Iso Lomso aims to bridge the gap between completing a Ph.D. and becoming an established scholar in Africa. While there is growing support for doctoral studies and post-doctoral fellowships, the greatest loss of talent occurs during the extended post-doctoral period.
Fellows are expected to stay at STIAS for the term of their residence, with no academic requirements other than conducting the planned research project. The only other responsibilities are to participate in the daily lunch discussion and the Thursday STIAS fellows’ seminar, where fellows present their work to other fellows and invited academics from the local community.
Application deadline: February 15, 2022
STIAS residences are the primary source of support. Residential periods shall be jointly agreed upon by the fellow, his or her home institution, and STIAS, and may range from six weeks to five months per residency. A longer period of residency will normally be taken up in 2022, followed by two additional residencies through 2024. Fellows get regular STIAS fellow support while in residence, which includes:
During residency periods, Iso Lomso fellows’ home institutions will be eligible to apply for a lecturer replacement subsidy. After the fellowships are awarded, this will be handled on a case-by-case basis with the home institution. It will be the obligation of both the fellow and the home institution to find alternative lecturers.
Iso Lomso fellows will maintain their usual academic activities at their home university while not in residence at STIAS. Fellows may apply for a variety of research sponsorship programs throughout these times. These factors will be taken into account in a flexible manner to ensure that they fit ideally into the study program.
Applicants are advised to think about which of these areas they want to include in the pre-proposal timetable. During their initial residency, Iso Lomso fellows will plan and finalize these elements.
The program is designed for African researchers who have earned a doctorate within the last seven years and are employed at a university or research organization in Africa.
Candidates must have a research program in place and have completed a postdoctoral fellowship or similar post-PhD program. All disciplines are taken into account.
To be eligible applicants must:
For complete details on how to apply, applicants may check the official STIAS website.
Applications will be evaluated and selected on the basis of the following criteria:
During final selection, additional consideration will be given to:
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