Iso Lomso Postdoctoral Fellowship for Africans

Field of Study: All subjects
Degree Type: Fellowship
Country of scholarship: South Africa
Country of Citizenship: Algeria, Comoros, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia


The Iso Lomso Fellowship Programme, established by the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), in South Africa, 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 postdoctoral fellowship or equivalent post-Ph.D. programme. All disciplines are considered.

In the isiXhosa language, Iso Lomso means “the eye of tomorrow”. It connotes seeing towards the future, and laying the foundations for tomorrow. 

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.

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. 

Deadline: 15 February, 2023


– 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.


– be a national of any African country;

– be born after January 1, 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 January 1, 2016;

– have completed a postdoctoral fellowship or equivalent post-Ph.D. research programme.

How to Apply:

Download the application form from the fellowship webpage.

Submit the completed form with documentation by email to: [email protected]

Required Documents:

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

– A motivational cover letter of not more than one page in length. The letter should include a description of the applicant’s academic career, detailing the ideas and experiences that have shaped and motivated his or her intellectual work.

– A pre-proposal for a three-year research project. This is a short essay of two to three pages which provides (i) a summary of the applicant’s current research/work, (ii) the main thesis of the proposed research project, including the problem statement and aim of the project, (iii) an overview of existing literature and other sources for the project, (iv) the project’s theoretical background and methodological approach, (v) the significance/relevance of the project for African scholarship, and (vi) a provisional time framework with proposed periods of residency at STIAS, additional activities, and research outputs.

– 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.

– A letter of support from the applicant’s home institution (either from the head of department, dean of faculty, principal of college, or equivalent).

– Two letters of recommendation from scholars who are familiar with the applicant’s work, preferably one from the applicant’s current home institution and one from another institution. The letter should be printed on an official institutional letterhead and should include the name of the recommender, the academic position of the recommender, an indication of how long and in what capacity the recommender has known the applicant, and an evaluation of the merit of the applicant’s proposed project and ability to complete the proposed work during three years. The letters of recommendation will be confidential and should be sent by the recommender directly to [email protected]

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