Call for applications to participate in the Department of Science and Innovation’s National Youth Service Programme


Unemployed graduates (18-35 years of age) are invited to apply to join the 2020/21 intake for the Department of Science and Innovation’s National Youth Service Programme.  A total of 550 places are available, mainly for science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates.

The programme, which is part of the government-wide National Youth Service initiative, places selected volunteers at various institutions (e.g. schools, universities, science councils and NGOs) across the country, allowing them to gain workplace experience for 12 months while offering a service to the community.

Participating volunteers will be paid monthly stipends at the following scale:

NQF Level 6

National diploma

R4 500

NQF Level 7

Bachelor’s degree/BTech

R5 000

NQF Level 8

Honours degree

R5 500

NQF Level 9

Master’s degree

R6 500

NQF Level 10


R7 700

Volunteers are responsible for their own travel and relocation costs.

For detailed information on the participating institutions, duties, qualifications required, etc., visit

To apply, submit your CV with contactable references, certified copies of your ID and qualifications, and a letter setting out why you want to participate in the programme, which province you live in, and the province and institution you hope to be deployed to.  Applications should be sent to

Closing date: 18 September 2020

Correspondence will be entered into with shortlisted candidates only.  If you have not been contacted within three months of the closing date, you should consider your applications unsuccessful.  

Enquiries:  Mr MacDonald Kapu, South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement, at 012 392 9300, 067 2015 569 or