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Abel Visiting Scholar Program

IMU Abel Visiting Scholar Program 2021

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International Mathematical Union calls application for Abel Visiting Scholar Program 2021. IMU invites applications 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.

Funding and Benefits

The IMU Abel Visiting Scholar Program is a fully-funded opportunity. It overall covers the following expenditures

  • Travel costs
  • 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). 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 (the hotel is allowed if the host provides a statement that no guesthouse or rented flat is available and max. 4 weeks.


  • Hold at the time of application a PhD in Mathematics,
  • Be based in a developing country at the time of application (information on “Developing Country” right below)
  • 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 be under 35 years of age at the day of the application deadline.


Applicants should merge all required documents (except the picture of you) into one (1) PDF file and upload it in the Online Application Form.

  • 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
  • A statement about the current employment status/ position in the home institution signed and stamped by your employer. The statement should include the duration of your employment. Please use the template attached.
  • A budget estimation. Please, use the Tentative Budget Form. (for more information see ‘Financial Support’)
  • A picture of you for the website
  • In case you are planning to stay for more than one month, you must attach a proof of the matching funds for your living costs from the host institution


Type of Opportunity Exchange Programs
Deadline31 December,2021
Open toAll



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