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The African Astronomical Society (AfAS) invites applications for the AfAS-2022 MSc and PhD Prizes to recognise and reward the outstanding accomplishments achieved by academically talented African students who recently defended their Master’s or PhD thesis in the field of Astronomy (including Astrophysics & Space Science). A total of 8 prizes (4 MSc, 4 PhD) to be shared over 4 African regions (North, South, East, and West Africa) will be conferred each year with a cash prize of $400 for an MSc and $800 for a PhD award, respectively.

Application deadline: 09 May 2022

To qualify for the award, you should fulfil the following conditions:

  • Candidates must be a citizen of an African country.
  • Candidates must have conducted their research degree in Astronomy (including Astrophysics & Space Science) at an academic or scientific research institute in Africa.
  • Candidates must have successfully completed their degree (graduated or at least received a notification from their university) within a year of the call, i.e. between 30 April 2021 and 30 April 2022, for the 2022 MSc/PhD Prize. Theses which are submitted or in preparation but not yet defended are not eligible.

All applications must be submitted online:


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