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DST-NRF Internship Programme 2018/19

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 through placement at research offi ces in public higher education institutions and research agencies. Applications are invited from candidates who are interested in acquiring work experience in the areas of specialisation or disciplines in the provinces stated below:

Province Areas of Specialisation/ Disciplines (Choose 1 discipline per province up to a maximum of 3 in order of preference
Eastern Cape Agricultural Economics • Agricultural Management • Agriculture • Analytical Chemistry • Animal Production • Anthropology •
Biochemistry • Biology • Biotechnology • Botany • Chemistry • Communication & Media Studies • Communication Technologies
• Development Studies • Ecology • Ecology & Environmental Science • Education • Electronic Engineering • Environmental
Studies • Fisheries • Food Sciences & Technology • Fresh Water Biology & Limnology • Health Informatics • Health Promotion &
Disease Prevention • Health Systems Research • Industrial Psychology & Sociology • Information Systems • Inorganic Chemistry
• Languages & Literature • Linguistics • Management • Marine Biology • Mathematics • Molecular & Cell Biology • Nursing
Science • Obstetrics & Maternal Health • Organic Chemistry • Physical Chemistry • Physics • Physiology • Political Sciences
• Political Sciences & Public Policy • Public Health • Public Management & Administration • Quality Management • R & D
Psychology • Research Management, Research Support & Administration • Science & Technology • Social Science • Social Work
• Sociology • Soil & Water Sciences • Sports & Recreational Arts • Zoology
Free State Agricultural Economics • Agriculture • Animal Diseases • Architecture • Biotechnology • Botany • Chemistry • Communication
& Media Studies • Cultural Studies • Development Studies • Ecology • Ecology & Environmental Science • Education • Food
Sciences & Technology • Forest Science • Genetics • Human Geography • Immunology • Industrial Psychology & Sociology •
Infectious Diseases • Inorganic Chemistry • Languages & Literature • Linguistics • Mathematics • Medical Virology • Microbiology
• Musicology • Philosophy • Physical Chemistry • Physical Geography • Plant Production • Political Sciences & Public Policy •
Polymer Science • Psychology • Research Management, Research Support & Administration • Sociology • Soil & Water Sciences
• Sustainable Development • Town & Regional Planning
Gauteng Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering • Agricultural Economics • Agricultural Engineering • Agricultural Sciences • Applied
Mathematics • Analytical Chemistry • Anatomical Sciences • Animal Production • Animal Science • Archaeology • Artifi cial
Intelligence • Astronomy • Atomic, Molecular & Nuclear Physics • Biochemistry • Bio-engineering • Biological Sciences • Biology
• Biomedical Technology • Biometrics • Biostatistics • Biotechnology • Botany • Chemical Engineering • Chemical Pathology •
Chemistry • Chemistry Sciences Engineering • Computer Engineering • Computer Programming • Computer Science • Computer
Software • Communication & Media Studies • Construction Industry & Building • Development Studies • Ecology • Ecology
& Environmental Science • Education • Electrical Engineering • Electronic Engineering • Embryology & Fetal Development •
Engineering Management • Environmental Health • Environmental Studies • Epidemiology • Fine Art • Food Science & Technology
• Food Technology • Forensic Sciences • Forest Science • Fresh Water Biology & Limnology • Genetics • Geographic Information
System • Geology • Geophysics • Haematology • Health Informatics • Health Promotion & Disease Prevention • Health Systems
Research • Horticulture • Immunology • Industrial Engineering • Industrial Psychology & Sociology • Information & Computer
Sciences • Information & Library Science • Information Management • Information Systems • Information Systems & Technologies
• Information Technology • International Relations • IT-Graphic Design • Knowledge Management (Records Administration) •
Languages & Literature • Management • Material Sciences & Technologies • Mathematics • Mechanical Engineering • Medical
Virology • Mental Health & Substance Abuse • Metallurgical Engineering • Microbiology • Molecular & Cell Biology • Morphology •
Neuroscience • Nursing Science • Orthopaedics • Pharmacology • Physical Chemistry • Physics; Physiology • Plant Biotechnology
• Plant Production • Photography • Political Sciences • Political Sciences & Public Policy • Psychology • Public Health; Quantity
Surveying • R & D Sociology • Research Management with Mathematics • Respiratory Diseases • Science Education • Space &
Earth Science • Social Science • Social Work • Soil & Water Sciences • Sociology • Sports Medicine • Statistics & Probability •
Sustainable Development • Surgery • Theology • Toxicology • Trauma • Veterinary Science • Zoology
KwaZulu-Natal Agriculture • Analytical Chemistry • Animal Production • Animal Science • Anthropology • Applied Mathematics • Artifi cial
Intelligence • Astronomy • Atmospheric Science & Meteorology • Biochemistry • Bio-engineering • Biological Sciences •
Biology • Biotechnology • Botany • Chemical Engineering • Chemistry • Civil Engineering • Communication & Media Studies •
Computer Engineering • Computer Hardware • Computer Multimedia Systems • Computer Programming • Computer Sciences
• Computer Software • Development Studies • Ecology • Ecology & Environmental Science • Education • Electronic Engineering
• Environmental Engineering • Environmental Health; Epidemiology • Food Sciences & Technology • Forest Science • Fresh
Water Biology & Limnology • Genetics • Geochemistry • Geographic Information Science • Geology • Geospace Physics •
Health • Health Economics • Health Informatics • Health Promotion & Disease Prevention • Horticulture • Hydrology • Industrial
Engineering • Industrial Psychology & Sociology • Infectious Diseases • Information & Computer Sciences • Information Systems
& Technologies • Inorganic Chemistry • IT-Graphic Design • Languages & Literature • Linguistics • Management • Material
Sciences & Technologies • Mechanical Engineering • Medical Microbiology • Medical Technologies • Microbiology • Molecular &
Cell Biology • Nutrition • Obstetrics & Maternal Health • Pharmacology • Physical Chemistry • Physiology • Plant Biotechnology
• Plant Production • Political Sciences & Public Policy • Psychology • Respiratory Diseases • Research Management, Research
Support & Administration • Social Science • Social Work • Sociology • Soil & Water Sciences • Space & Earth Science • Sports
Science; Toxicology • Veterinary Microbiology • Veterinary Science • Zoology
Limpopo Agricultural Economics • Agricultural Engineering • Agrometeorology • Analytical Chemistry • Animal Diseases • Animal
Parasitology • Animal Science • Anthropology • Biochemistry • Biology • Biotechnology • Botany • Cardiovascular Diseases
• Chemical Engineering • Computer Science • Development Studies • Ecology & Environmental Science • Environmental
Studies • Education • Electronics Engineering • Food Sciences & Technology • Geology • Horticulture • Human Geography
• Hydrology • Information & Computer Sciences • Information Systems & Technology • Information Technology • Inorganic
Chemistry • Invertebrate Taxonomy • Knowledge Management (Records Administration) • Library Services • Limnology • Macro-
Invertebrates • Material Sciences & Technologies • Mathematics • Mechanical Engineering • Microbiology • Molecular & Cell
Biology • Nutrition • Organic Chemistry • Parasitology • Physical Chemistry • Physics • Psychology • Public Health • Research
Management, Research Support & Administration • Rural Development • Sports Science • Sociology • Statistics • Plant
Production • Soil & Water Sciences • Taxonomy • Theoretical & Condensed Matter Physics • Town & Regional Planning • Zoology
Mpumalanga Food Sciences & Technology • Food Technology • Plant Production
Northern Cape Analytical Chemistry • Applied Mathematics • Computer Programming • Computer Science • Ecology • Ecology &
Environmental Science • Information Systems • Inorganic Chemistry • Organic Chemistry • Polymer Science • Statistics
& Probability • Zoology
North West Agricultural Management • Agricultural Sciences • Agriculture • Astronomy • Atomic, Molecular & Nuclear Physics • Biochemistry
• Cardiovascular Diseases • Chemistry • Communication & Media Studies • Demography • Dietetics; Ecology & Environmental
Science • Education • Epidemiology • Food Sciences & Technology • Fresh Water Biology & Limnology • Health Promotion &
Disease Prevention • Health Technology • Home Economics • Horticulture • Information Systems & Technologies • Management
• Manufacturing & Process Technologies • Marine Biology • Molecular & Cell Biology • Neuroscience • Nutrition • Nutrition &
Metabolism • Pharmacology • Physics • Physiology • Plant Production • Psychology • Public Management & Administration •
Social Science • Social Work • Sociology • Soil & Water Sciences • Statistics
Western Cape Agriculture • Anaesthesia & Pain Management • Analytical Chemistry • Anatomical Sciences • Animal Production • Archaeology
• Atmospheric Science & Meteorology • Biochemistry • Bio-engineering • Biological Sciences • Biology • Biomedical Technology
• Biophysics • Biostatistics • Biotechnology • Botany • Cardiovascular Diseases • Chemical Engineering • Chemistry • Civil
Engineering • Communication & Media Studies • Dermatology • Development Studies • Diabetology • Ecology • Ecology &
Environmental Science • Education • Electronic Engineering • Embryology & Fetal Development • Endocrinology • Energy •
Engineering Management • Engineering Sciences • Environmental Studies • Epidemiology • Food Sciences & Technology •
Forensic Sciences • Forest Science • Fresh Water Biology & Limnology • Genetics; Geochemistry • Geology • Geophysics
• Health Promotion & Disease Prevention • Health Systems Research • Health Technology • Historical Studies • Horticulture
• Human Geography • Hydrology • Immunology • Industrial Biotechnology • Industrial Psychology & Sociology • Infectious
Diseases • Information & Library Science • Information Systems & Technologies • Inorganic Chemistry • Knowledge Management
(Records Administration) • Marine Biology • Material Sciences & Technologies • Mechanical Engineering • Medical Virology •
Metallurgical Engineering • Microbiology • Molecular & Cell Biology • Musicology • Nutrition & Metabolism • Oceanology •
Paediatrics & Child Health • Physical Geography • Physics; Physiology • Plant Biotechnology • Plant Production • Psychology •
R & D Psychology • Research Management, Research Support & Administration • Respiratory Diseases • Rural Development •
Social Work • Sociology • Soil & Water Sciences • Sports & Recreational Arts • Sports Science • Statistics • Surgery • Theoretical
& Condensed Matter Physics • Veterinary Science • Zoology

Remuneration
Interns will receive a monthly salary ranging between R6 070.00 and R8 050.00 per month - depending on the level of qualifi cation.

Who is eligible to apply?
Unemployed South African graduates and postgraduates in the Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET), Research and Development, Social Sciences and Humanities fi elds 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.

Qualifications
Only graduates who hold an Advanced Diploma or Bachelor’s degree at NQF level 7, Honours or BTech degrees at NQF level 8 and MTech or Master’s degrees at NQF level 9 qualify to apply for this internship, (candidates holding a National Diploma at NQF level 6 as well as DTech and PhD at NQF level 10 need not apply). NB: Candidates who would be registered full-time during the 2018 academic year need not apply.

Short listing and interviews
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 18 December 2017 to 31 March 2018.

Placement is at various institutions
Successful applicants will be placed at various participating institutions throughout the country and should thus apply for a position 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.

How to apply?
All applications must be submitted electronically on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za. Register and then log in, go to my applications and create an application and then Internship Programme Applicants 2018 and apply there following instructions. Please also attach certifi ed copies of qualifi cations, academic records and a copy of the South African Identity Document.

Enquiries:
For technical online enquiries, please contact: The Support Desk (Mondays to Fridays from 08h00 to 16h30) on: Tel: (012) 481 4202 or E-mail: supportdesk@nrf.ac.za. For programme related queries contact: Sello Raseruthe: (012) 481 4388 or sello.raseruthe@nrf.ac.za and Monwabisi Mfi hlo: (012) 481 4023 or monwabisi.mfi hlo@nrf.ac.za

Closing date: 10 November2017, No late applications will be considered
NB: Correspondence will be limited to short listed candidates only. If no correspondence has been received 4 months after the closing date, applicants should consider their applications as unsuccessful. Successful applicants will start their internship on 1 April 2018.