Square Kilometre Array Project Undergraduate and Honours Bursary Programme for South Africans.

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Deadline:September 30 2013

South African Square Kilometre Array is calling for Applications for its undergraduate and Honors bursary programme for South African applicants. The bursary is awarded for a Bachelor of Science–Honours degree majoring in Physics and Mathematics and for a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Electronic Engineering or Mechanical Engineering only) at a South African university. The bursary covers tuition fees, living costs (rent, food, travel etc.) and for books and stationery.

Eligibility Requirement

The following students are eligible for an SKA SA undergraduate or honours bursary

  1. South African citizens ONLY.
  2. Students who wish to study, or are studying, towards a Bachelor of Science degree; majoring in Physics and Mathematics, at a South African university.
  3. Students who wish to study towards a Bachelor of Science – Honours degree at a South African university; and who majored in Physics and Mathematics at undergraduate level,
  4. Students who wish to study, or are studying, towards a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Electronic Engineering or Mechanical Engineering only), at a South African university.
  5. Students who have achieved a minimum C in mathematics and science in Grade 12, or a minimum 60% for major subjects at undergraduate level.
  6. Students who intend to pursue postgraduate research in radio astronomy, or in an engineering discipline relevant to radio astronomy.

NOTE:
Students who wish to study towards an honours degree through the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP), must apply directly to NASSP, and NOT through the SKA SA. See: http://www.star.ac.za/

Conditions of an SKA SA undergraduate or honours bursary

  • The award of an SKA SA undergraduate or honours bursary to a student will be based on academic performance, determined through the evaluation of the student’s most recent Grade 12, or university results. Other selection criteria include academic merit, leadership qualities, and previous award of prizes and honours.
  • Students currently completing Grade 12 must include a certified copy of their most recent Grade 12 results with their applications and, when available, a certified copy of their final Grade 12 results.
  • Students currently completing first year, second year or third year of their degree, must include a certified copy of ALL university results-from first year to the current year of study,and a certified copy of their final Grade 12 results.
  • Students who are awarded a bursary will have to provide proof of registration with a South African university before any funds will be paid to the university, for the student.
  • After a bursary is awarded, a change in course of study or institution where the studies are to be undertaken requires approval from the SKA SA. (SKA SA reserves the right not to approve such changes).
  • After a bursary is awarded, continued funding is dependent on satisfactory academic performance (maintaining a minimum 60% average in June and December).
  • All successful students will be required to submit their university academic transcripts in June and December of each year, for evaluation by the SKA SA.
  • Students who do obtain a minimum of 60% will not receive further funding from SKA SA.
  • Students who do not obtain the degree for which the bursary was awarded, relinquish their studies, or leave the tertiary institution during the period for which the bursary was awarded, will have to refund all payments of the bursary already received.
  • On completion of the studies supported by means of the bursary, students are required to submit a copy of their degree to the SKA SA.

Payment of an SA SKA undergraduate or honours bursary

  • Funds will be paid to the university, where the student is registered, in two installments.
  • The first instalment will be paid at the start of the academic year (February) and the second instalment will be paid in July / August, subject to satisfactory academic performance.
  • The amount remaining after tuition (and residence fees if relevant) has been paid to the university, must be used by the student to pay f or living costs (rent, food, travel etc.) and for books and stationery.

No additional funding will be provided for any reason. Any other non-SKA SA funding received by a student must be declared to the SKA SA in writing.

Application process

  • Only one application form per student must be completed and submitted.
  • In completing an application form for a bursary from the SKA SA, you accept the conditions listed above.
  • No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.
  • Successful students will be notified by 6 December 2013.
  • The SKA SA reserves the right not to accept any application in part or in whole.
  • The decision of the SKA SA will be final and no correspondence will be entered into after the decision.
  • As a business unit of the National Research Foundation, the SKA SA is committed to employment equity and redress.

Application form: nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za

Contact Rose Robertson at Rose@nrf.ac.za

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Square Kilometre Array Project Undergraduate and Honours Bursary Programme

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