National Research Foundation DST-NRF Internship Programme 2017 for Unemployed South African Graduates.

Application Deadline: November 7th 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) is responsible for the management of the DST-NRF Internship Programme in which unemployed Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) graduates and postgraduates (including those in Social Sciences and Humanities) are offered an opportunity to acquire practical work experience through mentoring and exposure to a research environment. This opportunity is also offered to those unemployed graduates and postgraduates who are interested in research management; research support and administration at public higher education institutions and research agencies through a partnership with the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA).


Only university graduates with Bachelors, Honours, BTech, MTech or Master’s degrees will be considered, (people holding a National Diploma, DTech and PhD need not apply).


Interns will receive a monthly salary ranging between R6 070.00 and R8 050.00 per month – depending on the level of qualification.


Unemployed South African university graduates and post-graduates in the Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET), Research and Development, Social Sciences and Humanities fields are eligible. South African Permanent Residents who hold a South African Identity Document also qualify while non-South Africans are not eligible. Applicants should not be older than 35 years old at the time of submission of an application to qualify. Candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Short listing and Interview of applicants will be conducted by the participating host institutions. Applicants will be shortlisted and called for interviews via their personal emails listed in the application. Applicants are advised to check their emails intermittently from December 2016 to 31 March 2017.


Successful applicants will be placed at various participating institutions throughout the country and should thus apply for a position (disciplne) available in the province where they would like to be placed. The NRF does not pay relocation costs to an appointed candidate(s) who has to relocate to another province.

DURATION: The internship programme is offered for a period of 12 months. Successful applicants will be required to sign an internship contract for the duration of the internship period.


All applications must be submitted electronically on the NRF Online Submission System at Register and log in, go to My Applications and Create Application. Select the Internship Programme Applicants 2017 to create the application.  Complete all sections by following the instructions.  Please also attach certified copies of qualifications, academic records and a copy of the South African Identity Document. Please note that you may only apply for a maximum of 3 disciplines in order of preference across all provinces.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the National Research Foundation DST-NRF Internship Programme 2017



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