IMU–Simons African Fellowship Program 2021 for Mathematicians

Deadline: 1 October 2021
Open to: African applicants with PhD in mathematics
Benefits: fellowship up to USD 5,000


Applications for the IMU–Simons African Fellowship Program 2021 are now open. The Fellowship Program supports research sabbaticals for mathematicians from African developing countries employed in Africa to travel to an internationally known mathematical center of excellence (worldwide) for collaborative research.

The Simons Foundation is a private foundation based in New York City, incorporated in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons. The Simons Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences. They sponsor a range of programs in the sciences, including grants programs in mathematics and the physical sciences. The primary focus of the foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences division is the theoretical sciences radiating from mathematics: in particular, the fields of mathematics, theoretical computer science and theoretical physics.


  • The applicant has to hold a valid doctoral degree – PhD in mathematics.
  • The African applicant must be based 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 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 period of the visit.
  • 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 the host institutions financial commitment and support.


All travel and living expenses of the grantees will be covered by the fellowship up to USD 5,000.

How to apply

To apply, take the following steps:

  • Fill out and submit the online application form for the IMU-Simons Programs.
  • Upload all requested documents (two CVs: of the host and the applicant, detailed Research plan, invitation letter by the host institution, letter by the home institution, tentative budget details in USD) as 1 joint PDF to the Online Application Form.
  • A picture of you for the website (upload separately to the Online Application Form).

For more information, please visit the official webpage.

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