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IMU-Simons African Fellowship Program (Fully-funded) 2023


The IMU-Simons African Fellowship Program supports research sabbaticals for mathematicians from AFRICAN developing countries employed in AFRICA to travel to an Internationally known mathematical centre of excellence/university (WORLDWIDE) for collaborative research.

The program is not for postgraduate courses or post-doctoral training but for a LIMITED RESEARCH PERIOD. The grant covers TRAVEL and LIVING COSTS of African mathematicians working in Africa (Specifically coming from a developing country, the definition of which is determined by the IMU for all its schemes) during the sabbatical.


The grant under this scheme will cover the following:

  1. Travel costs from the place of work of the applicant to that of the host to the extent of economy class airfare (Public) transport (surface transport by rail or bus between the nearest city where the airport is located and the headquarters of the candidate or the city/town where the host institution is located, if necessary)

  2. Visa fees

  3. Travel insurance charges

  4. Basic living costs

  5. Accommodation cost (guest house of the institution or rented flat if possible).

  6. Maximum four (4) Taxi fares (on submission of receipts) may be allowed to travel between the residence and the airport/railway station (upon arrival and departure).


  • The applicant has to hold a valid doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in mathematics.

  • The African applicant must be based (place of work) in an African developing country.

  • The applicant has to be employed as a mathematician in a faculty of a university or an equivalent higher education institution.

  • The applicant should already have established contact with a mathematician in the host institution in the mathematical centre of excellence worldwide and should have a definite research plan together with the host, which must be submitted along with the curriculum vitae of both mathematicians at the time of applying for this grant. This plan should be approved by the host as well.

  • The applicant should have been granted appropriate leave of absence from his/her home institution, which will cover the visit period.

  • The application must also be accompanied by a formal letter of invitation from the host institution, which clearly specifies the period of the (short) research visit and the extent of its financial commitment and support. It is expected that the host institution would at least offer office space, free Internet access and other basic amenities. The invitation has to come from the dean of the faculty for the host institution.


  • January 15th, 2023, for research visits between May 1st, 2023 and November 1, 2023 (Decisions will be made by March 15th, 2023). The visit has to be finished by November 1, 2023.

  • April 15th, 2023, for research visits between August 1st, 2023 and November 1st, 2023 (Decisions will be made by June 15th, 2023). The visit has to be finished by November 1, 2023.

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