Student Development


Aspiring to address the country's skills requirements, in the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) domain as well as the acutely low (28.3%) enrolment in the SET fields, SANSA utilises the novelties associated with space as a vehicle to stimulate interest in SET. SANSA Space Science contributes to this initiative by means of summer and winter schools, the supervision of MSc and PhD students, as well as teaching at partner universities.

MSc and PhD students are registered at one of SANSA's partner universities around the country and supervised by a SANSA researcher. Students are usually based in Hermanus at SANSA Space Science Student Residence and participate in monthly SANSA student seminars and local conferences.

Honours students who wish to do Space Science projects are based at respective universities, and spend their winter vacation (up to 4 weeks) at SANSA Space Science working on their research projects with SANSA supervisors.

SANSA also provides additional support for on-site students in the form of English tutoring and soft skills training


South African citizens with proven academic potential, who wish to study towards a postgraduate degree in Space Science and have a supervisor and project in mind, may apply for a SANSA bursary. Bursary applications open on 1 October and close on 31 October in the year prior to the year of study. In some cases late applications will be considered in January if sufficient funds are available.

SANSA bursaries are currently only available for study towards postgraduate degrees at South African Universities.


SANSA also runs various in-service training courses in navigational support and space weather.

A limited number of vacation work projects are available for university students with SANSA researchers during the July and December vacation periods.

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