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.
In case the length of the visit exceeds one month, the candidate should provide evidence of financial support from the host institution to cover the living expenses beyond the first month.
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.
The Abel Visiting Scholar Program is fully funded by fund IMU - CDC receives from the Abel Board.
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.
Therefore for the application deadline of April 30, 2016, applicants should be born ON or AFTER April 30, 1976.
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 April 30, 2016 deadline should be born on or after August, 31, 1973). This should be noted in the application together with the reason for the broken career pattern.
Applications from women mathematicians are strongly encouraged.
Definition of "Developing Country"
CDC classifies Developing Countries as those with GNI per capita in USD, not exceeding USD 11,000, in accordance with the United Nations data. (Data as of December 2015)
For a list which countries can apply for the Abel Visiting Scholar Program, please go here: CDC DEVELOPING COUNTRY LIST
Applications must be received at least four months before the desired starting date. The selection committee will review the applications and award fellowships every four months.
The following deadlines apply:
30, 2017. Results will be announced by October 15th on this website.
If you application is not complete by the deadline, it cannot be considered for the evaluation round.
Please send your application at least one week in advance that we can check the application.
Each application must include:
The research statement should explain the research project you intend to pursue and list the mathematicians with whom you will collaborate. The applicant must already have initiated research contact with the proposed international research partner(s). Evidence of prior collaboration will be considered a plus. The collaboration should take place at the international partner’s home institution.
The grant can cover for one month and only for the applicant:
The total maximum amount is USD 5,000 per grantee.
Family expenses and any other cost cannot be covered.
Financial Requirements and Reporting
The application form can be found here.
The Abel Visiting Scholar Program is administered by the Commission for Developing Countries of the International Mathematical Union.
Please always send your application form cc to "firstname.lastname@example.org".
Your application can only be considered if you sent by the date of the application deadline all required documents.
The selection criteria is based on the the quality of the project and the benefit/added value for the home institution/country.
A candidate who is not selected, has the possibility to re-apply.
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).
The Selection Committee (1 August 2013–31 July 2016) consists of three members.
In case of questions, please contact the: email@example.com
IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR THE IMU- SIMONS Travel Fellowship you cannot apply for the Abel Visting Scholar Program at the same time.