STIAS Iso Lomso Research Fellowship 2024 (fully funded)

STIAS Iso Lomso Research Fellowship
STIAS Iso Lomso Research Fellowship

STIAS Iso Lomso Research Fellowship 2024 (fully funded)

Applications are open for the STIAS Iso Lomso Research Fellowship. STIAS Iso Lomso Research Fellowship aims to address the gap that exists between completion of the Ph.D. and becoming an established scholar in Africa. While there is increasing support for doctoral study and for post-doctoral fellowships, it is during the extended post-doctoral period that the greatest loss of talent occurs.

Iso Lomso means ‘the eye of tomorrow’ in isiXhosa: seeing towards the future, laying the foundations for tomorrow. The STIAS Iso Lomso Research Fellowship programme is aimed at African scholars who have obtained a doctoral degree within the preceding seven years and who hold an academic position at a university or research institution anywhere in Africa. Candidates should have established a research programme and have completed a post-doctoral fellowship or equivalent post-PhD programme. All disciplines are considered.


  • Residence at STIAS: A three-year attachment to STIAS during which time you may spend a total of ten months in residence at STIAS to develop and pursue a long-term research project. While in residence fellows receive regular STIAS fellow support which includes:
    • an economy return flight;
    • comfortable accommodation within walking distance from the institute;
    • individual offices equipped with a PC, telephone and printer;
    • a monthly stipend for daily living costs;
    • access to the Stellenbosch University library (including electronic resources) and a high-speed internet connection;
    • participation in the regular STIAS fellows programme, including daily lunch, weekly fellows’ seminars, STIAS public lectures and social events;
    • a child care subsidy for fellows accompanied by young children while in residence.
  • Links to sister institutions: The possibility of a residency at a partner institute for advanced study or other research intensive institution abroad
  • International conferences: Funding to attend up to two international conferences or training workshops anywhere in the world
  • Your own workshop: Support to convene a workshop with collaborators at STIAS or at their home institution
  • Support for your institution: Lecturer replacement subsidy for your home institution during residency periods

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the 2024 STIAS Iso Lomso Research Fellowship call, applicants must:

  • be a national of any African country;
  • be born after the 1st of January 1981;
  • have an affiliation at a research or higher education institution in an African country, and continue to do so for the foreseeable future;
  • have obtained a doctoral degree from any recognised higher education institution (worldwide) after the 1st of January 2016;
  • have completed a post-doctoral fellowship or equivalent post-PhD research programme;
  • be in a position to commence a first period of residency at STIAS during 2025.

All disciplines will be considered. Applicants from non-Anglophone African countries may conduct their research in the language of preference; however, the application documents must be completed in English. Applications will be evaluated and selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Level: the applicant’s academic excellence and the originality and scholarly strength of the proposed research project;
  • Innovation: the project’s promise of new insights and the potential to produce new knowledge;
  • Interdisciplinarity: whether the project methodology allows for drawing from different disciplines and its potential to facilitate an interdisciplinary discourse;
  • Relevance: the project’s relevance for scholarship and knowledge production in Africa;
  • Feasibility: whether the research design and the research plan are convincing and realistic.

During final selection, additional consideration will be given to:

  • gender representation;
  • diversity of nationalities;
  • diversity of disciplines;
  • participation in previous or current research projects;
  • previous international experience.

Deadline: February 15, 2024

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