Of the 1,279 grants awarded, 81% have been to South African citizens, of which 69% have been to Black South Africans (African, Coloured and Indian), and 30% to South African women. In order to attract the best and brightest young people, and to drive transformation, the levels of financial support ensures that all students have access to studying. SARAO’s grants are competitive and cover all the costs associated with studying – namely tuition fees, accommodation costs, meals, sundries and stationery. SARAO HCD has always consciously and actively prioritised support to Black (ACI) and Women South Africans.
Of the 1,279 grants awarded, 133 have been awarded to students from other African countries, as part of SARAO’s role in developing radio astronomy science and related engineering capacity on the African continent. Through its various HCD interventions, SARAO has been instrumental in developing a large and interactive research community in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa that participates in relevant radio astronomy science and engineering research, at a local and international level. Of the 1,279 grants awarded, 133 have been awarded to students from other African countries, as part of SARAO’s role in developing radio astronomy science and related engineering capacity on the African continent. When South Africa submitted its expression of interest to host the SKA in 2003, there were fewer than five radio astronomers in South Africa. Today, largely due to SARAO’s HCD programme, there are more than 200 practicing radio astronomers based in South African universities and national facilities.