Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) PhD Internships 2023

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) PhD Internships

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) invites applications for a Graduate / PhD Internship Programme 2023 .

  • Internship Application deadline is 13 November 2023
  • Internship Location: Durban; Pretoria or Cape Town, South Africa

Ref: HSC/PhD/10/20

HSC is looking to appoint a suitably qualified individual to take on the responsibilities of a PhD Research Intern. The successful incumbents will be based either in the HSRC Durban; Pretoria or Cape Town office.

The HSC division has a PhD Research Internship that is currently available for occupation. The PhD Research Intern Programme in the HSRC provides the successful candidate with an opportunity to further develop their research expertise by working with research subject experts and project specialists. The successful candidate must be comfortable working with different sampling methods in order to research into specific wider topics. In order to research into large spaces/populations, sampling must be something you can confidently do. The research internship experience is intensive and seeks a mature individual who is able to work independently as well as part of a team. While appointee will be exposed to a wide variety of project-related research, she/he will be expected to complete their thesis within three years. Time is set aside for this purpose of degree completion.

In addition to being registered for a PhD degree in a recognised South African university and currently working on the PhD degree, the research intern is required to participate in all aspects of the research process as they work with other staff on different research projects.

Among other duties, the successful incumbent will participate in the following activities under supervision:

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•The conceptualisation of projects;

•The formulation of research questions and writing of funding proposals;

•The submission of research proposals for ethical review;

•Implementation of research projects and policy dialogues;

•Collection and analysis of data;

•Write-up of research findings including research reports, conference presentations, policy briefs, and manuscripts for journal publication;

•Assist with project management and administration.


•Have graduated with a Master’s degree and is already registered for a PhD in the Social Sciences/Humanities or a relevant field at an accredited tertiary institution in South Africa;

•The successful applicant must be a South African or South African after naturalisation

•Computer literacy including MS Office and appropriate software packages, including MS Excel, MS Access, SPSS or Stata or SAS;

•Good planning and organisational skills, including the ability to working well under pressure;

•Good communication skills (verbal as well as report writing);

•A sound conceptual grounding in a discipline and in quantitative or qualitative research methods;

•Be able to operate within very tight deadlines;

•Be prepared to work as part of multi-year, multi-institutional partnership projects between the HSRC, government departments, universities and other partners.

How to apply

Click here to apply for Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC): PhD Internships 2023

Please note the following:

•Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cell phone

•Only your CV can be uploaded on the first page after you have registered/logged in.

•ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS can be uploaded on the “Document” tab on your profile

•Attachments must be less than 2 MB.

•Should you have any HR enquiries please send your query citing reference number to

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•Should you experience problems applying online, please send your applications to Clearly indicate the reference number in the subject line.

. A cover letter of motivation indicating your suitability for the position;

  1. A detailed CV which should clearly indicate your highest qualification; an indication of your quantitative and qualitative research experience; your post studies fieldwork experience and include details of your citizenship.
  2. Proof of Registration for PhD Studies
  3. A one-page outline of your envisaged PhD thesis
  4. The details of three recent referees with telephone/cell number, fax, e-mail, contact details and institutional affiliation
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