There are two key imperatives with regard to building the human resources capacity for the STI system: to grow and expand the human resources base for S&T, and to transform the human resources base to become more inclusive of (South African) black and women academics and scientists. Although these two imperatives are not necessarily mutually exclusive, specific strategies to achieve the goals of growth and transformation can produce tensions and, in fact, counteract one another.

SciSTIP offers annual part-time and full-time scholarships for M.Phil and PhD students in Science and Technology Studies in an effort to build the capacity of current and future generation scholars in this field at an accelerated pace.