The Simons Foundation Scholarships in the USA in 2021

The Simons Foundation USA Scholarships 2021

Apply for The Simons Foundation Scholarships in USA 2021.

The Simons Foundation is pleased to offer the IMU-Simons African Fellowship Program for the year 2021.

Target group of the scholarship:

  • Target Countries: African Countries
  • Group: All groups

The organization offering the scholarship:

  • Scholarship Name: Simons African Fellowship
  • Organization: The Simons Foundation

Scholarship data:

  • Year of scholarship: 2021
  • Country: United States
  • Organization: The Simons Foundation
  • Level of study: Doctorate
  • Scholarship specialty: Mathematics
  • Amount of scholarship: Up to $5,000
  • Deadline to Apply: October 1, 2020

Description of the scholarship:

The IMU – Simons African Fellowship program is funded by the Simons Foundation, NY, USA and supports research sabbaticals for mathematicians from African developing countries employed in Africa to travel to an internationally recognized center of mathematical excellence (in worldwide) for collaborative research.

All travel and living expenses of the recipients will be covered by the scholarship up to USD 5,000.

The Simons Foundation is a private foundation based in New York, established in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons.

The Simons Foundation’s mission is to push the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.

They sponsor a range of science programs, including grant programs in mathematics and physical science.

The Mathematics and Physical Sciences division of the foundation focuses primarily on the theoretical sciences radiating from mathematics: in particular, the fields of mathematics, theoretical computer science and theoretical physics.

The “IMU – Simons African Fellowship Program” will run for 5 years until September 2021. 

  • The program supports research sabbaticals for mathematicians from AFRICAN developing countries employed in AFRICA to travel to an internationally recognized center of excellence/mathematical university (WORLD) for collaborative research.
  • The program is not intended for postgraduate courses or postgraduate training but for a LIMITED RESEARCH PERIOD.
  • The grant covers TRAVEL EXPENSES and BASIC LIVING EXPENSES for African mathematicians working in Africa (specifically coming from a developing country, the definition of which is determined by IMU for all its programs) during the sabbatical period.

The Grant Selection Committee (GSC) consists of the CDC Secretary for Grant Selection as Chair and has six other members, three from CDC and three others representing Latin America, Africa and Asia respectively. .

How to apply for the scholarship?

To apply, please follow these steps:

  1. Please complete and submit the online application form for IMU-Simons programs.
  2. Upload all   requested documents   (two CVs: from host and applicant, detailed research plan, invitation letter from host institution, letter from home institution, details of the provisional budget in USD) under the form of a joint PDF in the online application form.
  3. A photo of you in website (uploaded separately in the online application form) (The photo will be published on our website (like this: /imu-simons-travel-fellowship/2018-award-imu-simons-africa) if the nominee is chosen, then PLEASE upload a good quality photo!)

If your application is NOT completed by the deadline, it CANNOT be considered for assessment. Please submit your application at least two weeks in advance so that it can be verified.

  • Link to apply:  Apply

Other Information:

The grant only covers for the applicant up to 5000 USD:

  1. Travel costs
    1. from the place of work of the applicant to that of the host up to the extent of economy class airfare. The flight will be booked and paid for directly by the IMU Secretariat.
    2. (Public) transport (land transport by rail or bus between the nearest town where the airport is located and the applicant’s headquarters or the host town or institution is located, if necessary). A maximum of four (4) taxi fares (upon presentation of receipts) may be permitted to travel between home and the airport/train station (on arrival and departure).
    3. If the applicant has to stay in a hotel before departure or upon arrival, this must be mentioned in the budget details. One (1) night maximum (arrival and departure) can be paid from the subsidy.
  2. Visa fees
  3. Travel insurance costs
  4. Basic living expenses (daily allowance based on the cost of living of the visiting country/city, this amount includes the cost of public transport and all other living expenses)  For a list go here   If the accommodation includes breakfast or any other meal, the daily amount will be reduced.
  5. Accommodation costs in the host country (hotel is allowed if the host provides a declaration that no guest house or rented apartment is available and max. 4 weeks. If you stay more than 4 weeks, you need to rent a suitable apartment or guest house). Receipts for cash payments for accommodation costs cannot be accepted! You must pay via a trackable transfer method.

All invoices for travel, visa, insurance, accommodation and up to four taxi receipts and all boarding tickets should be retained by the beneficiary and sent (originals) to the CDC/IMU Secretariat by regular mail.

Cash withdrawal receipts cannot be accepted!

If you are traveling during public holidays in the host country and the host institution is closed for public holidays (e.g. during the Christmas period), you cannot receive the basic cost of living during the period closure of the institution, but your accommodation costs can be paid.

Please note that the grant does not cover travel, accommodation and living expenses for additional travel requests (e.g. to attend conferences/workshops) during this period. These costs must be borne by the beneficiary or his/her host establishment. Subsistence and accommodation costs cover only the research period. In the event that fellows stay abroad for private or other purposes unrelated to the research visit, neither subsistence nor accommodation costs can be covered by the grant.

The grant is paid in two instalments:

  • First payment for accommodation in the host country, travel insurance, visa, airport transport and 50% of the cost of living before departure.
  • Second payment for remaining living expenses after the visit.
  • To receive the second payment, the  report  , photos and all invoices must be sent to the IMU Secretariat before the second payment can be initiated.

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