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Abel Visiting Scholar Program

Logo.pngThe 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 the Abel Prize in mathematics.

Usually up to 3 Grants are available per YEAR.

Requirements

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.

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.

Definition of "Developing Country"

CDC classifies Developing Countries as those with GNI per capita in USD, not exceeding 11,000 USD, 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

Deadlines (for completed applications)

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 annouced on the Abel Visiting Scholar 2017 Recipients page.

The following deadlines apply:

  • August 31, 2018 is for visits during January 1 - April 30, 2019
  • December 31, 2018 for visits between May 1 and August 31, 2019
  • April 1, 2019 for research visits between September 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019

If your 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 for us to review.

Each application must include:

 

  1. The completed Online Application Form
  2. A curriculum vitae of applicant and host, including a list of recent publications (max. 3 pages each)
  3. A research plan for the visit
  4. An official invitation from the institution of the international research partner
  5. 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.
  6. A copy of the PhD certificate
  7. 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. Please use the template attached.
  8. A budget estimation. Please, use the Tentative Budget Form. (for more information see 'Financial Support')
  9. A picture of you for our website (upload separately to the Online Application Form) (The picture will be published on our website (like this: https://www.mathunion.org/cdc/grants/research-travel-grants/abel-visiting-scholar-program/abel-visiting-scholar-2018) if the applicant is chosen, so PLEASE upload a NICE picture in good quality!)
  10. 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

Please merge all required documents (except the picture of you) into one (1) PDF file and upload it in the Online Application Form.

If your application is NOT completed by the deadline, it CANNOT be considered for evaluation. Please send your application at least two weeks in advance so it can be checked.

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.

Grant Details

The grant can cover for one month and only for the applicant up to 4,400 EUR (5,000 EUR):

  1. Travel costs
    1. from the place of work of the applicant to that of the host to the extent of economy class airfare.  The flight will be booked and directly paid by the IMU Secretariat.
    2. (Public) transport (surface transport by rail or bus between the nearest city where the airport is located and the headquarters of the candidate or the city/town where the host institution is located, if necessary). Maximum four (4) Taxi fares (on submission of receipts) may be allowed to travel between the home and the airport/railway station (upon arrival and departure).
    3. In case the applicant has to stay in a hotel before departure or upon arrival, this needs to be mentioned in the budget details. Maximum one (1) night (both arrival and departure) can be paid from the grant.
  2. Visa fees
  3. Travel insurance charges 
  4. Basic living cost  (daily allowance based on living cost of the visiting country/city, This amount includes the cost for public transport and all other living costs). For a list please go here. If the accommodation includes breakfast or any other meals, the daily amount will be reduced.
  5. Accommodation cost in the host country (hotel is allowed if the host provides a statement that no guesthouse or rented flat is available and max. 4 weeks. If you stay longer than 4 weeks you have to rent a suitable apartment or guesthouse). Receipts for cash payments for accommodation costs can not be accepted! You have to pay via a trackable transfer method.

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. 

Cash withdrawal receipts can not be accepted!

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:

  • First payment for accommodation in the host country, travel insurance, visa, transport to the airport and 50% of the living cost before departure.
  • Second payment for the remaining living costs after the visit
  • To receive the second payment the report, pictures and all invoices must be send to the IMU Secretariat before the second payment can be initiated.

The activity and financial report, pictures and all invoices must be send to the IMU Secretariat before the second payment can be initiated.

Financial Requirements and Reporting

  • Please note that an overview of the expenses need to be listed in the financial report and need to be accompanied by the original invoices and boarding tickets (excluding the living expenses).
  • The financial and activity report should be sent to the IMU Secretariat, CDC Administration two (!) weeks after the end of the research visit.
  • Unspent funds need to be returned to CDC/ Abel Funds.

Applications

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 "cdc.grants@mathunion.org".

Your application can only be considered if all necessary documents have reached us by the deadline.

Mathematicians from Africa should also consider to apply to the IMU Simons African Fellowship Program which has the same conditions and approx. 10 Scholarships available per year. Please note that IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR the IMU-SIMONS AFRICAN Fellowship you cannot apply for the Abel Visting Scholar Program at the SAME time.

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria is based on the the quality of the project and the benefit/added value for the home institution/country.

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

Members b) and c) serve for a three year term with a maximum of two periods. The Abel Committee decides on the duration of member a).

The Selection Committee (1 August 2016–31 July 2019) consists of three members.

Please note

  • A candidate who is not selected, has the possibility to re-apply
  • Mathematicians from Africa are highly recommended to apply to the IMU Simons African Fellowship Program
  • Applications must be received at least four months before the desired starting date
  • In case of questions, please contact: cdc.grants(at)mathunion.org

Good luck!

Abel Visiting Scholar Recipients