Announcement of opportunity: DST-NRF Internships at ACDI in 2017-18

1 Nov 2016 - 15:45

ACDI has applied to be a host institution for Department of Science and Technology National Research Fund (DST-NRF) Interns in 2017. ACDI has developed a collaborative training program to support the personal development of interns wishing to pursue a career in climate change and/or development. The internships are especially beneficial for graduates who are considering a career in research – whether you are considering further study, or are interested in areas of work related to research such as project management, fundraising or communication.

The internship program is designed to expose you to a wide range of experts, topics and tasks within research to help you prepare for the next stages in your career. You will also be expected to make meaningful contributions to ACDI’s ongoing operations and research, in line with your interests, disciplinary background and experience. 

The internship runs from April 2017 – March 2018, though it may be ended sooner if you are commencing further study in 2018. The DST-NRF Internship program provides monthly salaries in line with your level of qualification:

• R 6,070 for a Bachelors graduate;

• R 6,750 for an Honours’ graduate; and

• R 8,050 for a Masters graduate.

 Further funds are potentially available through ACDI to ‘top-up’ these salaries, in cases of financial need, or to start the internship at an earlier date. All salaries of enrolled interns will be subject to personal taxation.

Applications for the DST-NRF Internship program for 2017 are open until 7 November 2016. Read more about the DST-NRF Internship program and application process here. Apply through the NRF Online Submission System here

Once you have applied through the NRF website, please email your CV and a one-page letter of motivation to Leigh Cobban ( The letter should notify us of your application to the DST-NRF Internship program, and outline your interests in research relating to climate change and/or development. Placements are not guaranteed and the application will be subject to a standard competitive selection process.  

If you have any questions about the internship program, please email Leigh Cobban (

Need some career advice?

  • Read through ACDI’s early-career blog series on finding meaningful work in the environment and development sectors here.
  • Read about Andrew Hall’s decision to intern and his experience as a DST-NRF Intern in 2016 here.

Only South African Honours and Masters students in their final year are applicable.

The University of Cape Town reserves the right to make no awards at all, to cancel the award if the conditions are not met, and to effect changes to the conditions of the award. The University of Cape Town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications.