MSc Advanced Training Program

We 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.

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.

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).

Previous projects have been offered at the University of Hertfordshire, University of Leeds, University of Sussex, University of Manchester and University of York.

You can find out more about the DARA project here:


Applicants 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. 

Deadline for applications is 12 April 2019 at 23:59 BST


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

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

Application Form

Click below to download the DARA Big Data Application Form

Project Prospectus

Click below to download the Project Prospectus and view the projects on offer

Example Letter of Recommendation

Click below to download an example Letter of Recommendation

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