Fully Funded Fellowship in the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) Iso Lomso Fellowship Program 2021/2022

Are you a national of any African country with a doctoral degree, born after January 1st 1980?

Submit an application for the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) Iso Lomso Fellowship Program 2021/2022 for a chance at a fully funded residency.

Application Deadline: February 15 2022

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Benefits

  • Residence at STIAS

A three-year attachment to STIAS during which time you may spend a total of 10 months in residence at STIAS to develop and pursue a long-term research programme

  • Links to sister institutions

The possibility of a residency at a sister institute for advanced study in North America, Europe or elsewhere

  • International conferences

Funding to attend up to two international conferences or training workshops anywhere in the world

  • Your own workshop

Support to convene a workshop with collaborators at STIAS or at their home institution

  • Support for your institution

Lecturer replacement subsidy for the fellow’s home institution during residency periods

Eligibility

To be eligible for the 2022 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 recognised higher education institution (worldwide) after the 1st of January 2014;
  • 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 between July 2022 and June 2023.

All disciplines will be considered. Applicants from non-Anglophone African countries may conduct their research in the language of preference; however, the application documents must be completed in English. 

Applications will be evaluated and selected on the basis of the following criteria:

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

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Application Instructions

Please fill out the application form linked below. 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 isolomso@sun.ac.za.

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  1. DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM

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  1. SUBMIT THE FORM WITH DOCUMENTATION

Email to: isolomso@sun.ac.za

(for postal entries, please contact the coordinator first)

About the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) Iso Lomso Fellowship Program

Iso Lomso means ‘the eye of tomorrow’ in isiXhosa: seeing towards the future, laying the foundations for tomorrow.

The program 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 program and have completed a post-doctoral fellowship or equivalent post-PhD program. All disciplines are considered.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

  • Application deadline: 15 February 2022
  • Shortlist selection: 30 April 2022
  • Final selection: 31 May 2022

Shortlisted candidates may be contacted during May 2022 for any additional information that may be required about their proposed projects. A final selection will be made by the end of May 2022 and successful candidates will be contacted during June 2022. These dates may change and will be updated on this page.

During final selection, additional consideration will be given to:

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