The Abel Visiting Scholar Program is intended for mathematicians professionally based in developing countries to visit an international research collaborator for a period of one month. For visits that are longer than one month, applicants must provide evidence of financial support from the host institution to cover the living expenses beyond the first 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 the Abel Prize in mathematics and is administered by the Commission for Developing Countries of the International Mathematical Union.
Usually up to 3 Grants are available per year.
Applicants must 1. hold at the time of application a PhD in Mathematics, 2. be based in a developing country at the time of application (As defined by IMU) 3. hold a position in a university/ research institution 4. be in the early stages of their professional careers, more precisely: the applicants should 4. 1) not yet be of full professorial rank but have a working contract in a university/ college 4. 2) be under 35 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. Selection Criteria The selection criteria is based on the the quality of the project and the benefit/added value for the home institution/country.
Each completed application submitted via the Online Application Form must include:
CV 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.
An official invitation from the institution of the international research partner
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
A statement about the current employment status/position in the home institution signed and stamped by employer. The statement should include the duration of employment. Please use the template attached.
A budget estimation. Please, use the Tentative Budget Form. (for more information see 'Financial Support')
A photograph of the applicant for the IMU website
In case of a research visit longer than a month, applicants must attached proof of matching funds from the host institution to cover living expenses
Please merge all required documents into 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.
The grant can cover for one month and only for the applicant up to 4,400 EUR (5,000 Dollars):
Travel insurance charges
Basic living cost for the first month (daily allowance based on living cost of the visiting country/city, This amount includes the cost for public transport and all other living costs). For a list please go here. 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.