The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is South Africas statutory research agency dedicated to the applied social sciences. It has approximately 150 researchers, mainly specialists, 40 interns and 100 support staff. Its revenue is now derived roughly equally from its Parliamentary grant and from earnings through tenders, commissions, and local and international foundation grants.

The HSRC does "social science research that makes a difference", concerned with all aspects of development and poverty alleviation in South Africa, the region, and in Africa. It undertakes policy relevant, often large-scale, research for Government Departments at national, regional and local levels, other public entities, and local and international development agencies.

The HSRC has transformed itself to respond flexibly and comprehensively to users' requirements by:

  • radically restructuring and expanding its research capabilities into ten interdisciplinary Research Programmes aligned to major development challenges;
  • recruiting top-quality research executives and specialists;
  • integrating many of its projects into large-scale national ventures, conducted in collaboration with researchers in other science councils, tertiary institutions and NGOs here and abroad, and international agencies.


HSRC Council
From the Chair
From the CEO
Executive Directors
Specialist Researchers
A Selection of Recent Users and Funders
Collaboration in Africa
Research Programmes
  Assessment Technology and Education Evaluation
  Child, Youth and Family Development
  Democracy and Governance
  Employment and Economic Policy Research

  Education Policy Research
  Human Resources Development
  Integrated Rural and Regional Development
  Knowledge Management
  Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health
  Surveys, Analyses, Modelling and Mapping
  Social Cohesion and Integration
Corporate Services
Office of the CEO
HSRC Internal Seminars Series
Research Outputs 2002/03
Annual Financial Statements