To the attention of 1st and 2nd year students in Physics and Computer Science:
The SKA, in partnership with UWC, are now offering a total of 4 scholarships to the value of 113 000 ZAR per student per year. This is targeted to students with excellent academic performance and registered at 1st year and 2nd year in 2016, majoring in Physics and Mathematics. Students in Computer Science, with co-major in Mathematics, can also be considered depending on conditions below. 3rd year students might also be considered in some circumstances.
If interested, please send an email to Prof. Mario Santos (UWC, Physics Department) at: mariogrs AT gmail.com. Please include your Matric results (1st years) or your marks from the previous undergraduate year (for 2nd years).
Students must have achieved a minimum of 60% in Mathematics and Physical Science in Grade 12 (for 1st years), or a minimum of 60% for their major subjects at undergraduate level (for 2nd years). Students must demonstrate the intention to pursue postgraduate research in astronomy (or related subjects). Students must be South African citizens. Preference will be given to students who contribute to the transformation of SKA SA’s capacity development programme.
Scientists from South Africa are playing a leading role in developing the Square Kilometre Array. The SKA telescope, to be built part in South Africa, will allow scientists to look far back into the history of the universe. It will give much more detail than before on how the universe has evolved over the 14 thousand million years of its existence. This international scientific experiment will dramatically extend our knowledge on how stars, galaxies and clusters of galaxies formed and how they have changed since the Universe was young. It will also help shed further light on exciting questions such as: “Is Einstein’s theory of gravity complete?” and “How did life start in the universe?” Could you see yourself being part of this, the biggest science endeavour in astronomy ever? If so, then why not apply for a SKA funded undergraduate scholarship?