Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study STIAS Research Fellowship 2022

The application for Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study STIAS Research Fellowship 2022 is ongoing!

About the STIAS Research Fellowship

STIAS provides and maintains an independent ‘creative space for the mind’ to advance the cause of science and scholarship across all disciplines. It is global in its reach and local in its African roots, and values original thinking and innovation in this context.

No restriction is placed on the country of origin, discipline, or academic affiliation when STIAS considers a fellowship invitation.

It encourages the cross-pollination of ideas across cultures, academic or otherwise, and hence gives preference to projects that will tap into, and benefit from, a multi-disciplinary discourse while also contributing unique perspectives to such a discourse.

This interaction is fostered by inviting individual fellows or project teams where each team member is evaluated individually.

Selection Criteria

Selection is carried out on an individual basis.

The STIAS Fellowship and Research Programme Committee meet regularly for a preliminary selection of candidates against the criteria listed above.

Final selection is concluded during a biannual meeting of the committee where the overall composition of a semester programme is also taken into consideration. The Director is further advised by the STIAS Academic Advisory Board.

The STIAS terms run from mid-January to mid-June (first semester), and from mid-July to early December (second semester). During recess periods STIAS cannot offer standard fellowship support, although it may be possible to make ad hoc accommodation arrangements.

Applications and suggestions for fellowships of one academic semester, (approximately mid-January to mid-June; or mid-July to mid-December) may be submitted in writing or via e-mail at any time in advance of announced deadlines. Selection is generally concluded 12 months in advance of the proposed period of residence. 

In well-motivated cases STIAS will, at the Director’s discretion, consider applications for either a shorter period of residency (with a minimum of six weeks) or a period longer than one semester (with a maximum of two full semesters).

STIAS accepts and welcomes proposals for team
: for more information please visit the Team Fellowships page.

As part of an early-to-mid-career advancement programme STIAS has launched the Iso Lomso Fellowship for African Scholars. In addition, STIAS annually considers a limited number of fellowship applications from young scholars (any nationality, typically in their mid-thirties) which are evaluated within this context and against the standard criteria listed above, academic excellence and originality in particular.

Applicants in this category are expected to have completed a PhD (or equivalent degree) and at least one postdoctoral fellowship (preferably more than one) at recognized academic institutions.

Post-doctoral fellows in the Volkswagen Foundation’s ’Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa’ funding initiative are also encouraged to apply for a STIAS postdoctoral fellowship module (more information about this module can be found in the relevant information sheet).

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Along with a covering letter, applications should include:

  1. A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (or CVs in the case of a team project).
  2. A list of publications.
  3. One or two recent articles typical of the applicant’s research work, or related to the proposed project.
  4. A project title and description (2-4 pages) of the planned work and expected outcomes.
  5. A brief summary/ introductory text (maximum 200 words) of the proposed project is accessible to readers from outside the candidate’s specific discipline. This will be posted on the STIAS website (see project summaries for examples).
  6. A clear indication of the length of fellowship being applied for, together with preferred and alternative dates of residence at STIAS.
  7. A brief indication of how the applicant became aware of the STIAS programme.

How to apply for STIAS Research Fellowship

EMAIL (preferred):
[email protected]
Documentation should be submitted in PDF format.

Ms Gudrun Schirge, STIAS Senior Programme Administrator
Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602, South Africa

Application Deadlines

STIAS welcomes fellowship applications on a semester deadline basis.

Applications for the second term of 2023 may be submitted before 31 May 2022. The results of the cohort selection will be available in September 2022.

Applications for the first term of 2024 may be submitted before 30 November 2022 with the results of the cohort selection available in March  2023.

As indicated above, STIAS fellows who have been in residence previously are welcome to submit new applications, bearing in mind that during a five-year cycle preference is given to first-time applicants.







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