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Opening Date: 
Tuesday, 11 September, 2018
Closing Date: 
Friday, 5 October, 2018


The International Science Council (ISC) is a non-governmental organisation with a unique global membership that brings together about 40 International Scientific Unions and Associations over 140 national and regional scientific organisations including Academies and Research Councils.

The ISC was created in 2018 as a result of a merger between the International Science Council for Science (ICSU) and International Social Science Council (ISSC). The mission of the International Science Council is to act as the global voice for science. As part of that mission, the ISC:

  • Speaks for the value of all science and evidence-informed decision-making;
  • Stimulates and supports international scientific research and scholarship on major issues of global concern;
  • Articulates scientific knowledge on such issues in the public domain;
  • Promotes the continued and equal advancement of scientific rigor, creativity and relevance in all parts of the world;
  • Defends the free and responsible practice of science

This is in line with the strategic performance goals set in the National Research Foundation’s (NRF) Vision - striving towards an internationally competitive science, technology and innovation system.


South Africa is a national member of ISC through the NRF and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The South African ISC -Secretariat serves the scientific community and the ISC scientific unions and affiliates to which South Africa adheres. The SA ISC Secretariat provides support and organisational services for the ISC National Board of SA, and to the SA ISC National Committees to advance South Africa’s position in international platforms. The total membership of these committees is in excess of 200 scientists.  Approximately 100 South Africans serve on ICS-related commissions and working groups. The ISC activities in South Africa are focused on the following principals:

  • Science-for-policy: Stimulate and support national and international scientific research and scholarship, and to communicate science that is relevant to national and international policy issues;
  • Policy-for-science: Promote developments that enable science to contribute more effectively to major issues in the national and international public domain;
  • Science-for-society: Stimulate science engagement with society
  • Scientific freedom and responsibility: Support the free and responsible practice of science.
  • Adherence: Support committees through payment of ISC membership dues;


  • Only ISC National Committee members are eligible to apply


Applications should be submitted on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za


Ms Busiswa Molefe
Professional Officer: KAS
Telephone: +27 12 481 4028
Email: busiswa@nrf.ac.za

Mr Stephen Dlamini
Professional Officer: GMSA
Telephone: +27 12 481 4037
Email: dlamini@nrf.ac.za