HSRC: PhD Research Internship 2017 in Pretoria

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

Internship application deadline is 22 July 2016

Internship Provider: HSRC

Internship Location: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town

3 positions Based in Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban 

  • Ref: CT HAST P Res T 06/07 for Cape Town
  • PTA HAST P RES T 07/07 for Pretoria 
  • DUR HAST P RES T 08/07 for Durban 

Three PhD Research Internships are currently available. The PhD Research Intern Programme in the HSRC provides the successful candidate 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 part of a team. While appointees will be exposed to a wide variety of project-related research, they will be expected to complete their thesis within three years. Time is set aside for this purpose.


In addition to being registered for a PhD degree at a recognised 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:
• Support the research and research-related work of the HAST Programme;
• Assist with the conceptualisation and execution of research projects;
• Assist with the formulation of research questions and writing proposals;
• Assist 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.


• Applicants must be in possession of a Master’s degree in the Social Sciences or Public Health and be registered for the appropriate higher degree either with a recognised South African or equivalent;
• A sound grounding in research methods and previous experience in research will be a strong recommendation;
• Requisite computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office, SPSS, STATA, ATLAS-ti);
• Ability to work well under pressure and to meet deadlines.

How to Apply

Completed applications including a covering letter, CV, 3 references and proof of registration can be forwarded to: The HR Generalist : Human Resources, Private Bag X9182, Cape Town 8000, or hand-deliver to Office 1616, 16th Floor, 69-83 Plein Park Building, Plein Street, Cape Town or email to [email protected] . For further enquiries, and not applications, please contact Prof Geoffrey Setswe at (012) 302 2637 or via e-mail: [email protected]

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.


HSRC: PhD Research Internship Programme in Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban

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 to not make an appointment.

Details of the HSRC can be found on the website, at www.hsrc.ac.za


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