STIAS Individual Fellowship 2026 For Global Scholars

STIAS Individual Fellowship 2026 For Global Scholars; STIAS (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study) offers a unique, independent space designed to advance science and scholarship across all disciplines. With a global reach and African roots, STIAS values original thinking and innovation.

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There are no restrictions on country of origin, discipline, or academic affiliation for fellowship invitations. The program encourages a cross-cultural exchange of ideas and gives preference to projects benefiting from multidisciplinary discourse while contributing unique perspectives.

Application Deadline: 31st October 2024
Location: South Africa
Type: Research Fellowship

Selection Criteria

STIAS fellowships are open to self-proposed projects and those within long-term thematic projects. All fellows must reside at STIAS for their fellowship duration, with their only obligations being participation in daily lunch discussions and weekly seminars where fellows present their work.

The program also includes:

  • Artists-in-residence
  • Short-term fellows from public commentary and opinion-making spheres
  • Young scholars who have completed at least one postdoctoral fellowship

Note: Postdoctoral applications are generally not considered unless they are within a specific agreement with the Volkswagen Foundation.

Fellow Selection Criteria:

  1. Level: Is the research at the highest academic level?
  2. Innovation: Does the project break new ground and promise new insights?
  3. Interdisciplinarity: Does the project draw from various disciplines and facilitate interdisciplinary discourse?
  4. Relevance: Is the project relevant to South Africa and Africa, and suitable for an advanced study institute?
  5. Feasibility: Is the methodology convincing and the research plan realistic? Is the applicant capable of delivering the proposed project?

Number of Awards: Limited
Value of Award: Access to an independent creative space for advancing science and scholarship
Duration: Mid-January to mid-June (first semester), and mid-July to early December (second semester)

How to Apply

Applications for the first semester of 2026 (mid-January to mid-June) should be submitted by 31st October 2024. Selection results will be announced in March 2025.

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Please review all application requirements on the Award Webpage before applying. Good luck!

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FAQ

1. Who can apply for a STIAS fellowship?

  • Anyone from any country, discipline, or academic affiliation. There are no restrictions.

2. What types of projects are given preference?

  • Projects that benefit from and contribute to a multidisciplinary discourse.

3. Are there opportunities for artists and public commentators?

  • Yes, STIAS includes artists-in-residence and short-term fellows from public commentary and opinion-making spheres.

4. Can postdoctoral fellows apply?

  • Yes, young scholars who have completed at least one postdoctoral fellowship can apply. STIAS generally does not consider postdoctoral applications unless within a specific agreement with the Volkswagen Foundation.

5. What are the main obligations of STIAS fellows?

  • Fellows must reside at STIAS, participate in daily lunch discussions, and present their work at weekly seminars.

6. When are the application deadlines and results announced?

  • Applications for the first semester of 2026 are due by 31st October 2024, with results announced in March 2025.

7. How long are the fellowship terms?

  • Terms run from mid-January to mid-June (first semester) and from mid-July to early December (second semester).

8. How do I apply?

  • Apply through the provided link and ensure you review all application requirements on the Award Webpage before applying.

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STIAS Individual Fellowship 2026 For Global Scholars