Improving Africa Route Analysis

Are you a prospective postgraduate student interested in learning about Internet routing and peering in Africa, and would like to contribute to making interconnection datasets more insightful?  

We are offering scholarships to prospective postgraduate students to work on exploring effective ways of analysing and drawing insights about peering, traffic localization and interconnection opportunities in Africa. Application details at bottom of the page; deadline is 22 December, 2021.

Masters Scholarship – Computer Science:

We are offering a R160,000/year scholarship for full-time masters study in Computer Science (by dissertation). The successful candidate will explore efficient techniques for data pipelining, scheduling and synchronization of routing/peering datasets. This will include evaluating strategies for data replication and caching. 

The masters applicant must have an Honours degree in Computer Science (or equivalent), preferably with strong skills in Computer Networks and Data Science. The masters programme in Computer Science will involve two years of full-time study at UCT. Further admission requirement details are available here ( http://www.sit.uct.ac.za/sit/postgrad/masters_computer-science )

The masters student may be funded for a maximum of 2 years; renewal after the first year is subject to an annual progress review. The successful candidate will also receive a one-time grant of R20,000 for the purchase of a laptop.

PhD Scholarship – Computer Science:

We are offering a R180,000/year scholarship for a  full-time PhD student. The successful candidate will study techniques for analysis and visualization of Africa‚Äôs Internet topology and metrics. This will include designing and evaluating appropriate interfaces and underlying toolkits that could allow stakeholders to use and interact with interconnection datasets. The student will elaborate advanced techniques to merge and analyse various datasets on Internet routing. 

The PhD applicant must have a Masters degree in Computer Science (or equivalent), preferably with strong skills in Computer Networks and Data Science. The PhD programme in Computer Science will involve at least 3 years of full-time study. Further admission requirement details are available here ( http://www.sit.uct.ac.za/sit/postgrad/phd_computer-science )

The PhD student may be funded for a maximum of 3 years; renewal after the first year is subject to an annual progress review. The successful candidate will also receive a one-time grant of R20,000 for the purchase of a laptop.

This project is to be undertaken in the Computer Science Department at the University of Cape Town (UCT), with support from AFRINIC and  Internet Society. As part of the application process, candidates will be required to submit a 2-page research proposal. If interested or need further details, email Dr Josiah Chavula at jchavula@cs.uct.ac.za, providing a brief description of your academic background and experience.    

APPLICATION:

To apply, send the following documents to jchavula@cs.uct.ac.za by 22 December 2021: 1 page motivation, a detailed CV, transcripts, and a copy of masters (if applying for PhD) or honours thesis (if applying for masters). The application email subject should be ‘PhD Scholarship Application’ or ‘Masters Scholarship Application’.