UWC – CRC MSc And PhD Bursaries South Africa

About UWC – CRC

UWC’s Center for Radio Cosmology (CRC) is internationally recognized for its research on cosmology and galaxy evolution using Meerkat, Square Kilometer Array (SKA), and other telescopes.

The CRC research team includes 21 PhD / Master’s students and 11 postdocs. SFB graduate students work in a friendly and highly active research environment with the support of postdocs.

UWC – CRC MSc And PhD Bursaries

The Centre for Radio Cosmology (CRC) is offering a bursary for MSc and PhD students. The selected students will get an opportunity to work under the supervision of the staff at CRC including Dr Michelle Lochnee, Dr. Ed Elson, Prof Roy Marteens, Prof Lerothodi Leeuw, and Prof Russ Taylor. The topics of research are set as per the aim of the SKA in cosmology and galaxy evolution.

The bursary offers the following benefits:

  • For MSc:
    • Equipment grant for 2 years summing up to R27k.
    • Travel grant summing up to R29k per year.
    • Allowance/tuition costs sum up to R172,900 per year.
  • For PhD
    • 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 Davé 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.

Research Topics

The topics offered by the UWC revolve around the 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 the probes extracted from HI and different surveys.


How to apply?

The application needs to be submitted via email to

Ms Nqakala at ntnqakala@uwc.ac.za

Note: The application must be submitted in a single PDF containing the below-mentioned required documents.

Documents Required

The mentioned documents must be attached to the application form. There should not be any missing documents or the application will be rejected.

  • A well-written Curriculum Vitae.
  • University-level academic records and transcripts.
  • A short statement describing the candidate’s research interests in any of the topics mentioned within a 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.

Closing Date

Currently closed for application. Please check back later for the updated opening and closing date of this bursary.

Contact Details

For any queries, candidates can contact UWC directly by telephone at: +27 (0) 21 959-3464

Please do not send any questions after the closing date. View our other bursaries/scholarships open for application here: https://allbursaries.co.za/notice/

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