South Africa

Masters Research Trainee

Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # Ref. No: Masters 11/2021
Published 26/11/2021
Contract Type Contract
24 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa
Duration 24 Months
The Inclusive Economic Development (IED) division undertakes research to transform educational outcomes and increase economic participation. It recognises that education and the economy have long been linked and conducts research to understand educational performance and improve learning outcomes and to interrogate wider social, spatial and structural obstacles to economic participation.

IED is looking to appoint 2 Masters Research Trainees for a period of 2 years to be based in Cape Town, Durban or Pretoria, with an interest in either education or economics research.

Job Functions Intern
Industries Research
Key Responsibilities

1.Work with a professional research team on all aspects of policy orientated research, including conceptualisation, data collection and analysis, and participation in dissemination of findings;
2.Assist with the submission of research proposals for ethical review;
3.Conduct and organise literature reviews and other secondary data searches;
4.Undertake qualitative and quantitative fieldwork;
5.Assist with administrative matters in the research environment;
6.Contribute to the preparation of peer reviewed academic journal articles, research reports, study protocols, presentations, manuscripts and research grant proposals;
7.Participate in structured research trainee mentoring and capacity development activities; and
8.Make demonstrable progress towards the achievement of a Master’s degree

Key Requirements:

1.Applicants for the Masters traineeship must have graduated with an Honours degree and be registered (proof of registration will be required by 31 March 2022) for a Master’s degree in the Social Sciences (particularly in areas such as Education, Sociology, Development or Economics);
2.Strong written and verbal communication skills;
3.Competence in basic computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
4.A sound academic record;
5.Willingness to learn through hands on engagement in a variety of research projects;
6.Intellectual and personal integrity, a well-developed work ethic, and drive;
7.Self discipline and the ability to manage both the demands of the job and ensure that university studies are timeously completed;
8.Applicants must be South African citizens.

The HSRC offers a fixed salary at this level that allows time for completion on studies.


1.A cover letter of motivation indicating your suitability and goals for this position.
2.A detailed CV which should clearly indicate your highest qualification and details of your citizenship, as well as a certified ID copy.
3.Proof of Registration for Masters degree
4.A one-page outline of your envisaged masters thesis
5.The details of three recent referees with telephone/cell number, e-mail, contact details and institutional affiliation

The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements.

Shortlisted applicants may be required to undertake a written or oral competency exercise for this position.

Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com/
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.

Enquiries about the nature of the position, and NOT applications, may be directed to Prof. Thierry Luescher at email address [email protected]

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its staff complement who are SA Citizens, black, female or disabled

Closing date: 6 December 2021. We encourage applicants to submit prior to this date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only applicants who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their applications.

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Job Closing Date 06/12/2021
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