SAAO - South African Astronomical Observatory

Stobie-SALT Scholarship for PhD study in Astronomy and Astrophysics - 2012

The Stobie-SALT Scholarship Programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics is an initiative aimed at producing the next generation of South African astronomers and astrophysicists through the provision of scholarships for doctoral level study at local and international universities. The scholarship programme is named after the late Dr Bob Stobie, former Director of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and former Chair of the Board of the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT). SALT was inaugurated by President Thabo Mbeki on 10th November 2005 and is the largest single optical/infrared telescope in the southern hemisphere, requiring appropriately trained astronomers and astrophysicists.

The Stobie-SALT Scholarships are offered through funding partnerships between the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and various universities around the world. It provides the necessary support to enable its recipients to pursue a PhD degree in the Astronomy Graduate Programmes of the partner universities. The scholarships will cover full tuition, student living and medical costs, and round-trip travel between South Africa and United Kingdom. Scholarship support will be provided for a maximum period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

The current call for applications is for a scholarship at the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom (UK).

Applications are invited from South African citizens to take up these scholarships and preference will be given to applicants who are from historically disadvantaged communities and/or female. Non South African applicants are invited to query about other funding options. Applicants should possess a minimum of a good Honours (preferably Masters) degree in Physics, Mathematics and/or Engineering. The closing date for applications is 29 February 2012 and the starting date for successful applicant will be April or September 2012 (This is negotiable). Please send your Curriculum Vitae (CV) which must include contact details of 3 referees and also indicate your areas of research to Sivuyile Manxoyi at the South African Astronomical Observatory by post (P.O. Box 9, Observatory, 7935) or email (sivuyile(at)