20 October 2018 (Central African Time).


Stellenbosch, South Africa 

(Partially Funded)


Iso Lomso fellowships for early career African Researchers

Iso Lomso fellowships provide an exceptional early career opportunity for Africa’s brightest minds in academia. Iso Lomso means ‘the eye of tomorrow’ in isiXhosa: seeing towards the future, laying the foundations for tomorrow.

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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.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • All disciplines.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period


Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Be a national of any African country.
  • Be born after the 1st of January 1977.
  • 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 recognized higher education institution (worldwide) after the 1st of January 2012.
  • 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 the second half of 2019 or the first half of 2020.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

Iso Lomso Fellows enjoy:

  • A three-year attachment to STIAS during which time they may spend a total of ten months in residence at STIAS to develop and pursue a long-term research programme.
  • The possibility of a residency at a sister institute for advanced study in North America, Europe or elsewhere.
  • Funding to attend up to three international conferences or training workshops anywhere in the world.
  • Support to convene a workshop with collaborators at STIAS.
  • Lecturer replacement subsidy for the fellow’s home institution during residency periods.

How to Apply

First Step: Complete the Iso Lomso 2018 Application Form Here.


The completed application form should be signed, dated and submitted together with the following documents, all in PDF format:

  1. The application form (this document).
  2. 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).
  3. A pre-proposal for your research project, consisting of a short essay of two to three pages which describes:
    1. a summary of your current research/work.
    2. the main thesis of the proposed research project (problem statement and aim of the project).
    3. an overview of existing literature and other sources.
    4. theoretical background and methodological approach.
    5. the significance/relevance of the project for African scholarship.
    6. 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 Iso Lomso fellowship may coincide with a research project funded by another programme.
  4. One or two recent writing examples of your work (articles or book sections) related to the proposed project (any language).
  5. A certified copy or scan of your doctoral certificate.
  6. A letter of support from your home institution (either from the head of the department, dean of faculty, principal of the college, or equivalent).
  7. A 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:
    1. Name of recommender;
    2. The academic position of recommender;
    3. Answers to the following questions:
      1. How long and in what capacity has the recommender known the applicant?
      2. 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?
    4. 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
Applications may be submitted electronically via email to

For entries by postal service, courier or facsimile, please contact the STIAS Programme Manager in advance by email or telephone to confirm delivery arrangements.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Moustafa Ashraf/ Egypt 

Reviewed by” Somiyah Elhassawy/ Egypt 
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MARJ3 Scholarships team