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Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) 2024 Research Fellowship for Global Scholars
Date Posted: June 6, 2024, 3:49 pm

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 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.

Application Deadline October 31, 2024
Country to study South Africa
School to study Stellenbosch University
Type Research Grant
Sponsor Stellenbosch University
Gender Men and Women


Selection Process

The STIAS programme comprises projects which are entirely self-generated and proposed by applicants, as well as projects and programmes initiated and led by STIAS, typically with select partner organisations (see Initiatives). STIAS Fellows are expected to be resident at STIAS for the duration of a fellowship, with no academic obligations other than pursuing the proposed research project. Obligations while in residence include participating in the Tuesday and Thursday STIAS Fellows’ seminar where Fellows in turn present their work to other Fellows and invited academics from the local community and to have lunch at the STIAS Wallenberg Research Centre from Monday to Friday.

To facilitate the heterogeneity STIAS strives for, its programme specifically includes artists-in-residence and short-term Fellows drawn from the sphere of public commentary and opinion making.  Applications in these categories will be considered on their own merit, rather than strictly following the research oriented criteria posted below. A limited number of  applications from young scholars who have completed at least one postdoctoral fellowship (preferably more than one) will also be considered annually. Apart from candidates who apply within the framework of an agreement with the Volkswagen Foundation (see below), STIAS does not consider postdoctoral applications.

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.

STIAS Fellows are selected on the basis of academic excellence and the originality of their proposed research project. The following criteria serve as important guidelines:


  • Does the proposal entail research at the highest level?
  • Innovation: Does the project break new ground? Does it hold the promise of new insights and the potential to produce new knowledge?
  • Interdisciplinarity: To what extent does the project draw on and contribute to different disciplines? Will the project facilitate an interdisciplinary, cross-pollinating engagements during the residency?
  • Relevance: Is the project appropriate for a programme of an institute for advanced study? Does the project have relevance for South Africa and Africa?
  • Feasibility: How convincing is the proposed methodology and research design, and how realistic is the research plan? Is the applicant equipped to deliver on the proposed project?

Application Deadline

October 31, 2024

How to Apply

Along with a covering letter, applications should include:

  1. A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae.
  2. A list of publications (may be included in the CV).
  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 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 and motivation to choose STIAS.

Submit via EMAIL (preferred): Documentation should be submitted in PDF format.

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

For more details, visit STIAS website