South African National Space Agency (SANSA) Bursary 2017 – 2018



The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) are a public entity oraganisation which was founded in 2010 and are operating under the National Department of Science and Technology (DST).

SANSA are offering bursary awards to students who are passionate and that want to excel in their chosen field of study.


Bursaries will be awarded to Postgraduate students in the following fields of study:
Earth Observation (Hons/ PhD/ MSc):

  • Systems Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Science
  • Earth Systems Science with Remote Sensing
  • Remote Sensing
  • Geospatial Programing

Space Science (Hons/ PhD/ MSc/ MPhil):

  • Geomagnetically induced currents in power systems
  • Improvement of SANSA’s ionospheric and radio propagation model
  • Multi-scale ionospheric physics, structure and dynamics
  • Multi-instrument studies of space weather
  • Antarctic radar studies of climate change
  • Theory of waves and solitons in plasma

Engineering (Hons/ PhD/ MSc/ MTech/ MEng/ BTech/ DTech):

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Antenna and Radio Frequency Systems Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Systems Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Space Engineering

All divisions (Hons/ PhD/ MSc):

  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Information Systems



Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying:

  • South African citizen,
  • Achieved a minimum average of 65% from previous degree qualification,
  • Intend on enrolling to study a Honours, Masters and DTech/ PhD qualification,
  • Satisfy the minimum entry criteria for acceptance into one of the aforementioned fields of study at a recognised South African University,
  • Identify the research area of their interest (projects will be assigned to students).

*Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged applicants.


Apply online at:
You will be required to register an account before you can login and apply.

You will be required to upload the following supporting documents (in .pdf/ .word or .tif format and no larger than 2048KB):

  • ID document (certified copy),
  • June exam results or progress report (certified copy),
  • Complete SANSA Testimonial Form (pdf),
  • MSc and PhD students must add their research proposal.



31 July 2017.


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