Iso Lomso Fellowships for Early Career African Researchers

This call is now closed.

Selection of 2016 Applications completed

The selection of the 2016 call for applications has been completed. The STIAS Research & Fellowship Programme Committee selected five candidates for Iso Lomso Fellowships. In addition, two further candidates were selected to undertake a residency at STIAS during 2017 in order to further improve their proposals. Their proposals will then be re-considered for Iso Lomso Fellowships. Read the press release.

The five selected candidates are:

  • John Kuumuori Ganle (male, Ghanaian) currently based at the University of Ghana
  • Malebogo Neo Ngoepe (female, South African), currently based at the University of Cape Town
  • Uchenna Okeja (male, Nigerian), currently based at Rhodes University
  • Tolu Oni (female, Nigerian), currently based at the University of Cape Town
  • Aretha Phiri (female, Zimbabwean), currently based at Rhodes University

The two additional candidates invited to undertake preparatory residencies are:

  • Patrick Brandful Cobbinah (male, Ghanaian), currently based at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  • Eunice Wamuyu Githae (female, Kenyan), currently based at Chuka University

The selection process was conducted as follows:

  1. Eligibility check: out of 254 applications received, 248 were complete and eligible.
  2. First screening round to rank candidates into three levels based on their proven research experience. Preference was given to candidates who had completed a post-doctoral fellowship or had gained comparable research experience in the years directly following their PhD. Level one candidates (74 in total) proceeded to the next round.
  3. Evaluation of all level one candidates by a qualified research methodology expert to consider the quality of each candidate’s research record and quality of the proposal. The expert recommended 32 candidates for further consideration.
  4. A further consideration of level one and some level two candidates by the STIAS director resulted in ten additional candidates being added to the list for further consideration.
  5. The five members of the STIAS Programme Committee read and discussed each of the 42 applications individually over the course of four weekly meetings. Based on the criteria listed in the call, candidates were scored on a scale of one to seven, one being the highest score. Where required, the committee members consulted with experts in the respective field of study.
  6. Out of thirteen candidates that scored three or higher, a final shortlist of eight candidates were selected with consideration to representation (citizenship, gender, discipline). External evaluators were appointed to review the projects of these candidates.
  7. After evaluations were considered, five candidates were selected and a further two candidates have been invited to undertake a preparatory residency in view of a revision of their proposals.

For the 2016 call, 250 eligible applications were received, representing 30 African countries. Of these, 63 were from women and 98 were from applicants aged below 40 years of age. We congratulate the seven selected candidates. We expect that the first cohort of Iso Lomso fellows will commence their residencies during the second half of 2017.

About Iso Lomso

Iso Lomso Fellowships provide an exceptional early career opportunity for Africa’s brightest minds in academia. Iso Lomso means ‘the eye of tomorrow’ in isiXhosa: seeing towards the future, laying the foundations for tomorrow.

Iso Lomso Fellows will enjoy:

  • a three-year attachment to STIAS during which time they may spend a total of ten months in residence at STIAS to develop and pursue a long-term research programme;
  • the possibility of a residency at a sister institute for advanced study in North America, Europe or elsewhere;
  • funding to attend up to three international conferences or training workshops anywhere in the world;
  • support to convene a workshop with collaborators at STIAS;
  • lecturer replacement subsidy for the fellow’s home institution during residency periods.

The programme is aimed at African scholars who have obtained a doctoral degree within the preceding eight years and who hold an academic position at a university or research institution anywhere in Africa. Preference will be given to candidates who have established a research programme and have completed a post-doctoral fellowship. All disciplines are considered.

Applications are now closed

The applications documents of the 2016 call are available for information purposes:

  1. Download the Iso Lomso Call for Applications 2016
  2. Download the Iso Lomso Application Form 2016

For enquiries please contact:

Dr. Christoff Pauw
STIAS Programme Manager
Tel. +27 21 808 9331 (w)

68 responses to “Iso Lomso Fellowships for Early Career African Researchers”

  1. Dr Remmy Shiundu Barasa
    Dr Remmy Shiundu Barasa on 15 February 2016 at 20:15: Reply

    I wish to join and participate fully.

  2. Eze Fabian Ifeanyi
    Eze Fabian Ifeanyi on 25 February 2016 at 13:11: Reply

    Wonderful initiative

    1. Dr. Lucky Legbosi Nwidu
      Dr. Lucky Legbosi Nwidu on 21 April 2016 at 17:45:

      Thank God that Africa is alive!

    2. Dr. Mary Kamaara
      Dr. Mary Kamaara on 6 May 2016 at 12:24:

      Great opportunity. we will respond.

  3. Dr Vincent Ojeh
    Dr Vincent Ojeh on 26 February 2016 at 09:35: Reply

    Just defended my PhD at the Federal University of Technology., Akure Nigeria. Am I eligible to apply?

    1. Christoff Pauw
      Christoff Pauw on 8 March 2016 at 16:41:

      Dear Vincent,
      Will you continue as a lecturer or researcher at Federal University of Technology, Akure, another university in Nigeria or elsewhere in Africa? If so, yes you will be eligible, although continued research experience after the PhD is a recommendation. This call will be opened every year so perhaps you can also consider a future call. Please email me for any other questions.

  4. Moses A. Kusiluka
    Moses A. Kusiluka on 1 March 2016 at 15:56: Reply

    Very interesting intervention. Congrats, we will apply

  5. Pr. Jean Bosco MBEDE, Ph.D., HDR
    Pr. Jean Bosco MBEDE, Ph.D., HDR on 7 March 2016 at 18:20: Reply

    Nice initiative

  6. Prosper Cabral Biapa Nya
    Prosper Cabral Biapa Nya on 8 March 2016 at 12:17: Reply

    nice opportunity for us. Thank you

  7. Dr Kenneth Nwoko
    Dr Kenneth Nwoko on 9 March 2016 at 11:31: Reply

    Wonderful and timely, this is highly commendable coming from an African Institution, I will surely respond to it

  8. Dr Ebele Okafor
    Dr Ebele Okafor on 9 March 2016 at 22:44: Reply

    Very nice. Thanks. I have gotten my PhD in IGBO literature at University of Lagos this year. I am also a lecturer in the same University in the department of Linguistics, African & Asian Studies. Am I eligible to apply?

  9. Nkululeko Fuyane
    Nkululeko Fuyane on 10 March 2016 at 09:31: Reply

    This is so exciting, I am halfway into my DCom in Business Management with UNISA and I consider myself a future STIAS Iso Lomso fellow for the 2018 call.

  10. Dr Mrs Benardine ifeoma onah
    Dr Mrs Benardine ifeoma onah on 12 March 2016 at 08:00: Reply

    This is wonderful, am proud and happy to be an African, I hope to benefit

  11. Tewodros Getachew
    Tewodros Getachew on 17 March 2016 at 08:14: Reply

    I’m working at one of the university in Ethiopia as an assistant professor and hold masters degree in public health. I’ve been working for 8 years. Am I eligible to apply for this fellowship program?

  12. Tendai
    Tendai on 23 March 2016 at 12:31: Reply

    Hello. I just completed a 2 year postdoc research at stellenbosch university. I however will be starting another postdoc still at Stellenbosch. Am I eligible to apply or its just for lecturers?

  13. Adnane LATIF
    Adnane LATIF on 28 March 2016 at 01:04: Reply

    I’m doctor Adnane LATIF professor at Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco since september 2007 and i want to submitted a Application Form of the Iso Lomso Call for Applications 2016 but my doctorate was officially granted on December 2005, Am I eligible to apply?

    Thanks in advance for your help

  14. Herbert
    Herbert on 31 March 2016 at 14:19: Reply

    Thank you for availing this wonderful opportunity to many of our brothers and sisters in Africa
    I recently graduated with a PhD and I am currently teaching in the university as well.For some of us who have not yet attained a postdoc qualification, would this study be considered for post doctoral research in the event that we are considered for funding!
    Thank you for your kind response

  15. Minarvino furtado
    Minarvino furtado on 31 March 2016 at 16:34: Reply

    I’m working at in university of Jean Piaget in Cape verdE as an assistant professor. I have a master degree in Finance . I’ve been working for 6 years. Am I eligible to apply for this fellowship program?

  16. freeborn odiboh
    freeborn odiboh on 2 April 2016 at 15:05: Reply

    Dear Dear Pauw,

    May I ask to clarify further on your institute’s fellowships. Do you have fellowships for researchers who probably got their PhDs in 2004 and had postdoctoral fellowship in the past? Is there any of your institute’s programmes that could be useful for such applicants.
    Dr .Freeborn Odiboh

  17. Femi Adebayo, PhD
    Femi Adebayo, PhD on 5 April 2016 at 19:51: Reply

    May the God Almighty continue to bless the brains behind this laudable initiative. I lecture in the Department of English, Redeemer’s University, Nigeria. I am considering an application for the Fellowship. Is that in order?

  18. Femi Adebayo, PhD
    Femi Adebayo, PhD on 6 April 2016 at 09:20: Reply

    A worthy cause!

  19. Martel Juvet Chachou
    Martel Juvet Chachou on 6 April 2016 at 15:45: Reply

    I’m Martel Juvet Chachou, MSc graduate from the University of Stellenbosch (March 2016), South Africa, Happy for the project initiative.

  20. Dr. Patricia A. Taiwo
    Dr. Patricia A. Taiwo on 6 April 2016 at 17:35: Reply

    Its obvious that there is no restriction to any theme or area of focus the research proposal should consider provided falls within the social sciences, humanities and arts. Rights sir/ma?

  21. wunmi
    wunmi on 8 April 2016 at 00:19: Reply

    This call is for people with prior post doctoral fellowships.

  22. cas igbokwe PhD
    cas igbokwe PhD on 8 April 2016 at 21:56: Reply

    For those us coming from the life sciences, will laboratory for experiment be provided for research or it will be done in an affiliate university?. I want to know if the fellowship is similar to what is obtainable at international Centre for Theoritical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, ITALY?

  23. Dr Moussa Traore
    Dr Moussa Traore on 12 April 2016 at 20:07: Reply

    Please I am a lecturer at the English Department of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. I have finished filling the Iso Lomso Fellowship forms and I reached the check list page and I encountered the following questions there. I wonder if I have to supply these materials listed there in the “Check Box” and what they entail.
    Please what am I to supply by the following?
    - pre-proposal?
    -motivation letter
    -letter of support
    -writing example
    I have filled all the other sections and will get references to recommend me.
    Thank you.

  24. Ayinde Opeyemi
    Ayinde Opeyemi on 14 April 2016 at 18:50: Reply

    I banged my doctoral degree at University of Ilorin May 2008 in Agricultural Economics and a senior lecturer at the same university. i did my Postdoc at TUT South Africa 2010 t0 2012. Am eligible? and can the fellowship be for 1 or 2years?

  25. Dr. Felix Longi
    Dr. Felix Longi on 14 April 2016 at 18:54: Reply

    This is a welcome initiative and will certainly contribute building the staff capacities of African Universities while promoting a lively interdisciplinary intellectual discourse across continents. I obtained my doctorate degree in 2013 and currently a senior research fellow in a young university(University for Development Studies, Tamale) in Ghana have worked in the institution for 9 years. For persons who might have joined the academia at a later stage in their lives, am just been curious, is age a criteria or does it matter?

    I am also a 2013/2014 fellow of the SSRC fellowship program and i am also interested applying for the fellowship. Can i apply?

  26. Fabunmi Samuel Kehinde
    Fabunmi Samuel Kehinde on 15 April 2016 at 01:46: Reply

    I am about to complete my doctoral programme and I lecture in Federal College of Education in Nigeria I want ask if I will be eligible for the future call

  27. Shakila Mteti
    Shakila Mteti on 17 April 2016 at 22:22: Reply

    Wonderful. my question is I completed my PhD at the University of Dar es Salaam in 2015 in the area of Historical Archaeology. Now I am working as a lecturer at Mkwawa University College of Education, a constituent college of the University of Dar es salaam. Am I eligible?

  28. Gwoda Adder Abel, PhD
    Gwoda Adder Abel, PhD on 19 April 2016 at 22:03: Reply

    Très belle initiative pour booster la recherche et le partenariat entre les chercheur d’Afrique et du monde

  29. Wisdom Agbevanu
    Wisdom Agbevanu on 21 April 2016 at 14:21: Reply

    Hi Christoff,
    I would grateful if you could specify the required additional documents. Thanks

  30. Dr. Asheri M.Mwidege
    Dr. Asheri M.Mwidege on 25 April 2016 at 08:10: Reply

    Thanks, it is a precious chance!
    I graduated in 2013, PhD in Agricultural economics, am a Senior Lecturer. Kindly, am I eligible to apply this precious opportunity?

  31. Yewande Ntekim-Rex
    Yewande Ntekim-Rex on 28 April 2016 at 11:05: Reply

    I’ve been on the lookout for such an opportunity. I’ve been working in University of Lagos since 2003 as a lecturer but I completed my PhD in 2013.. I’ve been involved in other research projects that ended in publications. However, I don’t have a fellowship yet. Am I eligible?

  32. mary
    mary on 29 April 2016 at 04:16: Reply

    Good and benefiting programme. I am a lecturer in one of the african countries, Ph. D holder for three years now. An Ethnobotanist with some research experiences. Am I eligible? Thank you.

  33. Rev. Canon Dr. Stanley N. Nweze
    Rev. Canon Dr. Stanley N. Nweze on 30 April 2016 at 04:59: Reply

    It is indeed a welcome development. Please keep it up. I will apply and get more people apply from my country.

  34. Hamdeno
    Hamdeno on 5 May 2016 at 12:25: Reply

    I am senior Business Development consultant, in Ethiopia And I will graduate by MBA in August 2016, eligible to apply for this fellowship programme

  35. Kengni Simplice
    Kengni Simplice on 6 May 2016 at 20:53: Reply

    Thanks you to offers us this great opportunity.
    I’m now teacher in secondary school and holder of a Ph.D in french linguistic since 2012. since I spend my time to myself research by publiing articles and books in my domain (linguiguistic and education). more I’m dealing some research with LINOU laboratory basing in Cameroon, directed by M. Dassi.
    so could be eligible for this program?
    Thanks and sincerly

  36. Mbatudde Maria
    Mbatudde Maria on 9 May 2016 at 08:38: Reply

    A good initiative. we will keep in touch.

  37. Dr Tella Adedeji
    Dr Tella Adedeji on 9 May 2016 at 20:02: Reply

    I like to apply for this programme.I am currently working in university of Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria,department of teacher education mathematics science and technology education unit.

  38. Bunmi Ibitoye
    Bunmi Ibitoye on 10 May 2016 at 09:51: Reply

    I have been a researcher in my institution for a decade now. I just defended my PhD at the University of Ghana. It will be back in my country to continue my research. Am I eligible to apply please?

    Thank you

  39. richard
    richard on 11 May 2016 at 05:53: Reply

    If I got it right, this programme or fellowship will sponsor any research project the candidate comes up with and not necessarily that the candidate should come up with an already funded research project. where can I find some of the past researches of past fellows . Thanks

  40. DR KOKO
    DR KOKO on 12 May 2016 at 17:23: Reply

    Thank you for this brilliant initiative.

    I am currently a Lecturer in the clinical specialty in one of the foremost universities in Nigeria. I have postgraduate fellowship which is what qualifies one to be employed into academic position in Nigeria.

    Can I still apply without a PhD?

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