Research opportunities

 

Call for Applications AIMS-Canada Research Chairs in Climate Change Science
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS AIMS-CANADA RESEARCH CHAIRS IN CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) invites applications for three AIMS-Canada Research Chairs in Climate Change Science to be based at AIMS Rwanda.

For more information please visit the website https://www.nexteinstein.org/research/call-for-applications-ccchair/

Opportunities for South African PhD Students

STRENGTHENING ACADEMIC STAFF DEVELOPMENT IN MATHEMATICAL AND STATISTICAL SCIENCES

Since 2008, AIMS South Africa has created a research environment that focuses on 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

Following the success and experience gained so far, we are pleased to be able to continue building skills in the basic sciences through the provision of the following opportunities to South African PhD students:

  • Theoretical Foundations in Data Science Course
  • Attendance at AIMS South Africa Workshops
  • Attendance at Special Courses
  • Research in Pairs Visits

These opportunites are funded by the Teaching Development Grant provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training and overseen by the University of Pretoria.

For more information please visit the website https://sites.google.com/aims.ac.za/phdopportunities/

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Science

Applications are invited for the DAAD funded postdoctoral fellowship in Data Science at AIMS South Africa under the supervision of Dr Bubacarr Bah, the German Research Chair for Data Science, see details here. Applications will be submitted through the DAAD portal found here.

In recognition of the higher cost of living in South Africa compared to other Sub-saharan African countries, the salary offered by DAAD will be topped-up by AIMS South Africa and the amount of top-up will be negotiated with the candidate. Furthermore, the candidate will be provided with a laptop and he/she will have the opportunity to spend time in Germany working with Dr Bah’s collaborators.

Closing date for applications: 15 January 2018

AIMS NEI Fellowship Program for Women in Climate Change Science

Climate change represents one of humanity’s greatest challenges of the 21st century. The continued ascent of our species depends to a significant extent on our ability to limit further catastrophic changes to the climate and to adapt to both past and future changes. In many parts of the world, changes in climatic variables – including incessant increases in temperature and declines in precipitation – are already having detrimental impacts on food security, human health, energy, biodiversity, etc. Some of these impacts further alter the climate – e.g. plant biodiversity loss reduces CO2sequestration, contributing to temperature rises – creating positive feedback loops with increasingly perilous consequences for humanity.

Click here to read more and to apply

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 research-admin@aims.ac.za

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.

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 research-admin@aims.ac.za. 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.

Half bursaries towards Master's study at South Africa Universities

AIMS South Africa offers a matching half bursary of R43 000 to its recent alumni who wish to study towards a Master’s by research degree at a South African University. 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 South Africa 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 income.
  4. That the university will waive the difference between fees for foreign students and local students in addition to the bursary offered.
  5. That studies are commence by February of the year following completion of the AIMS programme.

The bursary will be 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 info@aims.ac.za with the following documentation

  1. 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
  2. A short proposal of the intended research topic
  3. A brief CV of the supervisor, if the supervisor has has not previously supervised AIMS students, or is not known to AIMS
Half bursaries towards PhD studies at South African universities

AIMS South Africa has made available a limited number matching half bursaries (maximum R90 000) for recent AIMS graduates who wish to study towards a PhD Degree at a South African University. 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 South Africa approves the study programme and topic
  3. That the PhD programme is commenced within 8 months of completing the AIMS programme.

The bursary will be paid in three parts R40 000 in the first year, R 25 000 in the second year and R25 000 in the third year.

Prospective applicants are required to complete the application form and to submit this to info@aims.ac.za with the following documentation

  1. 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
  2. A  proposal of the intended research topic
  3. A brief CV of the supervisor, if the supervisor has has not previously supervised AIMS students, or is not known to AIMS
DAAD Scholarships for a PhD programme in Mathematical Sciences

DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, in association with AIMS South Africa, provides five in-region scholarships for a PhD programme in Mathematical Sciences. These scholarship are available to students wishing to commence a PhD programme at a South African University. Research fields considered include (mathematical sciences, statistics, computational and applied maths, physics, cosmology, computer science, bio-informatics).

Funds awarded by the scholarship must be used towards covering the costs of tuition fees, living expenses, medical insurance, books, stationery, research literature expenses, study permit and research.

Eligibility

African nationals from Sub Saharan countries (excluding South African nationals), and not older than 36 years of age on the date of nomination may apply. Women are particularly encouraged to submit an application.

Application

Applications for 2019 will open in September 2018.

AIMS will continue to screen and short-list applications and submit to DAAD for final approval. The complete application documents (see below) should be submitted to DAAD by the applicants via the DAAD-Portal. Incomplete applications or applications that reach DAAD Bonn after the above mentioned deadline will not be conisdered. 

The application form and  supporting documents listed below must be submitted via the online portal. Students need to register first before submitting an application. Instructions for registration.

  • Curriculum Vitae (Europass format)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Recommendation by your head of department
  • Certified copies of all university degree certificates including transcripts
  • At least temporary admission letter indicating the fees structure of the required university
  • Declaration of acceptance from academic supervisor (original only)
  • Detailed and precise description of the research proposal with detailed working plan and time schedule until graduation.
DAAD conditions

The DAAD scholarship and simultaneous financial support from other sources

  • While on a DAAD scholarship you must not accept scholarship or awards from other German sources nor apply for support from the German national educational assistance system – BaföG.
  • If you intend to accept or apply for additional funds from a German source, e.g. to cover the expense of special equipment or computer time within the framework of your academic work or to help you and your family in an emergency, you must obtain prior approval in writing from the DAAD.
  • If you receive a supplementary scholarship, grant or award from your own country or from another non-German source, it remains without effect on the DAAD scholarship as long as the total received is below the tax-free income level in Germany (presently 450 euros per month).
  • NB! Applicants are obligated to inform DAAD of all supplementary grants received.
Contact

For related queries, please email daad@aims.ac.za

Selections

AIMS will administer the selection process and then submit a short – list of candidates to DAAD for approval. The selection process takes place early December 2018.