Iso Lomso Fellowship for Early Career Researchers in Africa 2022

Applications are currently open for the 2022 Iso Lomso Fellowship for Early Career Researchers in Africa.

Strengthening the continent’s research culture is a top priority for STIAS. It is especially critical to developing a new generation of African scholars who will provide the intellectual leadership required for future growth. STIAS has established the Iso Lomso early career research fellowship program for this purpose. The isiXhosa words ‘iso lomso’ translates to ‘the eye of tomorrow,’ and mean seeing into the future, working towards the future, preparing for the future, and laying foundations for the future.’ Iso Lomso aims to bridge the gap between earning a Ph.D. and establishing a career as a scholar in Africa.

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 towards becoming established scholars in their fields.


  • a monthly stipend for daily living costs;
  • an economy return flight;
  • comfortable accommodation within walking distance from the institute;
  • individual offices equipped with a PC, telephone and printer;
  • 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 2022 fellowship call, applicants must:

  • be a national of any African country;
  • have obtained a doctoral degree from any recognised higher education institution (worldwide) after the 1st of January 2015;
  • 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 completed a post-doctoral fellowship or equivalent post-PhD research programme;
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Application Process

Applications must include the following Documents:

  • A motivational cover letter of not more than one page in length.
  • 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 copy of the applicant’s doctoral certificate.
  • Two letters of recommendation from scholars who are familiar with the applicant’s work,
  • A letter of support from the applicant’s home institution.

Deadline: February 15, 2022.

For more information about the Iso Lomso 2022 fellowship, visit the official site.

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