Apply for the PAPSSN 4th Mobility Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

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The Pan-African Planetary and Space Science Network (PAPSSN) invites applications from African nationals for scholarships in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space and Planetary Science, Planetary Geology, and Remote Sensing. The overarching objective of the PAPSSN is to promote the education of young scientists who will meet the requirements of the large Planetary and Space Science projects expected to remain active for the next 20 years.

In addition, the project will integrate skilled human capital into the growing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and the Planetary and space Science labour market, creating skilled workers and STEM entrepreneurs.

PAPSSN scholarships are jointly administered by five (5) African partner institutions, where selected students and staff can engage in postgraduate studies, research, teaching or training. The African partners include:

  • Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) – Botswana;
  • Addis Ababa University (AAU) – Ethiopia;
  • Copperbelt University (CBU) – Zambia;
  • The University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) – Nigeria; and
  • University of Witwatersrand (Wits) – South Africa; 

Technical Partner

  • Università di Bologna – Italy.
Benefit 

The PAPSSN scholarship includes a return air ticket and visa costs, participation costs such as tuition fees, registration and service fees, insurance (health, accident, travel), settling-in allowance, monthly stipends and a contribution towards the research costs associated with student mobility of ten (10) months or longer. Furthermore, the PAPSSN consortium is committed to offering 50% of its scholarships to women and candidates from disadvantaged or marginalised groups.

Eligibility
  • Previous and current recipients of intra-ACP or Intra-Africa scholarships are not eligible to apply for this scholarship, and
  • Eligible candidates for the scholarship available in this first call of PAPSSN are all African nationals and residents, registered or having obtained a degree in one of the Higher Education Institutions, and members of the PAPSSN consortium.
The 4th PAPSSN Call offers the following scholarships:
Target group 1 [applicants from or graduated at one of the partner universities]
  • 2x Staff Mobility (3 months Academic Mobility + one-month Admin Mobility) to BIUST, Botswana;
  • 3x Staff Mobility (two 3 months Academic Mobility + one-month Admin Mobility) to Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia;
  • 1x Staff Mobility one-month Admin Mobility, to the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa;
  • 3x Staff Mobility (two 3 months Academic Mobility + one-month Admin Mobility) to the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Nigeria;
  • 3x Staff Mobility (two 3 months Academic Mobility + one-month Admin Mobility) to Copperbelt University (CBU), Zambia;
  • 3x MSc Credit Seeking (6 months) to University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa;
  • 3x MSc Credit Seeking (6 months) to University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Nigeria;
  • 3x MSc Credit Seeking (6 months) to Copperbelt University (CBU), Zambia;
  • 1x MSc Credit Seeking (12 months) to Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia;
  • 1x PhD Credit Seeking (12 months) to University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa;
  • 1x PhD Credit Seeking (12 months) to the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Nigeria; and
  • 1x PhD Credit Seeking (12 months) to Copperbelt University (CBU), Zambia.
Target group 2 [applicants not from one of the partner universities]
  • 2x MSc Credit Seeking (6 months) to University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Nigeria;
  • 2x MSc Credit Seeking (6 months) to Copperbelt University (CBU), Zambia;
  • 1x PhD Credit Seeking (12 months) to the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Nigeria; and
  • 1x PhD Credit Seeking (12 months) to Copperbelt University (CBU), Zambia.
How to Apply
Deadline

Applications will close on 15 March 2024.

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