African Institute for Mathematical Sciences - AIMS Masters by Research Program (ARMSc)

The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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Location (s):

  • Cameroon
  • Ghana
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania


The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Research (AIMS Research) is pleased to invite prospective postgraduate students who hold at least a Bachelor degree in any mathematical science discipline to apply for one of sixteen MSc bursaries available through the AIMS Masters by Research Program (ARMSc).


Candidates can undertake a one year or a two year MSc by research which should culminate in a full Master’s degree.  This program builds on efforts that seek to support the development of a critical mass of researchers on the continent who will have the added knowledge to conduct advanced research at the PhD level, or who will support industry and governments in addressing core development issues.

Successful candidates who are interested in the climate change sciences and related disciplines will each benefit from financial support of up to CAD 10,500 per annum for a maximum duration of two years. They will be based at one of the seven existing AIMS Research Centres, including Quantum Leap Africa. Beneficiaries may be registered in any recognized institution of higher learning located in the same country as the host AIMS Research Centre. Funding will be provided for students and their supervisors to attend one research school that will take place at AIMS Rwanda.


The call for applications will remain open until the required number of research MSc students are recruited. Only complete applications with required documents will be considered.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:


  • Applicants can be from any country.
  • Applicants must hold at least a Bachelor degree (or a recognized equivalent) in any field related to mathematical sciences before the start date of this position.
  • Applicants should be interested in undertaking research within the climate change sciences and its related areas.
  • Knowledge/interest in mathematical modelling would be an advantage.
  • Applicants must be open-minded, and must be willing to conduct their MSc research at their preferred AIMS Research Centre, or a designated partner institution in the same host country.

Selection and Award

Applications shall be vetted by a committee consisting of expert researchers from AIMS, at least one external expert, and a representative from the AIMS Global Secretariat.  Successful candidates will be contacted and will be expected to commence their research at the AIMS Research Centre within three months of receiving an award letter.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

Financial Information

The AIMS Masters by Research project can be supported financially for at most two years with a maximum total cost to AIMS of CAD 10,500 per annum. The cost includes a return flight ticket from the candidate’s home/institution to the AIMS Research Centre, tuition (if applicable), visa application, accommodation, living support, and health insurance.

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