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. The period is extendable for up to three months in the case of matching support from the host institution.

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

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

Therefore for the application deadline of December 31, 2014, applicants should be born ON or AFTER December 31, 1974.

The maximum age may be increased by up to three years in the case of an individual with a broken career pattern (applicants should be born on or after December, 31, 1971). This should be noted in the application together with the reason for the broken career pattern.


Applications from women mathematicians are strongly encouraged.


The applicant must already have initiated research contact with the proposed international research partner. The collaboration should take place at the international partner’s home institution. 


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:

     •    December 31, 2014 or research visits between April 1 and August 31, 2015

     •    April 30, 2015 for research visits between September 1 and  

          December 31, 2015

     •    August 31, 2015 for research visits between January 1 and April

          30, 2016. 


Each application must include:

     •    A curriculum vitae including a list of recent publications

     •    A research plan for the visit

     •    An official invitation from the institution of the international

          research partner

     •    One letter of recommendation

     •    A copy of the PhD certificate

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.


Research Statement

The research statement should explain the research project you intend to pursue and list the mathematicians with whom you will collaborate. Prior contact is necessary.


Financial Support

The grant will cover health insurance, visa cost, all travel (economy flights or equivalent) and living expenses including accommodation for one month for up to a total maximum amount of USD 5,000 per mathematician. 




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".


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 reapply.


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

a) Ragni Piene (Norway)

b) Srinivasan Kesavan (India)

c) Wandera Ogana (Kenya)


In case of questions, please contact the CDC Administrator: icmi.cdc.administrator(at)mathunion.org