Abel Visiting Scholar Program 2018 for Mathematicians in Developing Countries (Fully-funded)

Abel Visiting Scholar Program 2018 for Mathematicians in Developing Countries (Fully-funded)

Deadline: April 1, 2018

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 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 fund IMU – CDC received from the Abel Board. Usually up to 3 Grants are available per YEAR.


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

  1. travel costs to the host institution (economy flight or equivalent) Please note that the flight will be booked and directly paid by the IMU Secretariat.
  2. accommodation expenses (monthly rent should not exceed 1,200 USD – in case you expect higher accommodation cost, please explain in your application the expected higher cost)
  3. travel health insurance
  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).
  5. visa costs

The total maximum amount is 5,000 USD per grantee. Family expenses and any other costs cannot be covered.

The grant is paid in two installments:

  • First payment for accommodation in the host country, travel insurance, 50% of the living cost and visa before departure.
  • Second payment for the remaining living costs and transport to the airport after the visit (excluding living costs). 


Applicants must:

  • hold at the time of application a PhD in Mathematics,
  • be based in a developing country at the time of application
  • hold a position in a university/ research institution
  • be in the early stages of their professional careers, more precisely: the applicants should
  • not yet be of full professorial rank but have a working contract in a university/ college
  • 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.


  1. The completed Online Application Form
  2. A curriculum vitae including a list of recent publications
  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
  8. A budget estimation.
  9. 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 into one (1) PDF file.

For more information, visit Abel Visiting Scholar Program.