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DARA Big Data Science Masters Bursaries 2019 for Early-Career African Researchers (Fully-funded to UK)

The Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) Big Data project funded by the UK’s Newton Fund is pleased to announce advanced training opportunities in the form of bursaries for MSc research at UK universities.

Application Deadline: 12th April 2019 at 23:59 BST

Eligible Countries: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia. 

To Be Taken At (University): Projects are offered at the University of Hertfordshire, University of Leeds, University of Manchester and University of York.

About the Awards: The organisers are pleased to announce advanced training opportunities in the form of bursaries for MSc research at UK universities as part of the Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) Big Data project funded by the UK’s Newton Fund. The opportunities are open to nationals of all AVN partner countries, namely: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.

Field of Research: The DARA Big Data project will target the translation of data intensive science skills from radio astronomy (Astro Big Data; ABD) to other big data areas such as Food Security & Sustainable Agriculture (AGRI Big Data; ABD) and Health Care (Health Big Data; HBD).

Type: Training, Masters.

EligibilityApplicants for funding must:

  • Be a national of one of the 8 partner AVN countries: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.

  • Have a good first degree in Physics or a relevant related subject

  • Satisfy the English Language requirements of the host university

  • Satisfy any other entry conditions of the host university

Please note that you may be required to take an English Language test as part of the entry requirements to the host university. If successful as a fully funded student, the price of this will be reimbursed. 

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: These places are fully funded such that the Newton Fund will cover all tuition fees, bench fees and maintenance allowance at the UKRI recommended level of ~£14,990 per year. Also, costs for an Inbound/Outgoing flight to and from the UK and initial visa and health surcharge costs will be covered by the Newton Fund.

How to Apply: Please complete the DARA Advanced Programme Application Form to apply. You must select a project from the list below that you are interested in pursuing.

Included with your application should be:

  • Certificate

  • Transcript of your relevant higher education degree

  • Two Letters of Recommendation (a template can be found on the website)

  • A copy of your Passport

  • CV

Please send your application form and all required documents to Dr Sally Cooper via email at sally.cooper@manchester.ac.uk.

The two Letters of Recommendation should also be sent to this address before the application deadline.

Inquiries can also be made to the UK Principal Investigator Professor Anna Scaife at anna.scaife@manchester.ac.uk.

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