World Federation of
Science Journalists

Research Africa seeks science journalism intern

Research Africa is offering African journalists with a proven track record in science or financial journalism an intensive seven-month internship at its headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa. Deadline: 29 November 2013.

The internship will start next March. The successful applicant will hone their journalism skills in Cape Town and at Research Africa's sister offices in London, and undertake a reporting trip to an African country.

The intern will work with Research Africa's excellent editorial team, which produces news and analysis on African research funding and science trends on the continent.

Non-South African applicants will be prioritised.

Research Africa will cover the costs of travel to and from South Africa, fieldwork travel, accommodation in Cape Town and London, and a daily stipend. Visa costs will be reimbursed.

Canada’s International Development Research Centre funds the internship as part of its science journalism awards programme.

Applicants need to propose a modest research project for their internship. Proposals should be no longer than four pages, and should describe how a topical issue related to strengthening Africa’s standing in global research will be investigated and the results disseminated.

Applicants must also submit a cv, three recent relevant articles (print or electronic), and a letter of permission from their line manager confirming that they would be allowed to take seven months off work (paid or unpaid leave).

Applicants should be mature, self-motivated and independent, with fluent written and spoken English and a high degree of numeracy. They should be computer literate and comfortable with MS Office programmes. Competence in both PC and Mac environments would be an advantage.

Applications, including certified copies of academic degrees, should be emailed to with the subject line: Research Africa-IDRC science journalism internship. Deadline: 29 November 2013.