South African National Space Agency (SANSA): Bursaries 2024

South African National Space Agency (SANSA) invites South African students to apply for Bursary Programme 2025 academic year.

Bursary Application Closing Date: 30 September 2024

SANSA will be awarding bursaries for Postgraduate degree studies, within the following 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, air quality and climate science

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

  • Software and software systems engineering
  • Aeronautical, aerospace, mechanical, material, process, electronic, mechatronic and computer engineering
  • Space, systems, antenna and RF engineering
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • Digital signal processing, onboard earth observation mission management, onboard data analysis and reaction, ground operations, earth observation and science data analysis reporting

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
  • Multi-scale ionospheric physics, structure and dynamics
  • Ionospheric and radio propagation modelling
  • Theory of waves (solitons) in plasmas
  • Atmospheric radiation studies
  • Verification of space weather forecasting
  • Modelling geomagnetically induced currents in power systems

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
  • Space Weather impacts on global navigation satellite systems
  • Evaluation of the space weather near-real-time products

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

  • Honours studies: R100 000 for 1 year of study
  • Masters studies: R120 000 for 2 years of study
  • PhD studies: R140 000 for 3 years of study

Bursary recipient may NOT be in receipt of bursaries that exceed the amount above – 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 – 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 be studying or intend on studying towards a postgraduate qualification, in one of the fields listed above
  • You must have strong academic potential
  • You must have proven financial need
  • You must be interested in working within the space sector
  • You must wish to bring positive benefits to society
  • You must be driven and a forward thinker

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online at: SANSA Bursary Application 2025

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

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