Closing Date: 05 October 2012

DST-NRF Internship Programme 2013/14

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 are offered an opportunity to acquire practical work experience through mentaring 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 & Innovation Management Association (SARIMA). Applications are invited from candidates in the following areas of specialisation or disciplines and who are willing to be placed in the stipulated provinces:

Province Area of Specialisation For Placement
Eastern Cape Agricultural Sciences ● Civil Engineering ● GIS ● ICT ● Environmental Health ● Marine Biology ● Marine Mammalogy ● Zoology ● Chemistry. ● Botany Biochemistry  ● Chemical Engineering  ● Biotechnology ● Microbiology ● Ecology  ● Aquaculture  ● Entomology  ● Molecular Biology  ● Geology  ● Environmental Science and Management  ● Biological Science  ● Nature Conservation  ● Marine Ecology  ● Archeology  ● Animal Science  ● Water Research and Food Security  ● Agricultural Economics  ● Statistics  ● Environmental Education  ● Fish Biology and Ecology  ● Fish Systematics  ● Science Communication  ● Research Management, Research Support and Administration
Free State Research Management  ● Research Support and Administration  ● R&D Physiology  ● Agrometeorology ● Horticulture  ●  Natural Sciences  ● Animal Science
Gauteng Plant Science. ● Botany ● Agricultural Sciences ● Plant Pathology ● Physiology ● Horticulture ● Microbiology ● Mycology ● Entomology ● GIS. ● Remote Sensing. ● Computer Programming ● Crop Science. ● Mechanical Engineering ●Civil Engineering ● Electrical Engineering. ● Chemical Engineering ● Metallurgical Engineering ● Electronics Engineering ● Immunology ● Soil Science ● Chemistry ● Agricultural Meteorology ● Climatology ● Scientific Programming ● Electronics ● Analytical Chemistry ● Hydrology ● Water Quality ● Food Technology ● Ecology ● Biotechnology ● Genetics ● Biochemistry ● Entomology  ● Information Technology ● Computer Science. ● Sports Science. ● Pharmaceutical Sciences. ● Biological Sciences. ● Molecular Biology. ● Information Science ● Virology ● Environmental Science. ● Physics. ● Informatics ● Library Science ● ● Material Science ● Statistics● Zoology● Conservation ● Biology ● Taxonomy. ● Environmental Management.● Nature Conservation. ● Agricultural Management. ● Biodiversity Management ● Atmospheric Science. ● Geography. ● ICT ● Communication Science. ● Health Science. ● Geology. ● Parasitology. ● Medical Sciences ● Anthropology. ● Immunology. ● Cell Biology. ● Health Policy. ● Epidemiology. ● Physiology. ● Bioinformatics ● R&D Psychology ● R&D Sociology● R&D Political Science● Development Studies ● Electrochemistry● Chemical Technology● Social Science – Early Childhood Development. ● Research and Development. ● Mathematics. ● Ecology. ● Public Health ● Astronomy. ● Space Science and Research Management● Research Support and Administration
KwaZulu-Natal . ● Biotechnology. ● Microbiology. ● Information Technology. ● Biosystematics. ● Analytical Chemistry. . ● Plant Sciences. . ● Biological Sciences . ● Environmental Sciences . ● Botany . ● Ecology. ● Environmental Management. ● Conservation Biology . ● Environmental Education . ● Zoology . ● Microscopy . ● Biochemistry. . ● Public Health . ● Epidemiology . ● Plant Systematics . ● Taxonomy . ● Crop Science . ● Chemistry . ● Pharmacology . ● Clinical Technology . ● Statistics . ● Molecular Biology . ● Health Science . ● Ecotoxicology . ● GIS. ● Environmental Studies. ● Biology. ● Coastal Management. ● Coastal Socio-ecology and Research Management. ● Research Support and Administration
Limpopo  ● Biotechnology ● Microbiology ● Information Technology ● Biosystematics  ● Analytical Chemistry.  ● Plant Sciences.  ● Biological Sciences  ● Environmental Sciences  ● Botany  ● Ecology  ● Environmental Management  ● Conservation Biology  ● Environmental Education  ● Zoology  ● Microscopy  ● Biochemistry.  ● Public Health  ● Epidemiology  ● Plant Systematics  ● Taxonomy  ● Crop Science  ● Chemistry  ● Pharmacology  ● Clinical Technology  ● Statistics ● Molecular Biology  ● Health Science  ● Ecotoxicology  ● GIS ● Environmental Studies ● Biology ● Coastal Management ● Coastal Socio-ecology and Research Management ● Research Support and Administration
Mpumalanga Horticulture ●  Environmental Management ● Nature Conservation and Agricultural Management
North West Physiology.  ● Human Movement Science.  ● Chemistry.  ● Statistics.  ● Medical Technology.  ● Nutrition.  ● Biochemistry.  ● Actuarial Science  ● Financial Mathematics.  ● Data Mining ● Analytical Chemistry.  ● Industrial Engineering  ● Chemical Engineering ● Electrical Engineering and Research Management ● Research Support and Administration
Western Cape  ● Microbiology  ● Chemistry  ● Analytical Chemistry  ● Information Technology  ● Communication Science  ● NaturalSciences  ● Genomics  ● Proteomics  ● Bioinformatics  ● Computer Science  ● Biochemistry  ● Medicinal Plants  ● Chemical Engineering  ● Electronics.  ● Mathematics and Computers.  ● Sports Science.  ● Sports Management.  ● Physics.  ● R&D Social Science  ● Electronic Engineering.  ● Molecular Biology  ● Electrical Engineering.  ● Information Systems.  ● Biological Sciences.  ● Physical Oceanography  ● Hydrology  ● Botany  ● Ecology  ● Statistics  ● Mathematics  ● GIS  ● Oceanography  ● Science Management  ● Environmental Management  ● Sustainable Development  ● Horticulture  ● Taxonomy  ● Plant Systematics  ● Conservation Biology  ● Zoology  ● Geography.  ● GIS ● Environmental Economics ● Anthropology ● Science Education ● Bioprocess Development ● Entomology  ● Genetics ● Biology ● Marine Biology ● Physics ● Health Promotion ● Nutrition: Environmental Health ● Health ● R&D Psychology  ● Pharmacology.  ● Cell Biology.  ● Oncology.  ● Environmental and Coastal Management.  ● Public Health.  ● Development Studies  ● Information Science ● Biostatistics ● Biotechnology ● Environmental Sciences ● Nutrition Dietics and Research Management  ● Research Support and Administration

Required Qualifications 

Only university graduates with Bachelor’s, Honours, BTech, MTech or Master’s degrees may apply. People holding a National Diploma, DTech and PhD need not apply. Remuneration Interns will receive a monthly salary ranging between R5 445 and R7 260 per month – depending on their level of qualification.

Who is Eligible to Apply? 

Unemployed South African university graduates and postgraduates in the Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Research and Development fields are eligible.

Non-South Africans need not apply.

Applicants should not be older than 35 years at the time of submission of application.

Candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Placement

Successful applicants will be placed in various 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 appointed candidates who need to relocate to another Province

Duration

The internship programme is offered for a period of 12 months.

Successful candidates will be required to sign an internship contract for the duration of the internship period.

Successful candidates will start their internship on 1 April 2013.

How to Apply? 

Apply Online

Please also attach certified copies of qualifications, academic records and your South African Identity Document.

NB: Applicants may only submit a maximum of three applications, each specifying one area of specialisation the candidate is applying for.

No e-mailed or faxed applications will be considered.

Enquiries: Monwabisi Mfihlo, tel. (0121 481-4023 or Sello Raseruthe, tel. (0121481-4388/4049.

Closing date: 5 October 2012 

NB: Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only.

If no correspondence has been received within four months of the closing date, applicants should consider their applications unsuccessful.