2017 Abel Visiting Scholarship for Mathematics Post-Doctoral Applicants from Developing Countries


The Niels Henrik Abel Board and the International Mathematical Union is inviting applications from mathematicians based in developing countries. Scholarship is available to visit an international research collaborator for a period of one month. Applications from women mathematicians are strongly encouraged.

The program is designed for post doctoral mathematicians in the early stages of their professional careers. It is designed to offer the opportunity for a ‘research sabbatical,’ a necessary complement to teaching and other academic duties for mathematicians desiring to also sustain a viable research program.

Since the early 1970s, the International Mathematical Union (IMU) has maintained a program of cooperation with and in support of mathematical institutions and individual mathematicians in the developing world. Support activities include research travel and conference grants, as well as volunteer lectures, joint research projects and donations. In the past years, these activities were managed by the IMU’s Commission for Development and Exchanges (CDE) and the Developing Countries Strategy Group (DCSG).

Course Level: Scholarship is available for pursuing one month postdoctoral research progarmme.

Study Subject: Scholarship is awarded in the field of Mathematics.

Scholarship Award: The grant can cover for one month and only for the applicant:
-travel cost to the host institution (economy flight or equivalent)
-food expenses
-accommodation expenses
-travel health insurance,
-visa cost
-local public transport up to USD 100 (for one month)
-The total maximum amount is USD 5,000 per grantee.
-Family expenses and any other cost cannot be covered.

Scholarship can be taken at: Developing Countries

Eligibility: Applicants must
-hold at the time of application a PhD in Mathematics,
-be based in a developing country at the time of application
-hold a position in a university/ research institution
-be in the early stages of their professional careers, more precisely: the applicants should
-not yet be of full professorial rank but have a working contract in a university/ college
-be under 40 years of age at the day of the application deadline.
-Therefore for the application deadline of April 30, 2015, applicants should be born ON or AFTER April 30, 1975.
-The maximum age may be increased by up to three years in the case of an individual with a broken career pattern (applicants who wish to apply for the August 31, 2015 deadline should be born on or after August, 31, 1972). This should be noted in the application together with the reason for the broken career pattern.
-Applications from women mathematicians are strongly encouraged.

Nationality: Citizens of a developing country (Afghanistan, Gambia, Mozambique, Bangladesh, The Guinea, Myanmar, Benin, Guinea-Bissau, Nepal, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Niger, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Cambodia, Korea, Dem Rep., Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Kyrgyz Republic, Somalia, Liberia, Tajikistan, Comoros, Madagascar, Tanzania, Malawi, Togo, Congo, Dem. Rep, Eritrea, Mali, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Zimbabwe, Albania, Indonesia, Samoa, Armenia, India, São Tomé and Principe, Belize, Iraq, Senegal, Bhutan, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Bolivia, Kosovo, South Sudan, Cameroon, Lao PDR, Sri Lanka, Cape Verde, Lesotho, Sudan, Congo, Rep., Marshall Islands, Swaziland, Côte d’Ivoire, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Syrian Arab Republic, Djibouti, Moldova, Timor-Leste, Egypt, Arab Rep., Mongolia, Tonga, El Salvador, Morocco, Ukraine, Fiji, Nicaragua, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Nigeria, Vanuatu, Ghana, Pakistan, Vietnam, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, West Bank and Gaza, Guyana, Paraguay, Yemen, Rep., Honduras, Philippines, Zambia, Angola, Ecuador, Palau, Algeria, Gabon, Panama, American Samoa, Grenada, Peru, Antigua and Barbuda, Iran, Islamic Rep., Romania, Argentina, Jamaica, Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Serbia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Seychelles, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Latvia, South Africa, Botswana, Lebanon, St. Lucia, Brazil, Libya, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Suriname, Chile, Macedonia, FYR, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Tunisia, Colombia, Maldives, Turkey, Costa Rica, Mauritius, Turkmenistan, Cuba, Mexico, Tuvalu, Dominica, Montenegro and Uruguay) can apply for this scholarship.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: In order to be eligible applicants must hold at the time of application a PhD in Mathematics and be based in a developing country.

Supporting Material: Each application must include:
-A curriculum vitae including a list of recent publications
-A research plan for the visit
-An official invitation from the institution of the international research partner
-One letter of recommendation If the letter of recommendation is not written by the international research partner (the host), the application should include a statement from the host approving the research plan.
-A copy of the PhD certificate
-A statement about the current employment status/ position in the home institution signed and stamped by their employer. The statement should include the duration of their employment
-budget estimation (see Financial Support)
-In case they are planning to stay for more than one month they must attached a proof of the matching funds for their living costs from the host institution.

How to Apply: Applications should be sent via e-mail. Application form should be cc to “icmi.cdc.administrator(at)mathunion.org”.

Application Form

Application Deadline: The deadlines are:
-January 8, 2016 for research visits between April 1 and August 31, 2016
-April 30, 2016 for research visits between September 1 and December 31, 2016
-August 31, 2016 for research visits between January 1 and April 30, 2017.

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