The International Mathematical Union in collaboration with the CDC is inviting applications for the Abel Visiting Scholar Program for the 2022/2023 academic year 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 postdoctoral 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


Usually up to 3 Grants are available per YEAR.

Worth of Award

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

  • Travel cost
  • 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).
  •  If the accommodation includes breakfast or any other meals, the daily amount will be reduced.
  • 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.


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 and should be under 40 years of age at the day of the application deadline.
  • Applications from women mathematicians are strongly encouraged.

How to Apply

  • The completed Online Application Form
  • A curriculum vitae of applicant and host, including a list of recent publications (max. 3 pages each)
  • A research plan for the visit
  • An official invitation from the institution of the international research partner
  • 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.
  • A copy of the PhD certificate

Note:  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 them to review.


Deadline: Application closes

  • January 31, 2022 for visits between May 1 and August 31, 2022
  • April 30, 2022 for visits between September 1 and December 31, 2022
  • August 31, 2022 for visits between January 1 and April 30, 2023


Click here for more details and to apply