STIAS Iso Lomso Fellowship Programme for Research in Africa.
Applications are invited for STIAS Iso Lomso Fellowships Programme for research in Africa. Applicants from African countries are eligible to apply for this fellowship program me. The aim of the fellowship is to guide and support them towards becoming established scholars in their fields. The programme is aimed at African scholars who have obtained a doctoral degree within the preceding eight years and who hold an academic position at a university or research institution anywhere in Africa. Full details:
| Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and Zimbabwe) are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.
‣ Award No: not specified
‣ Scholarship Duration: three-year
‣ Scholarship covers: While in residence fellows receive regular STIAS fellow support which includes:
‣ Applications are invited for STIAS Iso Lomso Fellowship Programme for research in Africa. Applicants from African countries are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.
‣ The aim of the fellowship is to guide and support them towards becoming established scholars in their fields. The programme is aimed at African scholars who have obtained a doctoral degree within the preceding eight years and who hold an academic position at a university or research institution anywhere in Africa.
‣ The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study is a high-level research institute dedicated to innovative thinking, the production of new knowledge and the nurturing of emerging leaders.
‣ 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 for STIAS Iso Lomso Fellowship Programme
are accepted from applicants who met the following criteria:
be a national of any African country;
‣ 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 2009;
‣ be in a position to commence a first period of residency at STIAS during 2017.
Admission Requirement for STIAS Iso Lomso Fellowship Programme
‣ Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have obtained a doctoral degree from any recognised higher education institution (worldwide) after the 1st of January 2009.
‣ English language Requirements: Applicants from non-Anglophone African countries may conduct their research in the language of preference; however, the application documents must be completed in English.
Scholarship Application Method
Applications may be submitted, preferably by e-mail to Ms Gudrun Schirge at email@example.com.
or by mail to
Ms Gudrun Schirge
STIAS Senior Programme Administrator
Private Bag X1
Applications and suggestions for fellowships of at least one academic term, maximally two terms are preferred, and may be submitted in writing or via e-mail at any time. There is no deadline for applications, but it should be noted that selection is generally concluded at least twelve months in advance of the proposed period of residence. In exceptional and well motivated cases STIAS will consider fellowship applications for shorter periods of residency (with a minimum of one month). The STIAS terms run from mid-January to mid-June, and again from mid-July to early December, with two periods of recess in between. During these periods of recess STIAS cannot offer standard fellowship support, although it may be possible to make some ad hoc accommodation arrangements.
STIAS accepts and welcomes proposals for team projects (with typically three to five participants), especially within the context of the current long-term theme driven projects. Together with the project proposal the main proposer/PI is expected to submit the CV’s of the proposed team members, indicate the role of each in the project and provide a residential timetable which shows when team members have committed to be in residence at STIAS. In the case of the long-term theme driven projects preference will be given to projects which run over 3-4 years and where team members commit to spend at least two periods of overlapping residence at STIAS. Selection for participation in a team project is carried out on an individual basis.
As part of an early career advancement programme STIAS has launched the Iso Lomso Fellowship for Early Career African Scholars (applications for the current call have now been closed). In addition, STIAS annually considers a limited number of fellowship applications from young scholars (typically of age 35 years or younger) which will be evaluated within this context and against the standard criteria listed above, academic excellence and originality in particular. Applicants in this category are expected to have completed a PhD (or equivalent degree) and preferably at least one post-doctoral fellowship at a recognised academic institution. Post-doctoral fellows in the Volkswagen Foundation’s “Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa” funding initiative are also encouraged to apply for a STIAS postdoctoral fellowship module (more information about this module can be found in the relevant information sheet).
As of May 2017 STIAS particularly welcomes applications for the two terms of 2019; the first term of 2018 has almost reached full capacity, while limited capacity is still available for the second term. Prospective applicants for 2018 are advised to contact the STIAS Programme Manager Dr Christoff Pauw (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ) to verify details before applying.
‣ Applications should be sent via e-mail.
‣ Scholarship Applications Due Date: the STIAS terms run from mid-January to mid-June, and again from mid-July to early December, with two periods of recess in between. During these periods of recess STIAS cannot offer standard fellowship support, although it may be possible to make some ad hoc accommodation arrangements..
‣ The following documents should accompany your application form. You may submit these as separate files attached to a single email together with the application form (or multiple, numbered emails if the attachments are too large for a single email).The body of the email should indicate the number of files attached. Please note that the recommenders should confidentially submit the recommendation letters by email to cpauw-at-sun.ac.za.
- A motivation letter (one page maximum; must include a description of your academic career and current attachment to an African institution, and the ideas and experiences that have shaped and motivated your intellectual work).
- A pre-proposal for your research project, consisting of a short essay of two to three pages which describes:
- a summary of your current research/work;
- the main thesis of the proposed research project (problem statement and aim of the project);
- An overview of existing literature and other sources;
- Theoretical background and methodological approach;
- The significance/relevance of the project for African scholarship;
- a provisional time framework with proposed periods of residency at STIAS and additional activities (for instance attendance of international conferences, a residency at another institute, a workshop to be convened at STIAS), as well as proposed research outputs such as articles/book manuscript, etc. The IsoLomso fellowship may coincide with a research project funded by another programme.
- One or two recent writing examples (articles or book sections) related to the proposed project (any language).
- A certified copy or scan of your doctoral certificate.
- A letter of support from the your home institution (either from the head of department, dean of faculty, principal of college, or equivalent).
- Recommendation, consisting of two letters of recommendation from scholars familiar with your work, preferably one from your current institution and one from another institution. Recommenders will need to receive a copy of your pre-proposal in order to comment on the proposed project. The letter should be printed on an official institutional letterhead and must include:
- Name of recommender; Academic position of recommender; Answers to the following questions: How long and in what capacity has the recommender known the applicant? How does the recommender evaluate the merit of the applicants’ proposed project, and the applicant’s ability to complete the proposed work during three years?
- Any further relevant information about the applicant or proposed project (including how the project matches the research priorities of the applicant’s home institution, if known).
- The letters of recommendation will be confidential and should be sent by the recommender directly to cpauw-at-sun.ac.za.
‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website
‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.