The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in Stellenbosch, South Africa, 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.
STIAS is currently accepting applications via email for one- and two-semester residencies in 2020 (January to June or July to December). 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. The only other obligations are to share in the discussion over lunch which is served daily at the STIAS Wallenberg Research Centre, and to participate in the Thursday STIAS fellows’ seminar where fellows in turn present their work to other fellows and invited academics from the local community.
Application requirements are described here; Christopher Tassava in Corporate & Foundation Relations can assist with applications (and Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg in Sociology & Anthropology can offer guidance as a STIAS fellow).