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SANSA – Bursary 2023

Closing Date: 30 September 2022

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, 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

Bursaries will be awarded for the following duration of time:

  • Honours studies: 1 year
  • Masters studies: 2 years
  • PhD studies: 3 year

Masters and doctoral students must reapply for continued funding each year. Bursaries are renewable only if students achieve satisfactory academic results.

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


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 2023

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

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • June 2022 results or progress report of all subjects if no examinations were written (certified copy)
  • Full academic record (certified copy)
  • Fee statement for ALL study years (certified copy)
  • Completed SANSA testimonial by education official (.pdf)

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