In October 2018, we announced the CBSS Research Grant for African Students in Space Science and Astronomy. The grant is designed to support bold and visionary African students and researchers who are undertaking a postgraduate program related to space science, technology and astronomy.
The winners of the grant have been announced by the NASRDA Centre for Basic Space Science, they include:
- Abbey Godson Fortune – Masters student, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN)
- Obi Odinaka Patrick – a doctoral student, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, UNN
- Ojo Taiwo Theophilus – a doctoral student of Atmospheric Science, Department of Physics and Electronics, Rhodes University South Africa
- Idowu Temitope Ezekiel – a Ph.D student of Environmental Science, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
The first edition of the grants for the year 2018/2019 was courtesy of Chukwuka Cosmas Ezenma, a United States-based engineer/philanthropist. The Centre Director, Prof. Boneventure Okere, who announced the four winners of the 2018/2019 at UNN campus office last week, explained that the grant was initiated to cover tuition support award of N100,000 each to the winners.
Further, Okere explained that the awardees were selected among many online applicants whose applications were reviewed based on a competitive selection process, adding that four winners eventually emerged on merit. Both Fortune and Patrick, who spoke on behalf of other beneficiaries, said it was a privilege for them to have such benefits from a philanthropist. He, therefore, called on scientists, engineers and other professionals to use their knowledge of space, the atmosphere, oceans, climate, energy and research to address the challenges facing the country.