NRF Internship Graduate Program for 2021 Period

South African National Research Fund (NRF) is working together with Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) to provide the so-called NRF Internship Graduate Program that would support subjects of Humanities, Social Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Science. The program is designed to attract and appeal potential and talented candidates to take part in their projects so they can improve themselves – professionally and personally.

About the Program

NRF is a principal government agency that focuses on researching funding. They follow a specific call for institutions to perform graduate interns within the following academic years of 2021 to 2022. The institution is working together with DSI to welcome applications for graduate interns within the same period.

This NRF Internship Graduate program will last for 2 years (24 months) because it is designed that way. This 2-years work experience program is for Bachelor graduates who want to pursue part-time Honor studies during the internship time simultaneously. The program is set to provide a unique and one-of-a-kind platform for (Bachelor) graduates to receive real-life working experience and also to financially help them to get Honor studies. NRF provides interns with the right amount of tuition fees (for Honor study) as well as tax-free stipend for 2 years of period.

The Requirements

  • The candidates must be the citizens of South Africa – must be proven with a valid and legal ID document
  • They must not have any criminal record or any pending charges
  • They should have the intention to get Honors Study within the two-year period of internship
  • They have been funded by NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) or the ISFAP (Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Program( for their Bachelor degree
  • They must have completed a Bachelor Degree within any HSS, SET, or other related disciplines of studies before the internship program starts
  • They must have obtained at least 65% for all major subjects within the final undergraduate study year
  • They must not be over 27 years on December the 31st within the year of application (for the Graduate Internship)
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How to Apply

  • Interested candidates must visit this link
  • They will have to register and then choose ‘My Application’, and then choose ‘Create Application.’ Choose the application that they are interested in.
  • Then, provide the specification for the university that they intend to register.
  • Make sure to complete and then attach the supporting documents.
  • Before signing out, continue with ‘My Application’ and choose ‘List of Applications’
  • Make sure that all of the sections have been completed before clicking on ‘Final Submit’ so the application can be submitted to the university DA (Designated Authority)

The supporting documents include:

  • A certified copy of South African ID document
  • An (official) academic record within the university letterhead
  • A timetable along with a support letter from the Faculty Deans
  • An official letter from the university to confirm the candidates’ registration for the first year and to indicate the outstanding fees owed (to the university) – for students with outstanding fees
  • A medical certificate for disabled applicants

There is no information about the deadline but candidates are expected to send their applications as soon as possible so they won’t be late for this NRF Internship Graduate program.