Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) - The Iso Lomso Fellowship Residency Program Movemeback African initiative cover image


Iso Lomso fellowships provide a three-year attachment to STIAS to enable fellows to develop and conduct a long-term research project of their preference. The aim is to facilitate and support them towards becoming established scholars in their fields. The main means of support is STIAS residencies. Residential periods will be agreed mutually between the fellow, his or her home institution and STIAS, and may vary between six weeks and five months per residency. A first period of residency will typically be of longer duration to be taken up during 2022, followed by two further residencies through 2024.


To be eligible for the 2020 call, applicants must:

  • Be a national of any African country
  • Be 40 years of age or less
  • Have an affiliation at a research or higher education institution in an African country, and continue to do so for the foreseeable future
  • Have obtained a doctoral degree from any recognised higher education institution (worldwide) after the 1st of January 2014
  • Have completed a post-doctoral fellowship or equivalent post-PhD research programme
  • Be in a position to commence a first period of residency at STIAS during 2022

Applications will be evaluated and selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Level: the applicant’s academic excellence and the originality and scholarly strength of the proposed research project
  • Innovation: the project’s promise of new insights and the potential to produce new knowledge
  • Interdisciplinarity: whether the project methodology allows for drawing from different disciplines and its potential to facilitate an interdisciplinary discourse
  • Relevance: the project’s relevance for scholarship and knowledge production in Africa
  • Feasibility: whether the research design and the research plan are convincing and realistic

During final selection, additional consideration will be given to:

  • Gender representation
  • Diversity of nationalities
  • Diversity of disciplines
  • Participation in previous or current research projects
  • Previous international experience


While in residence fellows receive regular STIAS fellow support which includes:

  • An economy return flight
  • Comfortable accommodation within walking distance from the institute
  • Individual offices equipped with a PC, telephone and printer
  • A monthly stipend for daily living costs
  • Access to the Stellenbosch University library (including electronic resources) and a high-speed internet connection
  • Participation in the regular STIAS fellows programme, including daily lunch, weekly fellows’ seminars, STIAS public lectures and social events
  • A child care subsidy for fellows accompanied by young children while in residence

Iso Lomso Fellowship Residency Program 2021 Benefits

  • Residence at STIAS
  • A three-year attachment to STIAS during which time you may spend a total of 10 months in residence at STIAS to develop and pursue a long-term research programme
  • Links to sister institutions
  • The possibility of a residency at a sister institute for advanced study in North America, Europe or elsewhere
  • International conferences
  • Funding to attend up to two international conferences or training workshops anywhere in the world
  • Your own workshop
  • Support to convene a workshop with collaborators at STIAS or at their home institution
  • Support for your institution
  • Lecturer replacement subsidy for the fellow’s home institution during residency periods

About Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS)

STIAS was established in 1999 to provide a ‘creative space for the mind’, a fellowship programme that would advance cross-disciplinary research at the highest level. Modelled on similar institutes internationally, STIAS is the first of its kind in Africa. Here, leading researchers and intellectuals from across the world are supported to think innovatively and pursue sustainable strategies to the challenges facing the world, with a focus on Africa. Offering various fellowships and scholarships, STIAS provides a uniquely supportive space for thinking, reading, debating and writing. While in residence, established and early-career researchers and artists meet daily over lunch, present and participate in weekly seminars, and organise conferences for a wider audience. In creating and curating this space, STIAS provides ideal conditions for innovative and original thinking to thrive.