KwaZulu-Natal: DST – NRF Internship Programme 2016/2017

KwaZulu-Natal: DST – NRF Internship Programme 2016/2017
Location: KwaZulu-Natal

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 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).

Applications are invited from candidates who are interested to acquire work experience in the areas of specialisation or disciplines in the nine provinces.

AREAS OF SPECIALISATION / DISCIPLINES (Choose 1 discipline per province up to a maximum of 3 in order of preference)

Agriculture; Analytical Chemistry; Animal Production; Applied Mathematics; Archeology; Biochemistry; Bio-engineering; Biological Sciences; Biology Biotechnology; Botany; Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Communication & Media Studies; Communication Technologies; Computer Hardware; Computer Programming; Computer Science; Computer Software; Ecology; Ecology & Environmental Science; Economic Sciences; Electrical Engineering; Electronic Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Environmental Studies; Food Sciences & Technology; Genetics; Health Promotion & Disease Prevention; Horticulture; Hydrology; Information & Computer Sciences; Information & Library Sciences; Information Management; Information Systems & Technologies; IT Graphic Design; Manufacturing & Process Technologies; Marine Biology; Mathematical Sciences ;  Mechanical Engineering; Microbiology; Molecular & Cell Biology; Nutrition; Organic Chemistry; Physical Chemistry; Physical Sciences; Plant Biotechnology; Plant Production; Process Engineering; Research Management, Research Support & Administration; Social Sciences; Sociology; Soil & Water Sciences; Space & Earth Sciences; Statistics ; Statistics & Probability; Toxicology; Veterinary Science; Zoology


Only university graduates with Bachelors, Honours, BTech, MTech or Master’s degrees may apply. People holding a National Diploma, DTech and PhD need not apply.

Interns will receive a monthly salary ranging between R 6070 and R 8050 per month – depending on the level of qualification.

Who is eligible to apply?
Unemployed South African university graduates and post-graduates in the Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET), Research and Development fields are eligible. Non-South Africans are not eligible for this internship. Applicants should not be older than 35 years old at the time of submission of an application. Candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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, register and then log in. Please also attach certified copies of qualifications, academic records and the South African Identity Document. Please note that you may only apply for a maximum of 3 disciplines across all provinces.

For technical online enquiries, please contact the Support Desk (Mondays to Fridays from 08h00 to16h30) on: Tel: 012 481-4202 or E-mail: [email protected] .
For programme related queries, please contact Sello Raseruthe at 012 481-4388 or e-mail: [email protected] and Monwabisi Mfihlo: (012) 481-4023 or e-mail [email protected]

CLOSING DATE: 02 November 2015

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 4 months after the closing date, applicants should consider their applications unsuccessful. Successful applicants will start their internship on 1 April 2016.

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