Apply: African Diaspora Mathematicians Program (ADMP) 2017 for Africans in the Diaspora

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The Commission for Developing Countries (CDC), a commission of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), wishes to tap the expertise of Diaspora mathematicians, in a more formal manner, in order to provide additional staff and support to mathematics departments.

Application Deadline: 31st January 2017.

About the Award: Every year, thousands of scientists migrate from developing countries in search of educational opportunities and better intellectual environments. Some of these individuals acquire singular expertise and find themselves engaged in universities, research laboratories and international organizations outside their original countries.  There are reasons to believe that, given an opportunity, many of these individuals would be willing to share their expertise with scientists and students in developing countries.

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The objective of the ADMP is to strengthen appreciation and understanding of mathematics, particularly at the postgraduate level, by utilising the expertise of African Diaspora mathematicians, whilst at the same time encouraging collaboration in research by mathematicians in Africa and those in the African Diaspora, through the partnerships established in the Program.

The African Diaspora mathematician shall visit the partner university in Africa, once a year for 3 – 6 weeks in order to undertake the following activities, among others:

  • Postgraduate (starting from Master level) teaching and examination;
  • Postgraduate supervision;
  • Curriculum design or improvement;
  • Research collaboration;
  • Mentorship of young staff members and postgraduate students;
  • Advice on acquisition of software, literature and other educational materials;
  • Exploring the possibility of establishing a formal link between the host university and the African Diaspora’s home university or other universities.
  • Deliver public talks to general public on the potential of mathematics and STEM for development.

Type: Postdoctoral


  • Mathematicians with a PhD who were born and raised in Africa and are now full-time employed outside of Africa as professors in mathematics.
  • Mathematics academic units at any university in Africa who want to build long term connections with African Diaspora Mathematicians and hopefully the home institution of the Diaspora Mathematician.

Number of Awardees: 3

Value of Scholarship: Three partnerships will be funded for two years with each partnership granted Euro 7,000 annually to be used as follows, subject to the monetary policies of the IMU:

  • The African Diaspora mathematician shall receive up to Euro 6,000 (based on invoices) to cover airfare, travel insurance, visa processing and living expenses for 3 to 6 weeks at the host university in Africa.
  • The African Diaspora mathematician shall, in addition, be granted Euro 1,000 per year (based on invoices), to acquire educational material such as books, software, journals and other learning material, to be left to the host institution.

How to Apply: 

Step 1) The African Diaspora Mathematician has to fill out and submit the online application form which will be open from October 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017 on this website. Please go to the online form here:

Step 2) The African Diaspora Mathematician has to send an email to the ADMP Administrator which has to contain the following three (3) documents (a-c) -pdf only-:

a) letter -pdf only-from the Vice-Chancellor of the host institution affirming that the proposed partnership has been discussed with the host institution and confirming support for the partnership and activities.

b) A letter -pdf only-from the Vice-Chancellor of the home university of the African Diaspora mathematician affirming awareness of the Program and giving permission for the participation of the African Diaspora mathematician.

c) A recent CV -pdf only- of the Africa Diaspora mathematician- maximum 5 pages – which must include a list of your most recent five publications.

Please send the three documents via email to: [email protected] 

Application Deadline for all data and documents is 31st January 2017.

Visit Program Webpage for details

Award Provider: The Commission for Developing Countries (CDC)


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