Abel Visiting Scholar Program

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.



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.

Therefore for the application deadline of April 30, 2015, applicants should be born ON or AFTER April 30, 1975.

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 August 31, 2015 deadline should be born on or after August, 31, 1972). 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"

Due to limited funding, CDC (and hereby the Selection Committee) defines "developing countries" as countries with a Gross National Income per Capita (GNI PC, 2012) less than 7500 USD. For a list, please go here.

In case you cannot find your country in the online list, please contact the CDC Administrator (email can be found below).



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:

  • January 8, 2016 for research visits between April 1 and August 31, 2016
  • April 30, 2016 for research visits between September 1 and December 31, 2016
  • August 31, 2016 for research visits between January 1 and April

          30, 2017.


Each application must include:

  1. A curriculum vitae including a list of recent publications
  2. A research plan for the visit
  3. An official invitation from the institution of the international research partner
  4. 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.
  5. A copy of the PhD certificate
  6. 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
  7. A budget estimation (see Financial Support)
  8. 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

Research Statement

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.


Financial Support

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

  1. travel cost to the host institution (economy flight or equivalent) 
  2. food expenses 
  3. accommodation expenses 
  4. travel health insurance,
  5. visa cost
  6. local public transport up to USD 100 (for one month)


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

Family expenses and any other cost cannot be covered.  




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 "icmi.cdc.administrator(at)mathunion.org".


Your application can only be considered if you sent by the date of the application deadline all required documents.


Selection Criteria

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.


Selection Committee

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: cdc-administrator(at)mathunion.org



The decisions for the August 31, 2015 applications will be announced by September 28, 2015