ASSA and Cooke Astronomy Scholarship 2023/2024 for Study in Southern Africa

Here is the ASSA and Cooke Astronomy Scholarship 2023 open for application. Interested candidates are expected to check the scholarship guidelines below for eligibility, requirement, and how to apply.

About the ASSA Scholarship

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 R25,000 in 2023) 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.

Application Deadline for ASSA and Cooke Astronomy Scholarship :

10th February 2023.

Eligible Countries:

Southern Africa

To be taken at (university):

Southern African universities

About ASSA and Cooke Astronomy Scholarship:

The Astronomical Society of Southern
Africa administers two scholarships:

Number of Awards Received

Year Recipient Biography


ASSA e-Callisto Project Team

South Australian members of the e-Callisto Team (Peter Gray, Blair Lade, John Duffield, David Bennett, Tique Bennett and Duncan Campbell-Wilson) for excellence in design and construction of instruments for the recording of solar activity in radio wavelengths, monitoring and analysing solar radio outbursts and thus contributing critically to a wider international effort in solar radio astronomy.


Andrew Cool

Andrew worked with the Mid Murray Landcare SA consortium of local Councils and landcare environmentalists for more than 2 years to help establish a dark sky reserve in South Australia. Andrew established Sky Quality Meter data for the locations within the reserve area and compiled this into the submission for accreditation status.


Robert Jenkins

Robert received the Award in recognition of the excellent work he has done in the past few years in the area of variable star observing. Not only has he carried out valuable scientific observations to support various observing programs, but he has worked very hard to encourage others in ASSA to get involved as well.


David Benn

David received the Award for the creation and development of VStar. VStar is a variable star data visualization and analysis software tool, which David has provided free to the astronomical community. Visit the VStar website to download the software and for more information.


Paul Haese

Paul Haese received the Award in 2011 for his work on imaging Jupiter and contributing to the JUPOS program.


Blair Lade

Blair received the Award in 2010 for his observations of the Charon occultation. The Award was presented to Blair by Honorary Life Member Steve Cook.


Terry Moon

Terry was presented with the Award for his internationally acknowledged efforts in gathering visual and photometric observations/data of beta Gruis over the period 23 September 2003 to 6 August 2005. His observations resulted in the reclassification of beta Gruis from “slow irregular” to that of a “semiregular with poor periodicity” class. Terry conducted observations from his roll-off-roof observatory at his home and his findings were published in the Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers.


Blair Lade

Bill Bradfield presented Blair with the Award for his scientific observations of Pluto. Blair co-authored a paper with the MIT which was submitted to Nature as a result of his observations.


Michael Mattiazzo

Michael has spent many nights of diligently searching for comets, doing variable star observations and occultation reports. Mike typifies the best of what we should all aspire to in observational astronomy, as Bill has before him. Too few members are involved in this, so to receive this is a great honour indeed.


Jenni Kay

Jenni has spent many years painstakingly studying dark sky objects. She has also written a book entitled “A Visual Survey of Star Cluster and Nebulae of the Magellanic Clouds”.


Justin Tilbrook

At the 2001 Annual Dinner, Bill presented the award to Justin Tilbrook for his thorough research of the sky for comets. At the time the award was presented, Justin had discovered two comets and continues to search for them.


Fraser Farrell

Fraser Farrell was presented with the first award by Bill Bradfield in 2000. He received the award for:

  • consistent observation and reporting of variable stars,
  • publishing Binocular Variables for Southern Observers, a collection of observing charts and notes for neglected bright southern variables (The Dot Book), and
  • participation in international observing campaigns through the VSS, RASNZ, AAVSO and VSNET.

Application Guide for ASSA and Cooke Astronomy Scholarship

Download application instructions here.  Applications should be sent to  [email protected] by 10 Feb 2023.

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