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Sacked Mak Don Wins Prestigious Fellowship in South Africa :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Sacked Mak Don Wins Prestigious Fellowship in South Africa

Ocita’s selection comes barely three months after his dismissal from Makerere University for alleged willful insubordination and refusal to take lawful orders from the Vice Chancellor. He was also accused of using slanderous, abusive or insulting language or behavior against Prof. Mahmoud Mamdani, the director of Makerere Institute of Social Research –MISR.
13 Mar 2019 08:23
Dr. James Ocita among the 2019 Iso Lomso cohort of fellows Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study- STIAS in South Africa. See Collage

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Literature scholar Dr James Ocita has been selected for a prestigious three-year fellowship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study- STIAS in South Africa.   

Ocita’s selection comes barely three months after his dismissal from Makerere University for alleged willful insubordination and refusal to take lawful orders from the Vice Chancellor. He was also accused of using slanderous, abusive or insulting language or behavior against Prof. Mahmoud Mamdani, the director of Makerere Institute of Social Research –MISR. 

He is now among the seven candidates that were offered the Iso Lomso Fellowship running from 2019 – 2022.  Iso Lomso fellowships provide an exceptional early career opportunity for Africa’s brightest minds in academia.

“Iso Lomso” is an isiXhosa expression that translates as “The Eye of Tomorrow.” The Iso Lomso Fellowship is one of the few postdoctoral programmes that is open to all disciplines for early career scholars with prior postdoctoral experiences.   

For this 2018 competition, seven of fellows were awarded the fellowship from a shortlist of 23 outstanding applications out of the original 99 submissions.

He enters the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study under the third cohort of Iso Lomso fellows together with Dr Dalu Tatenda from University of Venda in South Africa, Dr Christine Hobden, from University of Fort Hare in South Africa and Dr Nkatha Kabira from University of Nairobi in Kenya.    Others are Dr Elifuraha Laltaika from Tumaini University in Tanzania, Dr Ifeyinwa Okolo from Federal University Lokoja in Nigeria and Dr Eric Otchere from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.   

Iso Lomso fellows enjoy a three-year attachment to the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study- STIAS during which time they may spend a total of ten months in residence to develop and pursue a long-term research programme. 

There is also a possibility of a residency at a sister institute for advanced study in North America, Europe or elsewhere, funding to attend up to three international conferences or training workshops anywhere in the world, and support to convene a workshop with collaborators at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study- STIAS as well as lecturer replacement subsidy for the fellow’s home institution during residency periods.