Few months ago things weren’t as I planned… I was feeling like putting my studies on hold, because of financial constraints for my research. And then…, Boom!!! the PAPSSN Masters Crediting seeking mobility scholarship appeared with a three-day application deadline remaining. But let me start from the beginning…

My names are Mazuba M Kumwenda from Zambia. I am a student at The Copperbelt University (CBU) in Kitwe doing MSc Physics (Cosmology). I started my MSc program on a self-sponsorship basis in August 2020. Throughout the years, I had financial challenges not knowing how to pay my tuition fees. But motivation and passion were driving me. I never gave up. Around July 2021 I wrote the exams in which I hard exceptional results.

Looking backward there were hardship and sacrifice. The main challenge ahead was now to finance my research project, which at that particular moment I could not manage. I don’t have to be the one telling you how hard is to source funds for graduate research in Africa.

And with this we arrive at the 3-day deadline…

While I was looking for funds to pay for my research project with the help of my supervisor Dr. Simpemba P (from home institution CBU), I came across the PanAfrican Planetary and Space Science Network (PAPSSN) masters credit seeking program. A mobility project which is funded by the Intra-Africa Mobility Scheme of the Education Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission of the European Union. With only three days remaining before the application due date, I applied at Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) to do research in Cosmology, with a little hope of being picked as the application clearly started that only one candidate would be selected for the position from Zambia. I poured my soul in that application, I knew I did my best to shine as an MSc student, but sometimes that isn’t enough.

Few months later, I received an email about my application having been successful. Filled with joy and happiness I immediately started preparing all the necessary documents for travelling (not easy in this pandemic era). Since the scholarship is fully funded, they provided for insurance tuition fees, and the return air tickets. I was supposed to travel on 2nd November 2021.

I must say this was a wonderful experience to me as it was my first time ever to board on a plane. I arrived in Gaborone the same day in the evening. The following morning, I was driven to Palapye (where BIUST is located) where I met with the project coordinator Prof. Fulvio Franchi, my supervisor Dr. Adams Duniya (from host institution BIUST) and other Staff members.

I was given a familiarization tour by one of the postgrad students (thank you Karabo!) around BIUST campus a splendid newly built campus with cutting-edge facilities. Within a few weeks I was able to adapt to the change of environment. With the help from the staff at BIUST I was able to register as a student and then right away started working on my project.

I have been fortunate enough to get all the exposure and experience through this same project, in this regard I would like to thank all the people who are behind this mobility project and I wish they continue to reach-out to many more students in this manner.

The Consortium Board and the Selection Committee are pleased to announce the list of awardees for the scholarships advertised with PAPSSN first call.

Selected candidates [ download ]
Reserve List [ download ]

For more information and details on the selection procedure please contact us at info@papssnmobility.org

Congratulations to all the awardees and good luck with your visit and your career.

The PAPSSN Team

Applications are invited from African nationals for scholarships in the fields of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space and Planetary Science, Planetary Geology and Remote Sensing. PAPSSN scholarships are jointly administered by five (5) African partner institutions, where selected students and staff will be able to engage in postgraduate studies, research, teaching or training.

THIS SPECIAL PAPSSN CALL OFFERS 2 (TWO) FULLY FUNDED, FULL DEGREE-SEEKING PHD OPPORTUNITIES OF 48 MONTHS’ DURATION FOR STUDY AT ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY (ETHIOPIA), COMMENCING IN JANUARY 2022.

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Title: Workshop – Satellite for Space Science and Technology in Africa

Europlanet, University of Bologna and BIUST are organizing a workshop titled “Satellite for Space Science and Technology in Africa” as part of EPN 2024 RI WorkshopSeries

Dates: 15.11.2021 – 19.11.2021
Venue: BIUST, Palapye, Botswana

The workshop will be hybrid, with few participants in attendance at BIUST and othen attending virtually.More details here: https://eventi.unibo.it/epn24-botswana-workshop

REGISTER NOW: https://eventi.unibo.it/epn24-botswana-workshop/europlanet-global-collaboration-workshop-series-botswana

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The Consortium Board and the Selection Committee are pleased to announce the list of awardees for the scholarships advertised with PAPSSN first call.

Target Group 1 [ download ]
Target Group 2 [ download ]
Reserve List [ download ]

For more information and details on the selection procedure please contact us at info@papssnmobility.org

Congratulations to all the awardees and good luck with your visit and your career.

The PAPSSN Team

The deadline for the first call has been extended and the new deadline is the 17th of July 2021

INTERN – Web Development – Space for Persons with Disabilities project, Space Applications Section, I (Temporary Job Opening)

Posting Title:INTERN – Web Development – Space for Persons with Disabilities project, Space Applications Section, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title:INTERN – INFORMATION SYSTEMS & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
Department/Office:United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Duty Station:VIENNA
Posting Period:17 June 2021 – 16 July 2021
Job Opening Number:21-Information Management Systems-UNOOSA-157128-J-Vienna (A)
Staffing ExerciseN/A

To apply go to United Nations Careers

PAPSSN Call for Applications

Applications are invited from African nationals for scholarships in the fields of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space and Planetary Science, Planetary Geology and Remote Sensing. PAPSSN scholarships are jointly administered by five (5) African partner institutions, where selected students and staff will be able to engage in postgraduate studies, research, teaching or training. The 1ST PAPSSN Call offers 7 PhD (6 full degree-seeking and one 12 months credit
seeking), 6 Masters (6 months credit-seeking visit) and 5 Staff short-term visit scholarships.

SCHOLARSHIPS 

The PAPSSN scholarship includes a return air  ticket and visa costs, participation costs such as  tuition fees, registration and service fees,  Insurance (health, accident, travel), settling-in  allowance, monthly subsistence allowance and a  contribution towards the research costs associated  with student mobility of 10 months or longer. 

The PAPSSN consortium is committed to offering  50% of its scholarships to women and candidates  from disadvantaged or marginalized groups.

PARTNERS

  • Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Botswana
  • Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Copperbelt University, Zambia
  • University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria
  • University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa Università di Bologna, Italy
  • South African Radio Astronomy Organization (SARAO) – Ass. Partner
  • Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) – Ass. Partner
  • National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) – Ass. Partner
  • National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) – Ass. Partner

*Previous and current recipients of intra-ACP or Intra Africa  scholarships  are  not  eligible  to  apply  for  this  scholarship.

THIS CALL IS OPEN TO ALL AFRICAN NATIONALS AND/OR RESIDENTS,  REGISTERED OR HAVING OBTAINED A DEGREE IN ONE OF THE PAPSSN MEMBER  INSTITUTIONS (TARGET GROUP 1)

APPLY ONLINE
https://www.papssnmobility.org
For more information email: info@papssnmobility.org
DEADLINE: 3rd July 2021