2024 Iso Lomso Fully-Funded Fellowship for Early-Career Researchers in Africa

The call for applications is open for the 2024 Iso Lomso Fully-Funded Fellowship for Early-Career Researchers in Africa, established by Stellenbosch Institute of Advance Studies (STIAS).

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.

Iso Lomso aims to address the gap that exists between the 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 fellows will 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.


To be eligible for the Iso Lomso Fellowship for Early-Career Researchers, applicants must:

  • be a national of any African country;
  • be born after January 1st 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 recognized higher education institution (worldwide) after the 1st of January 2016;
  • be in a position to commence the first period of residency at STIAS in 2025;
  • have completed a post-doctoral fellowship or equivalent post-PhD research programme.
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Selection Criteria

Applications for the Ios Lomso Fellowship for Early-Career Researchers will be evaluated and selected on the basis of the following criteria:

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

Application Process

Applicants must upload the following documents with the application:

  • A motivational cover letter of not more than one page in length.
  • One or two recent writing examples authored by the applicant (articles or book sections) related to the proposed project.
  • A copy of the applicant’s doctoral certificate.
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from scholars who are familiar with the applicant’s work,
  • A letter of support from home institution
  • A pre-proposal for a three-year research project.

To apply for the 2024 Iso Lomso Fully-Funded Fellowship for Early-Career Researchers in Africa, click here.

Deadline: February 15, 2024.

For more information on the 2024 Iso Lomso Fully-Funded Fellowship for Early-Career Researchers in Africa, visit the official site.