Deadline Extension: AfAS 2021 Seed Research Grant


The deadline to apply for AfAS 2021 Seed Research Grant has been extended until December 31, 2020.

AfAS invites all interested applicants to quickly fill in the google form available here. 

Filling the form should not take more than three minutes and it will help the Early Career Sub-Committee in reaching out to potential applicants who need help in processing their application.

The AfAS 2021 Seed Research Grant is aimed to support research projects in Astronomy (including Astrophysics and Space Science) conducted by postgraduate students and/or early career researchers based in Africa. Two grants of up to ZAR 15,000 each will be awarded to outstanding applicants. The seed funding may be used for international/domestic travel, lodging, computer equipment and other research-related expenses.


– Applicants can be citizens of any country, provided they are based in Africa during the 2020-2021 academic year.

– Applicants are currently conducting research in Astronomy (including Astrophysics and Space Science) at an academic or scientific research institute in Africa.

– Applicants must be enrolled in a postgraduate level or they must have received their PhD degree within the past three years (i.e. between September 2017 – September 2020).

 Application procedure

Applicants should submit the following documents combined in one single PDF to Mr Charles Takalana ( or by 31 December 2020:

– A detailed curriculum vitae including a full list of academic publications and details of two academic referees;

– A research proposal, with a minimum length of five pages, including all tables and figures and the bibliography. The proposal should include (but are not limited to) the research title and abstract, the scientific rationale and an introductory background, the methodology and expected results, as well as the proposed timeline and a budget breakdown;

– A motivation letter addressed to the AfAS Seed Research Grant Committee;

– A proof of registration (for postgraduate students) or a proof of employment (for early career researchers) at an academic or scientific research institute.

 Applicants should also arrange for signed recommendation letters from two academic referees to be sent directly to Mr Charles Takalana by 31 December 2020. At least one letter must be from a senior scientist (e.g. the advisor) familiar with the applicant’s research work.

All information, including selection criteria, is available here.