The 2017 Call for Applications is now closed
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 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 post-doctoral fellowship or equivalent post-PhD programme. All disciplines are considered.
Read the press release here.
Applications closed on Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Download the applications documents of the 2017 call below:
For updates please subscribe to the Iso Lomso mailing list or contact:
Dr. Christoff Pauw
STIAS Programme Manager
Tel. +27 21 808 9331 (w)
News about our first cohort of Iso Lomso fellows
The selection of the 2016 call for applications was completed during October 2016. The STIAS Research & Fellowship Programme Committee selected five candidates for Iso Lomso Fellowships. In addition, six further candidates were selected to undertake a residency at STIAS during 2017 and 2018 in order to initiate their proposed research projects. Read the press release. The first cohort has commenced their first year of STIAS residencies (follow the links below for more information on their work).
The five selected candidates are:
- John Ganle (male, Ghanaian), based at the University of Ghana – seminar presentation
- Malebogo Ngoepe (female, South African), based at the University of Cape Town – seminar presentation
- Uchenna Okeja (male, Nigerian), based at Rhodes University – seminar presentation
- Tolu Oni (female, Nigerian), based at the University of Cape Town – public lecture
- Aretha Phiri (female, Zimbabwean), based at Rhodes University – seminar presentation
The six additional candidates invited to undertake preparatory residencies are:
- Patrick Cobbinah (male, Ghanaian), based at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
- Eunice Githae (female, Kenyan), based at Chuka University
- Beira Hailu Meressa (male, Ethiopian), based at Jimma University
- Victor Tchieda (male, Cameroonian), based at the University of Yaoundé I
- Virginia Gichuru (female, Kenyan), based at Strathmore University
- Osbourne Quaye, (male, Ghanaian), based at the University of Ghana
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 six candidates have been invited to undertake a preparatory residency.
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.