Closing Date: Saturday 30th of September 2023
Organization South African National Space Agency (SANSA)
Employment Type Bursary
Province Gauteng
Town/City Johannesburg
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South African National Space Agency (SANSA) invites South African student to apply for Bursary Programme 2024 academic year.

SANSA will be awarding bursaries for Postgraduate studies (Honours/4th year, MTech, Masters, DTech and Doctoral), within these fields:

Earth Observation (Hons, MSc, PhD)

  • Remote sensing
  • Geospatial programme
  • Earth system science with remote sensing
  • Earth observations in ecosystems accounting
  • Applications of remote sensing in environmental management, including oceans and marine, agricultural and rangelands, water resource management, mineral resource and spatial planning

Engineering (MEng, MTech, MSc, PhD, DTech)

  • Software and software systems engineering
  • Aeronautical, aerospace, mechanical, electrical, electronic, mechatronic and computer engineering
  • Space, systems, antenna and RF engineering

Space Science (Hons, MSc, MPhil, PhD)

  • Solar physics and space weather forecasting
  • Antarctic radar studies of atmospheric gravity waves
  • Multi-instrument studies of space weather
  • Modelling geomagnetically induced currents in power systems
  • Multi-scale ionospheric physics, structure and dynamics
  • Ionospheric and radio propagation modelling
  • Theory of waves and solutions in plasmas
  • Atmospheric radiation studies
  • Verification of space weather forecasting

All SANSA divisions (Hons, MSc, PhD)

  • Computer science
  • Information systems
  • Software and systems engineering
  • Data science
  • Field of your choice related to key SANSA objectives

SANSA bursaries will be awarded to the following values (these amounts may be revised):

  • Honours studies: R100 000 for 1 year of study (as well as an allowance, determined on a case-to-case basis)
  • Masters studies: R120 000 (all inclusive) for 2 years of study
  • PhD studies: R140 000 (all inclusive) for 3 years of study

Bursary recipient may NOT be in receipt of bursaries that exceed the amount above โ€“ if applicants have another bursary of a lower amount amount, SANSA may provide a top-up bursary to the student and not the full bursary amount.

Masters and doctoral students must reapply for funding each year โ€“ bursaries will be renewed based on satisfactory progress during the previous year.


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):

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must have strong academic potential
  • You must be studying or intend on studying towards a postgraduate qualification, in one of the fields listed above
  • You must have proven financial need

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online at: SANSA Bursary Application 2024

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your online application (the submission of these documents is compulsory โ€“ if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • ID document (certified and in pdf format)
  • Full academic record (certified and in pdf format)
  • Fee statement for ALL study years (certified copy)
  • Completed SANSA testimonial by education official (.pdf)
  • Proof of any undergraduate bursaries/ funding, if applicable
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