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Abel Visiting Scholar Program 2021 for Mathematics PhD Scholars in Developing Countries

The Niels Henrik Abel Board and the International Mathematical Union invite applications from mathematicians professionally based in developing countries to visit an international research collaborator for a period of one month. 

Application Deadlines: 

  • April 30, 2021 for visits between September 1 and December 31, 2021
  • August 31, 2021 for visits between January 1 and April 30, 2022
  • December 31, 2021 for visits between May 1 and August 31, 2022

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Developing Countries

About the Award: 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.

Type: PhD

Eligibility: Applicants must

     1.   hold at the time of application a PhD in Mathematics,

     2.   be based in a developing country at the time of application

     3.   hold a position in a university/ research institution

     4.   be in the early stages of their professional careers, more precisely: the applicants  should

            4. 1) not yet be of full professorial rank but have a working contract in a university/ college

            4. 2) be under 40 years of age at the day of the application deadline.

The maximum age may be increased by up to three years in the case of an individual with a broken career pattern. This should be noted in the application together with the reason for the broken career pattern.

 Applications from women mathematicians are strongly encouraged.

Selection Criteria: The selection criteria is based on the the quality of the project and the benefit/added value for the home institution/country.

Selection: A selection committee decides which applications are successful.

The Selection Committee consists of

    • a) a member chosen by the Abel board
    • b) a member chosen by CDC
  • c) a third member chosen by the IMU EC

The time of members of the committee is three years for the members b) and c) with a maximum of two periods. The Abel Board decides for a).

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: The grant can cover for one month and only for the applicant:

  1. travel costs to the host institution (economy flight or equivalent) Please note that the flight will be booked and directly paid by the IMU Secretariat.
  2. accommodation expenses (monthly rent should not exceed 1,200 USD – in case you expect higher accommodation cost, please explain in your application the expected higher cost)
  3. travel health insurance
  4. Basic living cost  (daily allowance based on living cost of the visiting country/city, This amount includes the cost for public transport and all other living costs). For a list please go here.
  5. visa costs

The total maximum amount is 5,000 USD per grantee.

Family expenses and any other costs cannot be covered.

How to Apply: Each application must include:

  1. The completed Online Application Form
  2. A curriculum vitae of applicant and host, including a list of recent publications (max. 3 pages each)
  3. A research plan for the visit
  4. An official invitation from the institution of the international research partner
  5. 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.
  6. A copy of the PhD certificate
  7. A statement about the current employment status/ position in the home institution signed and stamped by your employer. The statement should include the duration of your employment. Please use the template attached.
  8. A budget estimation. Please, use the Tentative Budget Form. (for more information see ‘Financial Support’)
  9. A picture of you for our website (upload separately to the Online Application Form) (The picture will be published on our website (like this: https://www.mathunion.org/cdc/grants/research-travel-grants/abel-visiting-scholar-program/abel-visiting-scholar-2018) if the applicant is chosen, so PLEASE upload a NICE picture in good quality!)
  10. In case you are planning to stay for more than one month you must attached a proof of the matching funds for your living costs from the host institution

Please merge all required documents (except the picture of you) into one (1) PDF file and upload it in the Online Application Form.

If your application is NOT completed by the deadline, it CANNOT be considered for evaluation. Please send your application at least two weeks in advance so it can be checked.

Visit Scholarship Webpage for details

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