Scholarships Committee Convener: Claire Flanagan (


The closing date for applications for 2018 funding is 2 Feb 2018.  One application may be submitted for all three scholarships.  For application instructions, scroll down.

ASSA Scholarship


Luca Sella-Rolando UCT, 2017

The purpose of the ASSA Scholarship is to encourage the study of astronomy. The Scholarship is available in support of 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate studies in astronomy (and, in exceptional cases, Honours), at a Southern African university.

Criteria are a demonstrated interest in astronomy and a good academic record. Preference will be given to members of ASSA, as well as to previous holders of the Scholarship who have made good progress in their studies. Preference will also be given to applicants who are not in receipt of other scholarships or similar funding. The scholarship (worth up to R20,000 in 2018) will contribute towards academic fees and the cost of prescribed books, and is valid for one year. Payment of academic fees will be made directly to the university concerned. The scholarship shall be awarded based on an evaluation of the applications and the recommendations of the relevant university department. Applicants may be required to be interviewed at an ASSA Centre convenient to them.

Download application information for the ASSA Scholarship hereScroll down for application instructions.

List of ASSA Scholarship recipients for the period 2002-2016.

Cooke Scholarship

Cooke Refractor in Port Elizabeth, after which the Cooke Scholarship is named.

The Cooke Scholarship, instituted in 2018, is intended to support astronomy studies at a recognized South African university.  Up to R20,000 is available to fund studies at undergraduate (2nd year on) or postgraduate studies.  More information about the scholarship is available here.

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HartRAO-ASSA Scholarships

Recipients of the 2017 HartRAO-ASSA Scholarships: Jeremy Smith (UCT), Mvelo Dhlamini (Wits), Sumari Hattingh (NWU) and Francois Botha (UNISA).

The purpose of the HartRAO – ASSA Scholarships is to encourage current or intending undergraduates (i.e. 1st, 2nd or 3rd year) studying for a B.Sc. degree at any university in South Africa, who have a stated interest in astronomy, to prepare for furthering their interest. Applicants must be resident in South Africa. The maximum value of each HartRAO-ASSA Scholarship in 2018 will be sixteen thousand rand.

Download application information for the HartRAO-ASSA Scholarships hereScroll down for application instructions.

List of HartRAO-ASSA Scholarship recipients for the period 2015-2016.


Applications for the 2018 ASSA, Cooke and HartRAO-ASSA Scholarships must be received by 2 February 2018. There is no standard application form. Please read the detailed information before making any queries or before applying.  One application may be submitted for all three scholarships.

Download detailed information for the ASSA Scholarship here.

Download detailed information for the HartRAO-ASSA Scholarships here.

Download detailed information for the Cooke Scholarship here.

SAAO–ASSA Scholarships

The SAAO-ASSA Scholarships have been discontinued and are no longer available.