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About StarScientist


StarScientist is an initiative sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation  to promote science and scientific literacy in Madagascar and South Africa. It also aims to strengthen scientific and cultural ties between Germany , Madagascar, and South Africa. The main goals of this initiative are centered around:

  raising awareness of the different support programs of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  promoting scientific literacy
  developing a positive attitude towards science
  fostering scientific collaboration
  giving career guidance to students
  transferring skills through experience sharing
  advancing Astronomy in Madagascar and South Africa.

About the founder
How you can help

Brief biography

This initiative was originally concocted by Dr. Roger Ianjamasimanana, a postdoctoral fellow in Radio Astronomy. Dr. Ianjamasimanana received his PhD in Astronomy from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2014. He spent time in Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) as a Humboldt fellow before returning to South Africa as a postdoctoral fellow. His research interests include the formation and evolution of nearby galaxies, the mechanisms of star formation and the cosmic web. For a full CV, click here      

Get involved

You are most welcome to contribute to the long-term development of this project. There are various ways to get involved:

  • if you are a Humboldt alumnus and want to inspire others to get into the program or share your experience, please get in touch with us.
  • keep young students informed with the constantly evolving labor markets e.g., by providing up-to-date careers advice or just by sharing your workplace experiences (all fields are welcomed)
  • become a mentor and help students reach their full potential and achieve their dreams
  • if you are a professional Astronomer or a graduate Astronomy student, you can help us by writing tutorials (sharing your codes, software skills etc..) or lecture notes.
  • other ideas for the long-term development of this initiative are very much appreciated.

Contact us for more details.


I am grateful for the funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation as part of the Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives. The Award aims to foster academic and cultural ties between Germany and the Humboldt Alumni’s countries of origin and strengthen local collaboration.  If you want to know more about this program, click here.

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    Become a Humboldt Fellow

    Application is open for all disciplines and throughout the year

    Find the right support program that suits your level and experience and apply for it. As a Humboldt Alumni, I give some advice and explanations on how to apply for the program here. I also share my own experience as a Humboldt fellow in this link.