Applications are presently being taken for the IMU–Simons African Fellowship Program for African Mathematicians in the United States in 2021.
The fellowship programis financed by the Simons Foundation, NY, USA and funds research sabbaticals for Mathematicians from African developing nations. This comprises those working in Africa to travel to a globally known mathematical centre of excellence (globally) for joint research.
The Simons Foundation is a private foundation founded in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons. Its objective is to improve the borders of research in Mathematics and the Basic Sciences. They finance a variety of programs in the Sciences, like grants programs in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences.
The main focus of the foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences unit is the theoretical sciences emanating from mathematics: particularly, the disciplines of mathematics, theoretical computer science and theoretical physics.
Worth of IMU–Simons African Fellowship
All travel and living costs of the recipients of the IMU–Simons African Fellowship Program will be provided by the fellowship program which is valued up to 5,000 USD. These include
- Travel costs
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance charges
- Basic living expense (this comprises daily stipend on the basis living expense of the visiting nation/city like the cost for public transport and all other living expenses). Correspondingly, if the accommodation comprises breakfast or any other meals, the daily amount will be lessened.
It is very crucial to note that all invoices for travel expense, visa, accommodation, insurance, and up to four taxi receipts and all boarding tickets have to be kept by the recipient and be forwarded (original) to the CDC/ IMU Secretariat by regular mail.
Eligibility for IMU–Simons African Fellowship
Concerning your application goes, please make sure that you carefully read through all the criteria listed below before submitting yours. This comprises the fact that the candidate
- Has to possess a valid PhD degree in Mathematics.
- Has to be based (place of work) in an African developing nation.
- Has to be working as a mathematician in a faculty of a university or an equivalent higher academic institution.
- Should prior to now have made contact with a mathematician in the host institution in the mathematical centre of excellence globally.
That’s not all, the applicant
- Must have been given an appropriate furlough from his/her home institution which will cover the period of the visit.
- Has to also complement the application with an official letter of invitation from the host institution. The institution must clearly state the period of the (short) research visit and the degree of the host institution’s financial obligation and support.
How to Apply for IMU–Simons African Fellowship
To apply for the IMU–Simons African Fellowship Program, please go through the following steps:
- Complete and submit the online application form for the IMU-Simons Fellowship Programs.
Submit all requested documents which comprise
- Two CVs: of the host and the candidate
- Detailed Research plan
- Invitation letter by the host institution
- Letter by the home institution
- Tentative budget information in USD as 1 joint PDf to the Online Application Form.
- A photo of you which will be posted on the site (upload separately to the Online Application Form). Like this: https://www.mathunion.org/cdc/grants/research-travel-grants/imu-simons-travel-fellowship/2018-awarded-imu-simons-africa) if the candidate is selected, so PLEASE submit a NICE photo in good quality!)
If your application is NOT finished by the closing date, it CANNOT be given consideration for assessment. Please submit your application a minimum of two weeks in advance so it can be reviewed.
The closing dates for applications for IMU–Simons African Fellowship program are as follows:
- April 15th, 2021 for research visits commencing between August 1st, 2021 and August 1st, 2022.
- July 15th, 2021 for research visits commencing between November 1st, 2021 and November 1st, 2022.
- October 1st, 2021 for research visits commencing between January 15th, 2022 and January 15th, 2023.
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