Abel Visiting Scholar Program for Post Doctoral Mathematicians in Developing Countries 2021

The International Mathematical Union invites applications for the Abel Visiting Scholar Program for Early Career Post Doctoral Mathematicians in Developing Countries for the 2021/22 academic session.

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.

Worth of Award

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

  1. Travel costs
    • from the place of work of the applicant to that of the host to the extent of economy class airfare.
      During the pandemic grantees are asked to book the flights independently. The flight costs can be transferred prior booking or reimbursed afterwards as long as invoices are provided.
    • (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).
    • 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). 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.
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Applicants must

  • hold at the time of application a PhD in Mathematics,
  • be based in a developing country at the time of application (As defined by IMU)
  • 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 35 years of age at the day of the application deadline.

How to Apply

Each completed application submitted via the Online Application Form must include:


  • curriculum vitae of applicant and host, including a list of recent publications (max. 3 pages each).
  • research statement for the visit – Research statements should explain the research project and list the mathematicians with whom the applicant 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.
  • official invitation from the institution of the international research partner.
  • copy of the PhD certificate.
  • statement about the current employment status/position in the home institution signed and stamped by employer. The statement should include the duration of employment.
  • budget estimation.
  • photograph of the applicant for the IMU website.
  • 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.
  • In case of a research visit longer than a month, applicants must attach proof of matching funds from the host institution to cover living expenses.
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Please merge all required documents ifor the Abel Visiting Scholar Program nto one (1) PDF file to be uploaded onto the Online Application Form.

Applications not completed by the deadline, cannot be considered for evaluation. Applicants are asked to submit their application at least two weeks in advance.

Very Important

  • 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.

Deadline: The following deadlines apply:

  • August 31, 2021 for visits between January 1 and April 30, 2022
  • December 31, 2021 for visits between May 1 and August 31, 2022
  • April 30, 2022 for visits between September 1 and December 31, 2022


Click here for more details and to apply