15 July 2019.

1 October 2019.



(Fully Funded)


IMU–Simons African Fellowship 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.

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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.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Mathematics

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

According to the program.
  • The minimal length of a visit that could be favourably considered is one month. There is no maximal length.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • The applicant has to hold a valid doctoral degree (PhD) in mathematics.
  • The African applicant must be based (place of work) in an African developing country.
  • The applicant has to be employed as a mathematician in a faculty of a university or an equivalent higher education institution.
  • The applicant should already have established contact with a mathematician in the host institution in mathematical center of excellence worldwide and should have a definite research plan together with the host, which must be submitted along with the curriculum vitae of both mathematicians at the time of applying for this grant. This plan should be approved by the host as well.
  • The applicant should have been granted appropriate leave of absence from his/her home institution which will cover the period of the visit.
  • The application must also be accompanied by a formal letter of invitation from the host institution, which clearly specifies the period of the (short) research visit and the extent of the host institutions financial commitment and support.
  • The minimal length of a visit that could be favourably considered is one month. There is no maximal length, but it has to be a sabbatical/ research visit not a fellowship position in the host institution (e.g. doing a post-doctoral).

For more information about Eligibility Requirements here

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

  • The grant will cover up to 5,000 USD:

– Travel costs (economy class airfare).

– Visa fees.

– Travel insurance charges.

– 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).

– Accommodation cost in the host country.

  • 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.

How to Apply

First Step: Register here.

Second step: Fill out and submit the online application form for the fellowship program.

Third Step: Upload the following documents as 1 joint PDF:

  1. CV of Applicant.
  2. CV of host Professor.
  3. List of Applicant’s publications (3 pages max.).
  4. Detailed Research Plan.
  5. Invitation Letter of host Institution.
  6. Letter from Applicant’s University (confirming PhD, employment status and support for research stay).
  7. Tentative Budget Form.

Fourth Step: Upload a nice picture of you for the website. It should be at least 500 kb in size, and send the picture to CDC Grants via email:


  • After you have submitted your application online you receive an automatic reply. If you do not received this, please contact:
  • Please send your application at least two weeks in advance (before the deadline) so it can be checked.
  • A completed Application form must be submitted at least four months before the start of the visit (starting the date of the CDC application deadline) for it to be considered.
  • Both collaborators should submit reports to the IMU at the end of the visit elaborating on the outcome of the research visit.
  • The grantee has to submit a detailed financial report and has to send all invoices and boarding tickets to the IMU Secretariat (in original by post) two weeks after the end of the visit.
  • The grantee has to sent at least 3 pictures of the visit for the CDC website.

For more information about How to Apply here, here

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This Scholarship Published by:
Eman Morsy/ Egypt

Reviewed by “ Doha Elamin/ Egypt

and ” Noha Elbehery/ Egypt
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