STIAS Iso Lomso Fellowship Programme opens for application for research in Africa from applicants from African countries in Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study.

Applicants from non-Anglophone African countries may conduct their research in the language of preference; however, the application documents must be completed in English.

Course Level: Iso Lomso fellowships provide a three-year attachment to STIAS to enable fellows to develop and conduct a long-term research programme of their preference. The aim is to guide and support them towards becoming established scholars in their fields.

Study Subject: Fellowship is awarded in any research area of applicant’s choice.

Worth of Award

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 fast internet connection;
-participation in the regular STIAS fellows programme, including daily lunch, weekly fellows’ seminar, STIAS public lectures and social events;
-a child care subsidy for women fellows accompanied by young children while in residence.

Scholarship can be taken at: Africa

Eligibility: Applications 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.

Nationality: Applicants from African countries (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and  Zimbabwe) are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.

How to Apply: Applications should be sent via e-mail.


Supporting Material: 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
-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

Deadline: Fellowship application deadline is 25th May 2016.

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