$5,000 Abel Visiting Scholar Program – United States 2022

Written by K Fisher on January 17, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United States
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    $5000 - $7000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

    Private sponsor
  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    E-Mail: [email protected]

The International Mathematical Union is an international non-governmental organization devoted to international cooperation in the field of mathematics across the world. It is a member of the International Science Council and supports the International Congress of Mathematicians.

The objectives of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) are: promoting international cooperation in mathematics, supporting and assisting the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) and other international scientific meetings/conferences, acknowledging outstanding research contributions to mathematics through the awarding of scientific prizes, and encouraging and supporting other international mathematical activities, considered likely to contribute to the development of mathematical science in any of its aspects, whether pure, applied, or educational.

The IMU was established in 1920, but dissolved in September 1932 and then re-established 1950 de facto at the Constitutive Convention in New York, de jure on September 1951, when ten countries had become members. The last milestone was the General Assembly in March 1952, in Rome, Italy where the activities of the new IMU were inaugurated and the first Executive Committee, President and various commissions were elected. In 1952 the IMU was also readmitted to the ICSU. The past president of the Union is Shigefumi Mori (2015–2018). The current president is Carlos Kenig.

The International Mathematical Union invites applications from mathematicians professionally based in developing countries to visit an international research collaborator for a period of one month.

At the 16th meeting of the IMU General Assembly in Bangalore, India, in August 2010, Berlin was chosen as the location of the permanent office of the IMU, which was opened on January 2011, and is hosted by the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS), an institute of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Scientific Community, with about 120 scientists engaging in mathematical research applied to complex problems in industry and commerce

Comission for Developing Countries established in 2011 the CDC is a commission of the International Mathematical Union (IMU).

Since the early 1970s, the International Mathematical Union (IMU) has maintained a program of cooperation with and in support of mathematical institutions and individual mathematicians in the developing world. Support activities include research travel and conference grants, as well as volunteer lectures, joint research projects and donations. In the past years, these activities were managed by the IMU’s Commission for Development and Exchanges (CDE) and the Developing Countries Strategy Group (DCSG).

Besides administering the Grants Programs for Mathematicians as well as the Volunteer Lecture Program, the CDC takes part in the following types of activities in accord with various aspects of its mission:

  • Research
  • Support of local initiatives
  • Support of Educational and Local Capacity Building Programs
  • Implementation of IMU member contribution programs destined for support of mathematics and mathematics teaching in developing countries.
  • Exploration of funding and grant opportunities of new and existing sponsors.
  • Development of proposals and joint activities with partner organizations.
  • Identification of inexpensive and free online mathematics research resources and advertise these to mathematicians in the developing world.
  • Service as a “clearing-house” for the activities of individual countries and mathematics societies in support of mathematicians in the developing world.
  • Encouragement of proposals and support projects from mathematical organizations or individual mathematicians in the developing world


  • Applying applicants must hold at the time of application a Ph.D. in Mathematics
  • All applicants must be based in a developing country at the time of application
  • All applying applications must hold a position in a university/ research institution
  • Must be an applicant that is in the early stages of their professional careers
  • The applicants should not yet be of full professorial rank but have a working contract in a university
  • All applicants must be under 35 years of age at the day of the application deadline
  • Both male and females can apply for this scholarship application
  • Applicants cannot have a prior criminal record when applying



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.

This program is destined to be fulfilled in the United States, meaning international students will need to have all of their official government paperwork to send into migration to sign up for a student visa.

A good way for student to see if this scholarship is a great fit for them would be to read about finding the right scholarship for any student.


How to Apply

The steps to follow are listed below:

  • The completed Online Application Form
  • A curriculum vitae of applicant and host, including a list of recent publications (maximum of 3 pages)
  • An official invitation from the institution of the international research partner
  • A research plan for the visit
  • A copy of the Ph.D. certificate
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A statement about the current employment status/ position in the home institution signed and stamped by the employer. It should include the duration of the employment
  • Applicants picture for IMU website
  • A budget estimation
  • Along with securing a student visa after receiving an accepted letter from the scholar scholarship program


Reward – Extra Benefits

The grant/scholarship will cover for one month and only for the applicant up to 4,400 EUR (5,000 Dollars):

  • Travel costs
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance charges
  • Basic living cost
  • Accommodation cost in the host country

Technically, this is a scholarship program that intends to cover full tuition and fees that pop up. The amount of $5,000 can go up to $10,000 if the recipient needs the extra funds.



Applications must be received at least four months before the desired starting date. The selection committee will review the applications and award fellowships every four months. The result is announced on the Abel Visiting Scholar Recipients page.

The following deadlines apply:

  • August 31, 2022 for visits between January 1 and April 30, 2023
  • December 31, 2022 for visits between May 1 and August 31, 2023

However, April 30, 2022 is the official deadline date that is registered for this scholarship.


Open Submission Window Time Frame

The open submission window time frame is from January 1, 2022 – April 29, 2022. The open submission time frame has changed before, so students should check the website to check the correct dates.



This is an annual scholarship that happens twice a year. However, the main deadline is April 30, 2022 while August 31, 2022 is for the official 2023 or following year.

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