Are you a mathematician from a developing African country interested in carrying out research in mathematics and basic sciences?

Then apply for the IMU-Simons Africa Program 2021, and stand a chance of getting a fully funded fellowship that covers this, as well as the opportunity of traveling to a known mathematical center of excellence.

Application Deadline: October 1 2021


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  • All travel and living expenses of the grantees will be covered by the fellowship up to 5,000 USD.


The following criteria must be met by the applicant to be eligible for the program:

  • The applicant must hold a valid doctoral degree (PhD) in mathematics.
  • The applicant must be based (place of work) in an African developing country.
  • The applicant must be employed as a mathematician in a faculty of a university or an equivalent higher education institution.
  • The applicant already has established contact with a mathematician in the host institution in a mathematical centre of excellence and have a definite research plan together with the host. This must be submitted as part of the application.
  • The applicant has been granted appropriate leave of absence from his/her home institution during the period of the visit.
  • The applicant must be formally invited by the host institution, through a written letter which clearly specifies the period of the research visit and the extent of the host institutions’ financial commitment and support to the applicant.
  • Host institutions are expected to provide office space, free internet access and other basic amenities. The host institution is also expected to help the applicant to find appropriate accommodation. In the event that no guest house or flat is available, the host institution has to issue a letter that accommodation is only possible in an economic hotel/apartment hotel with kitchenette. The invitation must be signed by the dean/head of the faculty of the host institution (not the host).
  • The minimal length of a visit is one month. There is no maximal length, however this is a sabbatical/ research visit and not a fellowship position in the host institution (e.g. doing a post-doctoral).

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Application Instructions

Complete and submit the online application form for the IMU-Simons Programs.

A completed application form must include all requested documents as one PDF Document:

  • CV of applicant
  • CV of the host
  • Detailed research plan
  • Invitation letter by the host institution
  • Confirmation Letter by the home institution
  • Tentative budget (in USD).

Only applications submitted and completed by the deadline can be considered for the program. 

Applicants are advised to send in applications at least two weeks prior to the deadline, in case of missing information or documents.

About the IMU- Simons Africa Program

The IMU – Simons African Fellowship Program supports research sabbaticals for mathematicians from African developing countries employed in Africa to travel to an internationally known mathematical center of excellence (worldwide) for collaborative research. All travel and living expenses of the grantees will be covered by the fellowship up to 5,000 USD.

This program is funded by the Simons Foundation, NY, USA, a private foundation based in New York City, incorporated in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons.

The Simons Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences. They sponsor a range of programs in the sciences, including grants programs in mathematics and the physical sciences. The primary focus of the foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences division is the theoretical sciences radiating from mathematics: in particular, the fields of mathematics, theoretical computer science and theoretical physics.

Key Dates and Order of Program

  • January 15th, 2021 for research visits between May 15th, 2021 and May 15th, 2022 (Decisions will be made by March 15th, 2021)
  • April 15th, 2021 for research visits starting between August 1st, 2021 and August 1st, 2022 (Decisions will be made by June 15th, 2021)
  • July 15th, 2021 for research visits starting between November 1st, 2021 and November 1st, 2022 (Decisions will be made by September 15th, 2021)
  • October 1st, 2021 for research visits between January 15th, 2022 and January 15th, 2023 (Decisions will be made by November 15th, 2021)

The applicants will be screened by the Grant Selection Committee (GSC) consisting of the CDC Secretary for Grants Selection as Chair and has six other members – Three from CDC and three others each representing Latin America, Africa and Asia respectively.

Past Winners

Ahmed Elaraby : 2021 recipient

Alexis Nangue : 2020 recipient

Amadou Tall : 2019 recipient.

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