This is a flagship NITheCS programme, which offers outstanding training to students within the eight themes of NITheCS.

NITheCS internships allow registered students at South African universities, namely those at honours and first-year masters levels, to join NITheCS staff or Associates during their recess periods to complete a research project. Their projects are evaluated by the supervisor and an independent examiner – normally an academic at the student’s home academic institution – and can be used for credits if the home institution approves.

One of the aims of this programme is to alleviate the pressure of honours level project supervision experienced by university departments. In some cases, a supervisor utilises the services of a PhD student as a tutor. This eases the supervisor’s work burden, while the tutor gains valuable experience.

Topics for research projects

Our Associates propose research projects each year across the eight NITheCS themes. See the research projects proposed for our 2024/2025 programme.

Research projects offered to NITheCS interns in previous years:

What does NITheCS offer participants in the programme?

  • NITheCS financially supports students who pass the screening process in terms of travel costs, accommodation costs and subsistence allowance.
  • Subsistence allowance / living expense support is currently capped at R150 per day.
  • Generally, the internship period for students without a need for transport and accommodation allowances is 28 days. When transport and accommodation costs are incurred for the duration of the internship, the period of the internship is 21 days.
  • NITheCS aims to use bus services for the transport of students wherever possible.
NITheCS internships

Projects that qualify and report-back responsibilities

  • Internship students need to establish in advance (from their home academic institute) if their projects would count as credits towards their degrees.
  • Student must submit a project report within two months of completing the internship.
  • If a project topic becomes the topic for a following degree, NITheCS should be notified, as this information is reported to stakeholders.
  • Any published papers based on work done during the internship should be reported to us, as it affects NITheCS publication statistics. Please remember to acknowledge NITheCS in any such papers. To do this, use this phrase as your reference: ‘National Institute for Theoretical and Computational Sciences (NITheCS) South Africa‘.

Supervisor responsibilities

The supervisor should:

  • sign off the project and inform NITheCS of the score awarded for the project.
  • inform NITheCS if the student would be able to use the project to count towards a current degree, or if the topic could be used for a higher degree.

Benefits for supervisors whose PhD students participate in the programme

  • The bulk of the work shifts from the supervisors of the relevant projects to your PhD students, who will teach or manage the student interns.
  • This is an opportunity for the PhD students who act as tutors to gain experience.
  • Tutors receive monetary compensation. The general average time required is two to three hours per day for the total period of 28 days. The payment rate is R150 per hour and the total paid to tutors is currently capped at R6 000.
NITheCS student internships

How to apply to become part of the programme?

  • Students have until 17 May 2024 to apply to participate in the NITheCS Internship programme for 2024/2025.
  • If you meet the criteria to apply, choose one of our research projects that is being hosted at a university other than your home institution and complete our Application Form. You may be required to undergo a screening process.
  • Students who are accepted on the programme will be informed by 31 May 2024. You will be asked to provide a copy of ID/passport, as well as banking details to receive the relevant allowance. 

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