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.
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
- Benedict 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:
- Eligibility check: out of 254 applications received, 248 were complete and eligible.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
For enquiries please contact:
Dr. Christoff Pauw
STIAS Programme Manager
Tel. +27 21 808 9331 (w)