KAS-SAIIA-Scholarship Programme 2020

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-KAS/SAIIA Internship: Combining theory with practical experience-


The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a German political foundation named after the first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. KAS operates worldwide with the aim to promote democracy through political education and training.

Since 1999 KAS has funded an internship programme, run by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in conjunction with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). This internship programme provides successfulcandidateswith the opportunity of enrolling for a Masters degree by course work in International Relations, Development Studies, Political Science, Economics, Law or Journalism at Wits, while simoultaneously working at SAIIA.

The successful applicants would have to meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at Wits,namely a minimum average of 65%, andshould not be older than 30 years. The duration of the internship is from February to November each year. Successful candidates receive a full bursary for their tuition fees and a monthly stipend to cover their living costs and accommodation.

The programme is output-focused and the KAS - SAIIA scholars, who are assigned to mentors, generally go on to high-profile and high-powered positions in public and private life. The scholars are supported in honing their methodological, research and writing skills, and are encouraged to:

  • Co-publish newspaper articles on topics relevant to the work of SAIIA and their studies
  • Co-author articles in SAIIA publications
  • Improve their presentation and organisational skills

We especially encourage applicants with a grounding in economics or development economics to apply for this scholarship.


The application should include:

  • A letter of motivation outlining your research interests and how you hope to use the skillsgained at the Institute in the long term
  • A full CV
  • Two written references (with names, addresses and phone numbers)
  • June honours degree results and academic transcripts of previous degrees
  • One example of written work not exceeding 2500 words on a topic of your choice


Email applications can be sent to:


Posted applications can be sent to:

Mrs Khetiwe Chitambira-Mude

The South African Institute of International Affairs

PO Box 31596

Braamfontein 2017


The closing date for the 2020 applications is 2 September 2019.


Christoph Kleiber


Deputy Resident Representative / Project Manager

christoph.kleiber@kas.de +27 (11) 214 2900-202