Due Date: October 15, 2019

Applications are open for the STIAS Iso Lomso Fellowships 2019 for Early Profession African Scientist The Iso Lomso fellowships supply an extraordinary early profession chance for Africa’s brightest minds in academic community. Iso Lomso suggests ‘the eye of tomorrow’ in isiXhosa: seeing towards the future, laying the structures for tomorrow.

Iso Lomso fellowships supply a three-year accessory to STIAS to allow fellows to establish and perform a long-lasting research study program of their choice. The goal is to assist in and support them towards ending up being recognized scholars in their fields.

Iso Lomso intends to attend to the space that exists in between conclusion of the Ph.D. and ending up being a recognized scholar in Africa. While there is increasing assistance for doctoral research study and for post-doctoral fellowships, it is throughout the extended post-doctoral duration that the best loss of skill happens. Iso Lomso takes its hint from the values and goals of STIAS. It does not provide an alternative program to the routine fellows’ program, however matches and develops on the tested and effective design of the Institute. It targets at boosting the existing cross-fertilization of minds by widening its scope through the addition of a more youthful generation.


Iso Lomso Fellows delight in:

  • A three-year accessory to STIAS throughout which time they might invest an overall of 10 months in home at STIAS to establish and pursue a long-lasting research study program;-LRB- ***************).
  • The possibility of a residency at a sis institute for sophisticated research study in The United States and Canada, Europe or in other places;-LRB- ***************).
  • Financing to participate in as much as 2 worldwide conferences or training workshops throughout the world;-LRB- ***************).
  • Possible assistance to assemble a workshop with partners at STIAS;-LRB- ***************).
  • Speaker replacement aid for the fellow’s house organization throughout residency durations.


To be qualified candidates should:

  • Be a nationwide of any African nation;-LRB- ***************).
  • Be born after the January 1, 1978;-LRB- ***************).
  • Have an association at a research study or college organization in an African nation, and continue to do so for the foreseeable future;-LRB- ***************).
  • Have actually acquired a postgraduate degree from any identified college organization (around the world) after January 1, 2013;-LRB- ***************).
  • Have actually finished a post-doctoral fellowship or comparable post-PhD research study program;-LRB- ***************).
  • Remain in a position to begin a very first duration of residency at STIAS throughout the 2nd half of 2020 or the very first half of 2021.

Choice Requirements

All disciplines will be thought about. Candidates from non-Anglophone African nations might perform their research study in the language of choice; nevertheless, the application files should be finished in English.

Applications will be examined and picked on the basis of the following requirements:

  • Level: the candidate’s scholastic quality and the creativity and academic strength of the proposed research study job;-LRB- ***************).

  • Development: the job’s guarantee of brand-new insights and the prospective to produce brand-new understanding;-LRB- ***************).

  • Interdisciplinarity: whether the job approach permits drawing from various disciplines and its prospective to assist in an interdisciplinary discourse;-LRB- ***************).

  • Significance: the job’s importance for scholarship and understanding production in Africa;-LRB- ***************).

  • Expediency: whether the research study style and the research study strategy are persuading and practical.

Throughout last choice, extra factor to consider will be provided to:

  • Gender representation;-LRB- ***************).
  • Variety of citizenships;-LRB- ***************).
  • Variety of disciplines;-LRB- ***************).
  • Involvement in previous or existing research study jobs;-LRB- ***************).
  • Previous worldwide experience.


The finished application (download here in MS Word format or Open File format) need to be signed, dated and sent together with the following files, all in PDF format:

  • An inspirational cover letter of not more than one page in length.The letter need to consist of a description of the candidate’s scholastic profession, detailing the concepts and experiences that have actually formed and encouraged his/her intellectual work.
  • A pre-proposal for a three-year research study job. This is a brief essay of 2 to 3 pages which supplies (i) a summary of the candidate’s existing research/work, (ii) the primary thesis of the proposed research study job, consisting of the issue declaration and goal of the job, (iii) a summary of existing literature and other sources for the job, (iv) the job’s theoretical background and methodological technique, (v) the significance/relevance of the job for African scholarship, and (vi) a provisionary time structure with proposed durations of residency at STIAS, extra activities, and research study outputs.
  • A couple of current composing examples authored by the candidate (posts or book areas) associated to the proposed job.
  • A copy of the candidate’s doctoral certificate.
  • A letter of assistance from the candidate’s house organization (either from the head of department, dean of professors, principal of college, or comparable).
  • 2 recommendation letters from scholars who recognize with the candidate’s work, ideally one from the candidate’s existing house organization and one from another organization. The letter must be printed on a main institutional letterhead and must consist of the name of the recommender, the scholastic position of the recommender, a sign of for how long and in what capability the recommender has actually understood the candidate, and an assessment of the benefit of the candidate’s proposed job and capability to finish the proposed work throughout 3 years. The recommendation letters will be personal and need to be sent out by the recommender straight to [email protected]

Applications might be sent digitally by means of e-mail to [email protected] by the end of Tuesday, 15 October 2019 (Main African Time). For entries by postal service, carrier or facsimile, please call the Iso Lomso Planner ahead of time by e-mail or telephone to verify shipment plans.

For more details, see Iso Lomso Fellowships

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