Apply for Abel Visiting Scholar Program

Deadline Date: April 30, 2024

Donor Name: Commission for Developing Countries (CDC)

Grant Size: $1000 to $10,000

The Commission for Developing Countries (CDC) is currently accepting applications for the Abel Visiting Scholar Program intended for mathematicians professionally based in developing countries to visit an international research collaborator for a period of one 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.

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.

Funding Information

  • The grant can cover for one month and only for the applicant up to 4,400 EUR (5,000 Dollars):
    • 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 to booking or reimbursed after 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.
    • Visa fees
    • 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 cannot be accepted! You have to pay via a trackable transfer method.
  • If you travel during public holidays in the host country and while the host institution is closed for public holidays (e.g. during Christmas time) you cannot received basic living cost during the period the institution is closed, but your accommodation cost can be paid.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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.
  • 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.

For more information, visit CDC.

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