020 | Up to R180,000 Per Year

South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is now accepting applications from eligible South Africans or citizens of other African countries for its 2020 Prize Scholarship. The deadline for submission of applications for the SAAO Prize Scholarship is July 31, 2019.


The SAAO Prize Scholarship is a prestigious annually awarded scholarship offered to a top African student to work on a PhD project supervised by researchers at the SAAO.

The scholarship is for a 3-year PhD registered at a South African university and the student will be required to spend a minimum of 60% of their time at the SAAO. The scholarship will cover tuition and a generous stipend for living expenses. Additional support for conference travel and equipment will be provided.

SAAO Prize Scholarship Eligibility.

  • Open to South Africans or citizens of other African countries;
  • Applicants should hold, or are studying towards, an MSc degree in physics, astrophysics, or a closely related area (ideally with some astronomy background), and must be ready to register for a PhD at the start of the 2020 academic year (typically the end of February 2020).

SAAO Prize Scholarship Funding.

  • Up to R180,000 per year (plus support for tuition, equipment and travel).

SAAO Prize Scholarship Selection Criteria.

  • The selection criteria will be academic merit, motivation, aptitude for research, transformation considerations, and results of the interview.

How to Apply for SAAO Prize Scholarship.

Send your CV, motivation, academic transcript to and arrange for 2 reference letters to be sent to the same address by the closing date.

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