Iso Lomso Fellowships for Early Career African Researchers

Call for Applications 2019 now open

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. The third call for applications is now open.

Iso Lomso Fellows 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 two international conferences or training workshops anywhere in the world;
  • possible 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.

The current Call for Applications closes on Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Download the applications documents of the 2019 call here:

  1. Download the Iso Lomso Call for Applications 2019 (PDF)
  2. Download the Iso Lomso Application Form 2019 (MS Word format) or the Iso Lomso Application Form 2019 (Open Document format)

For updates please subscribe to the Iso Lomso mailing list or contact:

Ms Noloyiso Mtembu
Iso Lomso Coordinator
Tel. +27 21 808 2584 (Tuesdays to Thursdays only)

Iso Lomso project updates

Third cohort of fellows

STIAS has announced the names of the third cohort of Iso Lomso fellows. Given the three year cycle of these fellowships this means the programme is now at full capacity of three overlapping cohorts – currently a total of 19 researchers and scholars from all over the continent. The third cohort of Iso Lomso fellows with their respective project titles are:

  • Tatenda Dalu (Male, Zimbabwean), PhD from Rhodes University in 2015, currently based at the Department of Ecology and Resource Management, University of Venda in South Africa. Assessing contribution and link between terrestrial and aquatic environment in estuarine environments
  • Christine Hobden (Female, South African), PhD from University of Oxford in 2015, currently based at the Department of Philosophy, University of Fort Hare in South Africa. Citizenship, International Justice, and the View from the South
  • Nkatha Kabira (Female, Kenyan), PhD from Harvard Law School in 2015, currently based at the Department of Private Law, University of Nairobi in Kenya. The Law of Commissions: a comparative study of the place of commissions in law and governance in Africa
  • Elifuraha Laltaika (Male, Tanzanian), PhD from University of Arizona in 2016, currently based at the Faculty of Law, Tumaini University in Tanzania. Spotlighting social inclusion: protection of Africa’s hunter gatherers’ communal land rights in the context of sustainable development goals (SDGs) implementation
  • James Ocita (Male, Ugandan), PhD from Stellenbosch University in 2013, currently based at the Department of Literature, Makerere University in Uganda. Mobility, Subjectivity and the Poetics of Space-making in the Western Indian Ocean Novels
  • Ifeyinwa Okolo (Female, Nigerian), PhD from University of Ibadan in 2012, currently based at the Department of English and Literary Studies, Federal University Lokoja in Nigeria. Sexualities and (Dis)Abilities: (Re)Valuing Being Sexual Humans through Body Narratives
  • Eric Otchere (Male, Ghanaian), PhD from University of Cape Coast in 2013, currently based at the Department of Music and Dance, University of Cape Coast in Ghana. Pacing within sonic spaces: a psychology of music and work

Second cohort of fellows

The second cohort of seven fellows was announced in April 2018. They are:

  • Izuchukwu Nwankwo (Male, Nigeria), based at the Department of Theatre Arts, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University
  • Fara Raharimalala (Female, Madagascar), based at the Medical Entomology Unit, Institut Pasteur de Madagascar
  • Debra Shepherd (Female, South Africa), based at the Department of Economics, Stellenbosch University
  • Mazin Sirry (Male, Sudan), PhD from the University of Cape Town, based at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Medical Sciences and Technology Khartoum, project title: Predictive Computational Modelling of Intramyocardial Biomaterial Therapies towards Personalised Care for Myocardial Infarction
  • Elieth Eyebiyi (Male, Benin), based at LASDEL Benin (Laboratoire d’Etudes et de Recherche sur les Dynamiques Sociales et le Développement Local)
  • Claudia Gastrow (Female, South Africa), based at the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, University of Johannesburg
  • Gibson Ncube (Male, Zimbabwe), based at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, University of Zimbabwe

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:

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81 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?

  41. Tume Fondzeyuf Keneth
    Tume Fondzeyuf Keneth on 3 December 2016 at 14:31: Reply

    It was a great initiative to open such a forum to research fellows. I wish to congratulate:
    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

    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.

    My humble opinion is that this network could be extended even out of this circle.

    My area of Interest is Participatory Research for Communication and Social Change (an all-inclusive and interdisciplinary approach to education using theatre film and other aspects of performance), Oral Popular Culture and Performance, Cultural Studies Perspectives, Media and Cultural Studies.
    Could love to interact with others and get more calls as well as remain in the ISO LOMSO mailing list.

  42. Dr Messay Mulugeta
    Dr Messay Mulugeta on 6 September 2017 at 12:56: Reply


  43. Dr. Osuala, Uzoma Samuel
    Dr. Osuala, Uzoma Samuel on 6 September 2017 at 16:53: Reply

    I commend the initiators. This will certainly encourage scholarship without discrimination in respect to discipline. All disciplines are encouraged to apply. Kudos!!!

  44. valéry
    valéry on 6 September 2017 at 17:06: Reply

    i am ivorian, a country where the firs language wich is spoeach is french. i would like to have information on Iso Lomso Fellowships in french too.

  45. Dr. Abiodun Moses JINADU
    Dr. Abiodun Moses JINADU on 9 September 2017 at 12:54: Reply

    I love this initiative of yours. I got my PhD last year November, 2016. I wish to benefit from this fellowship.

  46. Ethel Phiri
    Ethel Phiri on 11 September 2017 at 17:17: Reply

    Good day,
    I’m a postdoc at Stellenbosch University, in my 4th year. Am I eligible to apply? I am hoping to continue in academia within South Africa (and the rest of Africa) as soon as I obtain employment.

    Kind regards,

  47. Engr.Eya,Candidus
    Engr.Eya,Candidus on 21 September 2017 at 19:58: Reply

    I completed my Ph.D program in June ,2017, in Power electronics and Renewable Energy in University of Nigeria, Nsukka, I wish to know if I am eligible to apply for the exercise. And equally, I am a Lecturer in the institution

    AKINWALE MUKAILA on 2 October 2017 at 14:49: Reply

    Great innovation. I obtained postgraduate Fellowship in Anaesthesia in 2010. My area of interest is Pain (both acute or chronic) and Palliative care. Currently working on chronic cancer pain management. Is there any opportunity for researchers in the field of pain management and age 50 years or above.
    Thank you.

  49. Fara Raharimalala
    Fara Raharimalala on 8 November 2017 at 15:59: Reply

    I am Malagasy and I am living in Madagascar and I work at Institut Pasteur de Madagascar. I have hold two years postdoctoral research after my PhD. Am I eligible to apply? Thank you.

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