NSF-IRES International Research in Geosciences in Botswana


Join us for an exciting summer of geosciences research in Africa!

Application deadline: APRIL 15, 2022


About Botswana

  • Botswana, one of Africa's most stable countries, is the continent's longest continuous multi-party democracy. It is relatively free of corruption and has a good human rights record.
  • Botswana has such diverse areas of wildlife habitat. In addition to the delta and desert areas, there are grasslands and savannas, where innumerable Blue Wildebeest, other antelopes, mammals, and birds are found.




Research in this program includes…

Selected IRES students will work alongside research mentors from N.C. A&T, Botswana International University of Science and Technology BIUST and Appalachian State University to conduct research in:

  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Air quality using field measurements


  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent residentscreen-shot-2019-12-03-at-5.51.52-pm.png
  • Be enrolled in a degree-granting program at a U.S. college or university
  • Have completed at least four semesters of education with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Students who have had course in earth science, geophsyics or atmospheric sciences will get preference
  • All must be fully vaccinated for COVID 19
  • Must already have valid passport
  • Graduate standing is preferable or senior undergraduate


  • Full travel expenses: airfare, hotel and subsistence
  • $500/week stipend for 5 weeks: Mid-June to Mid-July

How to Apply

Please complete the forms below, save and email to bililgn@ncat.edu.


For more information contact:

Solomon Bililign, Ph. D.
Professor of Physics
North Carolina A&T State University
Phone (336)-285-2328

James Sherman, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Research Scientist, AppalAIR
Phone: 828-262-2438