04 February 2021

Human Sciences Research Council Internship Opportunity 2021

Location: Cape Town

Closing Date: 12 February 2021

Duration: 36 Months

Description: Human Sciences Research Council invites suitable applicants for Internship opportunity for 2021.

The Internship Programme 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 internship experience is intensive and requires mature individuals who are able to work independently as well as in a team. 

The successful individuals will be required to balance day to day duties and responsibilities in CeSTII and the HSRC with PhD related work and complete their thesis within 3 years. 


  • Applicants must be in possession of a Master’s degree in a field closely related to the study of science, technology, innovation and development, and should be registered for, or about to register for, a PhD with a registered South African University;
  • Experience in and understanding of the concepts of the National System of Innovation will be an added advantage;
  • Sound knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data management and data analysis or statistical skills will be very advantageous.
  • A sound academic record;
  • Two-three years’ experience in the preparation of research reports and manuscripts for publication, whilst having peer reviewed articles in recognized journals will be advantageous;
  • Experience in communicating research findings at conferences;
  • Curiosity, enthusiasm and interest in a research career that includes working with quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment, good communication and leadership skills are required;
  • Proficiency in or working experience with some or all of the following programmes: MS Access, Excel, Word, SPSS, STATA; NVivo/Atlas.ti


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

We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful.