Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Applications now open for Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Research Centre

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) South Africa in collaboration with Stellenbosch University, hereby invites applications for postdoctoral positions.

The AIMS South Africa Research Centre was launched during May 2008 with the mission to conduct and foster outstanding research and learning in the mathematical sciences, thus contributing to the next generation of pan-African leaders in many spheres and the advancement of African science and academia within a multicultural environment.

This is achieved by creating a research environment with focused themes; integrating research with postgraduate training and developing young researchers; and providing a space for mathematical scientists to work together and interact with local and international researchers within their focus framework.

The research conducted has a strong focus on cutting-edge topics which relate to mathematical modelling in a multi-disciplinary context. In particular those that are most relevant to African development, especially in fields where scientists in Africa have a competitive advantage and can do world-leading research.

Research is focused on the following areas:

  • Cosmology & Astrophysics
  • Mathematical Finance
  • Mathematical Foundations & Scientific Computing
  • Data Science & Information Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence for Statistical Ecology

Duties include:

  • Conducting research
  • Publishing results in leading peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences
  • Assisting senior researchers in leading students into exciting research projects
  • Collaborate with researchers at the AIMS Research Centre

For more information and to apply please click here.

Closing date for applications:  6 May 2022

Master’s and doctoral study in the Research Centre

The AIMS South Africa Research Centre offers Doctoral and Masters bursaries for research study in the Centre (details on the research areas supported at the Research Centre may be found at Research). South African students and students from disadvantaged backgrounds are especially welcome.

AIMS South Africa is able to offer funding for bursaries as well as accommodation and meals, supervision and co-supervision of students. Interested students should submit the completed application form, a short proposal of their intended study (not more than two pages) as well as their academic record and a brief CV to the Administrative Officer at Academics who wish to make enquiries about co-supervision of their students in multidisciplinary areas are encouraged to contact the Director of AIMS South Africa.

Visiting Research Fellowships

The AIMS South Africa Research Centre offers a variety of fellowships for visiting researchers. Interested researchers may apply to visit for short (2-week) or longer periods. Research fellows may conduct their own research at AIMS, participate in the teaching programmes and give talks in the journal club.  Visits to local universities can be arranged.

1. Advanced PhD students and postdoctoral fellows can apply for a two-month AIMS Research Fellowship.

2. Researchers who wish to visit AIMS for a period of time (normally between two and six months) are encouraged to  to apply for a longer-term AIMS Research Fellowships. Preference will be given to African applicants, particularly those from SADC member states.

3. Research in pairs initiative: 2-4 week visits by a South African researcher and a local research partner from another university or an international research partner or a PhD or postdoctoral student.

Application process

Each applicant should provide a curriculum vitae including degrees and awards received, and a list of publications, as well as a statement of future research and career plans. Applications should be sent to

Applicants must also arrange for two confidential reference letters from academics familiar with their research to be sent in support of their application. Referees should email reference letter directly to the AIMS South Africa Administrative Officer.

Application for Bursary for Master’s or PhD Study at a South African University

AIMS is offering a matching half bursary (maximum R45 000) to its recent graduates who wish to study towards a Research Master’s or PhD degree at a South African University. Please note that applicants are responsible for their repatriation fee deposits if necessary.

Bursaries are only awarded under the following conditions:

  1. That the university will pay a matching amount from its own funds or from research funds of the
    supervisor towards the bursary.
  2. That AIMS approves the study programme and topic.
  3. That the student will not do more than 10 hours of tutoring services per week to generate additional
  4. That the university will waive the difference between fees for foreign students and local students in
    addition to the bursary offered.
  5. That the student commences the study programme by February of the year following completion of
    completing the AIMS programme.

The bursary is paid in two parts, the first on registration and the second, 9 months later, on receipt of a satisfactory progress report

Prospective applicants are required to complete the application form and to submit this to with the following documentation

  1. A short proposal of the intended research topic.
  2. A letter from the proposed supervisor or department, confirming acceptance on to the programme, and the awarding of a matching half bursary; the amount of the bursary must be specified.
  3. A brief CV of the supervisor, if the supervisor has has not previously supervised AIMS students, or is not known to AIMS