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Closing Date: Friday 15th of January 2021
Organization HSRC
Employment Type Internship
Province Western Cape
Town/City Cape Town
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In order to develop the capacity of masters graduates who have previously received a scholarship through the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Programme (MSP) and to conduct contextually-based research for one aspect of the Imprint of Education study, the Inclusive Economic Development (IED) division of the HSRC is offering seven (7) paid two-year research fellowships.

Known as Young African Research Fellowships (YARFs), successful fellows will be based in Cape Town for a period of two years. Fellowships begin 1 August 2021 and end on 31 July 2023.

Salary: R383,300 p.a

Duration: 2 years

Fellows will be required to:

  • Attend relevant training and team meetings
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Prepare research instruments
  • Conduct fieldwork in their country of residence (approx. 12 weeks)
  • Translate and transcribe interviews
  • Analyse data
  • Produce podcasts and concepts for graphic data displays
  • Participate in producing an interactive digital museum on findings to stimulate dialogue
  • Contribute to writing of research reports and journal articles
  • Engage, where possible, in the wider work of the HSRC to develop experience


To be eligible applicants must:

  • Have received a scholarship from the Mastercard Foundation for any period of their university studies
  • Have a completed masters degree in any field (or have proof of graduation occurring in 2021)
  • Have an interest in undertaking social science research
  • Be a citizen of any of the following countries: Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, or from any African country if currently residing outside of the continent
  • Be well connected in their home country, and able to travel freely and confidently to meet people and conduct research as part of their fellowship
  • Be eligible to apply for an Extended Visitor’s Visa for the purpose of conducting academic research – see
  • Be fluent in English and in one or more of the local languages of their home country
  • Have excellent public and interpersonal communication skills
  • Have good computer skills, with knowledge of website design and communication strategies an added advantage

The HSRC offers a fixed market-related salary for this fellowship (ZAR383,300 p.a., approximately USD24,000). Medical, tax and other statutory deductions will be made. Included in the fellowship are two return tickets (one to take up the fellowship and the other to conduct fieldwork), and a laptop computer which can be retained upon completion of the fellowship. No other relocation costs will be paid to the successful candidate. Help and advice will be given regarding housing but this will be for successful candidates’ own accounts.


How to Apply

Reference No:  TIE-YARF/11/2020


Submit the following:

  • A One page letter of motivation indicating your suitability for the position;
  • A CV that must include the details of three recent referees with telephone and e-mail contact details;
  • A 5-8 page writing sample, preferably from your masters dissertation or any publication you have authored.


NB. You will be required to undertake a written or verbal exercise to test your competencies should you be selected for interview.


Apply Online for the HSRC: Young African Research Fellowship / Internship 2021


If you experience problems applying online, please send your applications to: with the relevant reference in the subject line.


Closing date: 15 January 2021.


Enquiries (NOT Applications or CVs) may be directed to Dr Adam Cooper via email at:


We encourage applicants to submit prior to the closing date. If you do not receive any response from us within eight weeks, please accept that your application was unsuccessfu


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