Last week, I posted about the big opportunities available for Namibian students in the African VLBI Network Project. Some Non-Namibian students studying in Namibia and in other countries in Africa have been asking me if such opportunities exist for them as well. I have searched around and I have an answer for such students.
So far, apart from South Africa, there are eight SKA SA partner countries, which include Botswana, Mozambique, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Madagascar, Namibia, and Mauritius.
As of last year, the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa was offering MSc and PhD bursaries to citizens of all the nine SKA SA partner countries, who wish to complete a relevant PhD or MSc degree at a university in South Africa or in any of the SKA SA partner countries.
So it is possible for citizens of South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Kenya, and Ghana to get bursaries for postgraduate studies under the SKA scheme. The application procedures will be available on the NRF website, when the application window for 2016 opens. I will also post the application procedures on this blog once they become available.
Students from non-SKA SA countries, who are interested in radio astronomy and its affiliated fields, do not have to give up their interest simply because they are illegible for these bursaries. Where there is a will, there will always be a way! Keep on pursuing your dream, an opportunity will come your way soon!