Fully Funded Iso Lomso Fellowships for Early Career African Researchers

Fully Funded Iso Lomso Fellowships for Early Career African Researchers

Iso Lomso means ‘the eye of tomorrow’ in isiXhosa: seeing towards the future, laying the foundations for tomorrow. The 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 10 months in residence at STIAS to develop and pursue a long-term research programme

  • Links to sister institutions. The possibility of a residency at a sister institute for advanced study in North America, Europe or elsewhere

  • 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

    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 facilitate and support them towards becoming established scholars in their fields.


    To be eligible for the 2023 call, applicants must:

  • Be a national of any
    African country;

  • Be born after the 1st of January 1980;

  • 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 2015;

  • 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 2024.


    The main means of support is STIAS residencies. Residential periods will be agreed mutually between the fellow, his or her home institution and STIAS, and may vary between six weeks and five months per residency. A first period of residency will typically be of longer duration to be taken up during 2024, followed by two further residencies through 2026. 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.

    How to Apply

    For more information see; Fully Funded Iso Lomso Fellowships for Early Career African Researchers

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