ISO LOMSO Fellowship for African scholars for the Year 2023

Stellenbosch Institute for Advance Study (STIAS) invites applications from African scholars who have obtained a doctoral degree and who hold an academic position at a university or research institution anywhere in Africa for the ISO LOMSO Fellowship 2023.

Iso Lomso fellowships provide a three-year attachment to STIAS to enable fellows to develop and conduct a long-term research program of their preference. The aim is to facilitate and support them toward becoming established scholars in their fields.

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

Duration: 2 years


ISO LOMSO Fellowship for African scholars offers:

  • 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 program, including daily lunch, weekly fellows’ seminars, STIAS public lectures, and social events;
  • a childcare subsidy for fellows accompanied by young children while in residence.


To be eligible for ISO LOMSO Fellowship for African scholars 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 recognized higher education institution (worldwide) after the 1st of January 2015;
  • be in a position to commence the first period of residency at STIAS in 2024;
  • have completed a post-doctoral fellowship or equivalent post-PhD research program.
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Selection Criteria

During the final selection for ISO LOMSO Fellowship for African scholars, additional consideration will be given to the following:

  • gender representation;
  • diversity of nationalities;
  • diversity of disciplines;
  • participation in previous or current research projects;
  • previous international experience.

Application Process

The following documents, all in PDF format, must accompany each application:

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

Deadline: February 15, 2022.

For more information on ISO LOMSO Fellowship for African scholars, visit the official site.

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