The Abel Visiting Scholar Program is intended for mathematicians professionally based in developing countries to visit an international research collaborator for a period of one month. For visits that are longer than one month, applicants must 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 the Abel Prize in mathematics and is administered by the Commission for Developing Countries of the International Mathematical Union.
Usually up to 3 Grants are available per year.
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 result is announced on the Abel Visiting Scholar Recipients page.
The following deadlines apply:
If your application is not complete by the deadline, it cannot be considered for the evaluation round.
For all applicants applying for CDC funding for activities scheduled from now till the end of 2022:
Please note that we will request a confirmation letter from the head of the hosting department (where the activity is supposed to take place) confirming the dates of the planned activity. Please also check if there are any travel warnings for specific countries before you apply for CDC funding.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, costs incurred from COVID-19 tests, quarantines, as well as COVID-19 vaccines can be covered by the CDC upon request.
1. hold at the time of application a PhD in Mathematics,
2. be based in a developing country at the time of application (As defined by IMU)
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 35 years of age at the day of the application deadline.
The maximum age may be increased by up to three years in the case of an individual with a broken career pattern. This should be noted in the application together with the reason for the broken career pattern. Applications from women mathematicians are strongly encouraged.
The selection criteria is based on the the quality of the project and the benefit/added value for the home institution/country.
Each completed application submitted via the Online Application Form must include:
Please merge all required documents into one (1) PDF file to be uploaded onto the Online Application Form.
Applications not completed by the deadline, cannot be considered for evaluation. Applicants are asked to submit their application at least two weeks in advance.
The grant can cover for one month and only for the applicant up to 4,400 EUR (5,000 Dollars):
All invoices for travel cost, visa, insurance, accommodation and up to four taxi receipts and all boarding tickets have to be kept by the grantee and be sent (original) to the CDC/ IMU Secretariat by regular mail.
If you travel during public holidays in the host country and while the host institution is closed for public holidays (e.g. during Christmas time) you cannot received basic living cost during the period the institution is closed, but your accommodation cost can be paid.
Please note that the grant does not cover any travel costs, accommodation and living costs for requests for additional trips (e.g. to participate in conferences/ workshops) during this time. Those costs have to be covered by the grantee or his/her host institution. The living and accommodation cost only cover the research period. In case the grantees stays abroad for private or other purposes not related to the research visit neither living or accommodation cost can be covered from the grant.
The grant is paid in two installments:
The activity and financial report, pictures and all invoices must be sent to the IMU Secretariat before the second payment can be initiated.
A selection committee decides which applications are successful.
The Selection Committee consists of
Members 2. and 3. serve for a three year term with a maximum of two periods. The IMU EC decides on the duration of member 1.
The current terms of the Selection Committee are as followed respectively:
Please note that in order to access the online application form, you must first create an account.
You may create an account on the account registration page. You will be able to access the online form once you log into your account.