UWC – CRC MSc and Ph.D. Bursary 2023

Any postgraduate students who want to take their studies further in astrophysics may just be in luck!

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is now allowing students involved in astrophysics to take their education a step further.

UCT is now inviting students to apply for its MSc and Ph.D. bursary provided by its Centre for Radio Cosmology.

If this seems promising to you, we highly recommend that you apply right away.

Below is a guideline on how to do that and how this bursary operates.

You should read through everything before making any decision.

Closing Date

Applications for the UWC – CRC MSc and Ph.D. Bursary program will be closing on 6 June 2022.

Please make sure that your application is submitted by then along with all requested support documents.

Failure to do so will result in your application not being accepted by the University of Cape Town.

What is This Bursary About?

The Centre for Radio Cosmology of UWC is now inviting both MSc and Ph.D. students to apply for its bursary program.

Successful applicants will have the chance to work under the guidance and supervision of the personnel at this center.

Candidates will be tasked with various research projects that adhere to the standards of the SKA in cosmology and galaxy evolution.

The research topics offered by the UWC work around the following South African based radio arrays:

  • Measuring neutral hydrogen (HI) across cosmic time with MeerKAT: MeerKAT observations are used to provide statistical evidence of neutral hydrogen intensity on a cosmological scale.
  • Unveiling the properties of HI galaxies: Using current multi-wavelength observations and upcoming MeerKAT data, we can inspect the homes of HI in galaxies, giving new facts about the HI and Dark Matter content material of the Universe.
  • The radio continuum sky below the detection threshold: We will develop and apply statistical methods (such as stacking) to recent research, especially radio continuum data from MeerKAT, to study the characteristics of radio galaxies below the detection threshold.
  • Extracting fossil information from the very early universe: The major fluctuations generated in the first moments of the universe provide seeds for the formation of large-scale structures.
  • Probing the first galaxies in the universe: Study the era of reionization of the universe and use HERA data to examine the HI21 cm signal from the early universe.
  • Machine learning in Astronomy: Primordial fluctuations that occur at the first moment of the universe provide seeds for the formation of large-scale structures.
  • Testing Einstein’s theory of general relativity: Investigate whether the cosmic acceleration comes from a modification of the general theory of relativity rather than from the Dark energy-using probes from HI and other studies (especially RSD).
  • Probing Dark Energy: Dark Energy is an idea to be the supply of the accelerating growth of the Universe, and its homes may be as it should be measured with the aid of using the usage of probes extracted from HI and different surveys.

Who Can Apply

This bursary is open to all MSc and Ph.D. students that are involved in Astrophysics.

What Does This Bursary Cover?

The UWC – CRC MSc and Ph.D. Bursary will provide the following to successful candidates:

  • MSc Students:
    • An equipment grant for 2 years summing up to R27k.
    • A travel grant summing up to R29k per year.
    • Allowance/tuition costs sum up to R172,900 per year.
  • Ph.D. Students:
    • Equipment grant for 3 years summing up to R40k.
    • Travel grant summing up to R36k per year.
    • Allowance/tuition costs sum up to R180,430 per year.
  • Access to resources of Inter-University of Data-Intensive Astronomy (IDIA).
  • Opportunity to work in the following institutions with the supervision of respective professors:
    • The University of Edinburgh with Prof Romeel DavĂ© and Alkistis Pourtsidoy.
    • Oxford University with Matt Jarvis.
    • The Queen Mary University of London with Chris Clarkson.
    • Rutgers University with Andrew Baker.
    • The University of Turin with Stefano Camera.
    • The University of Manchester with Phill Bull.

How To Apply

Applications for this bursary are quite simple. All you need to do is gather the following documents:

  • An updated CV.
  • A certified copy of your academic record and transcripts.
  • A short statement that outlines your research interests in any of the topics mentioned on this page. If you have any research experience, make sure you mention it in the statement along with the details of the supervisor.
  • Two reference letters.

Once you have these sorted, you will need to submit them via email to Ms. Nqakala at ntnqakala@uwc.ac.za

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns relating to the UWC – CRC MSc and Ph.D. Bursary, then you can contact the university directly via their contact number:

+27 (0) 21 959-3464

Good luck with your application!

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