African Astronomical Society (AfAS) 2022 Master & PhD Prizes for African Students: (Deadline 9 May 2022)

African Astronomical Society (AfAS) 2022 Master & PhD Prizes for African Students: (Deadline 9 May 2022)

African Astronomical Society (AfAS) 2022 Master & PhD Prizes for African Students: (Deadline 9 May 2022)

Established by the AfAS Early-Careers Working Group, the inaugural AfAS MSc and PhD Prizes aim to recognize and reward the outstanding accomplishments achieved by academically talented African students who recently defended their Master’s or PhD thesis in the field of Astronomy (including Astrophysics & Space Science). A total of 8 prizes (4 MSc, 4 PhD) to be shared over 4 African regions (North, South, East, and West Africa) will be conferred each year with a cash prize of $400 for an MSc and $800 for a PhD award, respectively.

The African Astronomical Society (AfAS) is the primary pan-African professional society representing astronomers from across the continent.  AfAS aims to create and support a globally competitive and collaborative astronomy community in Africa and to be the voice of astronomy in the continent while contributing to addressing the challenges faced by Africa through the promotion and advancement of astronomy.

About African Astronomical Society (AfAS)

The call for a Pan-African professional society of astronomers goes back several years. In 2008 both Peter Martinez (South Africa) and Pius Okeke (Nigeria) published articles on ways to develop astronomy in Africa, the latter specifically calling for the formation of a Pan-African African Astronomical Society. Regional professional astronomical societies had been formed in both West Africa and East Africa. Colleagues in North Africa also have organized professional astronomy organizations, and the history of astronomy in South Africa is well document.

AfAS Master & PhD Prizes

  • Type Postgraduate
  • Organisation African Astronomical Society (AfAS)
  • Country to study
  • School to study
  • Course to study Not specified
  • State of Origin
  • Gender Men and Women
  • Application Deadline May 9, 2022

Aim and Benefits of AfAS Master & PhD Prizes

A total of 8 prizes (4 MSc, 4 PhD) to be shared over 4 African regions (North, South, East, and West Africa) will be conferred each year with a cash prize of $400 for an MSc and $800 for a PhD award, respectively.

Requirements for AfAS Master & PhD Prizes Qualification

To qualify for the award, you should fulfil the following conditions:

  • Candidates must be a citizen of an African country.
  • Candidates must have conducted their research degree in Astronomy (including Astrophysics & Space Science) at an academic or scientific research institute in Africa.
  • Candidates must have successfully completed their degree (graduated or at least received a notification from their university) within a year of the call, i.e. between 30 April 2021 and 30 April 2022 for the 2022 MSc/PhD Prize. Theses which are submitted or in preparation but not yet defended are not eligible.

Interview date, Process and Venue for AfAS Master & PhD Prizes

Applications will be reviewed and ranked by AfAS PhD Prize Committee based on the following criteria:

  • Excellence of the overall academic performance and achievements;
  • Relevance and originality of the MSc/PhD thesis;
  • Publication track record, commensurate with the applicant’s career stage;
  • Participation in scientific meetings and research presentations;
  • Impact of the research work in the advancement of Astronomy in Africa.

AfAS reserves the right not to award any prize in part or in whole.

Application Deadline

May 9, 2022

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to African Astronomical Society (AfAS) on www.africanastronomicalsociety.org to applyALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY UPLOADING THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS TO THE AFAS SUBMISSION FORM AVAILABLE HERE:

  • A detailed CV including list of scientific publications (maximum 3 pages) and contact details of two academic referees;
  • A one page summary of the most important publications, if applicable;
  • A thesis summary (maximum 2 pages) including  (but are not limited to)  the research title, the scientific rationale, the most significant findings and conclusions;
  • A motivation letter addressed to the AfAS Science Committee explaining why the applicant deserves the prize;
  • Copies of official academic records (transcripts);
  • A certified copy of the most recent completed degree.

Applicants should also arrange for signed recommendation letters from two academic referees to be sent directly to Dr Charles Takalana by 09 May 2022. At least one letter must be from the thesis advisor who is familiar with the applicant’s research work.

Incomplete applications or files submitted after the deadline, as well as applications that do not meet the conditions of eligibility, will not be taken into consideration.

If you are submitting any supporting documents in your local language, you must upload at least an informal translation into English.

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For more details, visit AfAS website.

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