Iso Lomso Fellowship call now open – apply by 15 October 2019

23 August 2019

Early career African researchers who have completed their doctoral studies during the preceding seven years are invited to apply for the Iso Lomso fellowship. For the 2019 call up to seven candidates will be awarded a three-year fellowship.

Iso Lomso, meaning “the Eye of Tomorrow” in isiXhosa, was launched in 2016 and aims to boost the careers of some of the brightest young minds in African academia.

Fellows will spend various periods of residency at the STIAS Wallenberg Research Centre in Stellenbosch to pursue their research projects. They will also receive support to attend international conferences, convene workshops, and visit sister institutes for advanced study elsewhere in the world.

The first three cohorts of Iso Lomso fellows commenced their fellowships during 2017, 2018, and 2019 respectively. An update on their projects are available on the Iso Lomso application page.

Fellows2018-IsoLomsoSeveral Iso Lomso fellows with STIAS fellows at the Wallenberg Research Centre in Stellenbosch, from left Izuu Nwankwo, Debra Shepherd, Brian Chikwava, Deborah James, Elifuraha Laltaika, Virginia Gichuru, Osbourne Quaye, Mazin Sirry and Berhanu Abegaz

Iso Lomso recognises that for many younger academics in Africa the pressures of teaching, administration and contract work mean they receive little support and incentive to develop their research strengths, as was recently highlighted in the GloSYS Africa survey. Iso Lomso addresses this by providing sustained research support for the duration of the three year fellowship.It fills the gap that exists between completion of a Ph.D. and becoming an established scholar. While in residence, Iso Lomso fellows will find themselves in the company of leading scholars from around the world and from different disciplines. Informal research guidance from other fellows will form an integral part of life at STIAS.

A unique element of Iso Lomso fellowships is that STIAS will offer lecturer replacement support to the home institutions of fellows during times of residency at STIAS. It also provides for a child care subsidy in the case of  fellows who are accompanied by young children during periods of residence at STIAS.

The call for applications is now open and can be found at

Applications for the current call close on 15 October 2019. For enquiries, contact the Iso Lomso Coordinator, Ms Noloyiso Mtembu at [email protected]

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