SANSA SCHOLARSHIP (South African National Space Agency)

Apply for the South African National Space Agency- SANSA Bursary.

DEALINE: May 30, 2022

SANSA Scholarship

South Africa needs an increase in science and engineering graduates if we are to effectively equip the country with the necessary and scarce skills to achieve the goals of the National Development Plan and ensure a successful and sustainable future for our citizens. SANSA offers postgraduate scholarships to contribute to the national target for qualified postgraduate students in science and engineering.

Financing Solar Physics and Space Weather Forecast


Scope of our projects:

How active can the sun be?

Activity on the sun has a direct influence on the environment of space near the earth. We have actively measured solar activity throughout the space age, that is, from the late 1970s. Some indicators of solar activity, such as sunspots, have been measured for hundreds of years. Those data show long periods of very low activity, and some periods of high activity. The natural question is, “What are the limits of solar activity?” Using observations from the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), we can construct a hyperspectral image of the sun.

Each pixel in the image has a spectrum and can be correlated with magnetic field information from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). What would a theoretical sun made up of all silent pixels do to the Earth? Perhaps more importantly, what is the sun’s maximum activity level, and how would it affect space weather?

How does the sun’s hydrogen emission change during the solar cycle?

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and it forms the brightest emission line in the solar spectrum.

The shape of the line is determined by conditions in the sun’s outer atmosphere, which change on both long and short time scales. The aim of this project is to see how the shape of a particular hydrogen line changes from year to year as the sun becomes more active, and to correlate these changes with other indicators of solar activity.

Scholarship criteria

The main criteria used in the selection of successful applicants are financial need, academic potential and career-oriented study programs.

Note the following:

An application will only be processed if it has been completed properly and completely. Documents attached to the application form must be uploaded and certified. The testimonial form must be completed by the supervisor and uploaded to the application form.

For the 2022 academic year, successful applicants will receive scholarships with values ​​as listed below:

Hons – R100 000 (one year). Masters – R120,000 per year for two years.PhD – R140,000 per year for three years.

Applicants must not have a combination of scholarships in excess of these amounts. If an applicant has another scholarship from a landlord, SANSA will consider providing an additional amount to the student, provided the student meets the above criteria.

Support for ongoing years is not guaranteed and will depend on satisfactory progress in the previous year.

The completed application must be submitted no later than May 30, 2022 if you want to be considered for a scholarship for 2022.

All questions can be sent to Please note that only completed forms are eligible for selection.


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