Faculty from the Department of International Relations named as one of the fellows of the prestigious Iso-Lomso fellowship

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By Dr. Njoki Wamai

Dr. Njoki Wamai, a faculty member of the Department of International Relations at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences has been selected to join the prestigious Iso-Lomso Fellowship by the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) at the University of Stellenbosch. Iso-Lomso means ‘the eye of tomorrow’ in isiXhosa, which means seeing towards the future, laying the foundations for tomorrow.

The program targets African scholars who have obtained a doctoral degree within the preceding seven years and who hold an academic position at a university or research institution anywhere in Africa. The program selects candidates with an established research and academic career. It considers those who have completed a post-doctoral fellowship or equivalent post-PhD program from any disciplines.

Dr. Wamai was among the seven candidates awarded a three-year non-residential fellowship from 68 applicants. She is one of two Kenyans selected for her work on the Politics of the International Criminal Court in Kenya. Other selected African fellows for the 2021 cohort are from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Ghana from different disciplines. Dr. Wamai appreciates the support provided by her Dean, Prof. Martin Njoroge and fellow International Relations faculty member Dr. Fatma Ali who recommended her for this fellowship with other scholars.

The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) was established in 1999 to provide a creative space for the mind and it invests in leading thinkers and scholars who work across disciplinary borders to tackle issues ranging from health equity to complexity theory, the effects of race to quantum information. Modelled on similar institutes internationally, STIAS is the first of its kind in Africa. STIAS provides a uniquely supportive space for thinking, reading, debating and writing.

Dr Wamai who is on semester break has started her three-month residency at STIAS this Fall and looks forward to publish her book manuscript on the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Kenya.

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