Sunday, 3 June 2018

Human Sciences Research Council Internship Opportunity 2018

In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The HIV, AIDS, STIs and TB (HAST) research programme within the HSRC employs a multi-disciplinary group of social scientists and public health specialists who conduct numerous empirical and policy-related studies each year, three-quarters of which are donor-funded.

The HAST research programme specialises in research on the social determinants of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis. The research strives to address these health problems at their source, namely, at both the social and population levels. It also includes social aspects of delivery models for biomedical interventions in order to optimise delivery of interventions

The Master’s Research Internship in the HSRC is meant to provide the successful candidates with an opportunity to further develop their research expertise by working with subject experts and project specialists. The research internship experience is intensive and seeks mature individuals who are able to work independently as well as in a team.

While appointees will be exposed to a wide variety of project-related research, they will be expected to complete their thesis within 2 years. Time is set aside for this purpose. In addition to being registered for a Master’s degree, at a recognized South African university and currently working on their degrees, or eligible for registration at a recognised South African university, research interns are required to participate in all aspects of the research process as they work with other staff on different research projects.

Among other duties, they will participate in the following activities under supervision:

Participation in the conceptualisation and execution of research projects;
Participation in the formulation of research questions and writing proposals;
Assisting with the submission of research proposals for ethical review;
Collection and analysis of data;
Writing up of research results, research reports and manuscripts for publication;
Presenting at conferences;
Management or supervision of research projects.

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications and experience.

APPLICATIONS: In your application, please include 1) a letter of motivation indicating the position you are applying for and your suitability for the position, 2) your current CV, 3) details of three recent referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details) 4) a one-page outline of your Master’s thesis or proposed thesis, as well as 5) an example of recent academic work (not exceeding 8000 words). Please indicate the reference number of the post applied for based on the location.


The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its senior managers and research and administrative staff who are black, female or disabled.

Closing date: 18 June 2018. 

We encourage applicants to apply before this date. Applicants who have not been contacted within 2 months from the closing date should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of the interview. The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Details of the HSRC can be found on the website, at


Job Closing Date 18/06/2018

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