POSTGRADUATE STUDENT DEVELOPMENTAspiring 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 contributes to this initiative by means of summer and winter schools, the provision of honours projects in space related fields, 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 are usually supervised by a SANSA researcher or a University supervisor affiliated with SANSA. Students can be based at SANSA in Hermanus where they would participate in monthly SANSA student seminars and local conferences. SANSA also supports students based at their registered university working on a space related project. Honours students who wish to do SANSA projects are based at respective universities, and spend their winter vacation (up to 4 weeks) 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.
POSTGRADUATE STUDENT BURSARIES
South African citizens with proven academic potential, who wish to study towards a postgraduate degree in a space related field and have a supervisor and project in mind, may apply for a SANSA bursary. SANSA will also advise students on suitable projects and supervisors if there is a need.
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 (honours and up) at South African Universities.
SHORT COURSES 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.