Applications Open For The HSRC Young African Research Fellowship/ Internship 2021

Applications Open For The HSRC Young African Research Fellowship/ Internship 2021. 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

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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
  • Analyze 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.

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.

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