The Association for the Scientific Promotion of Africa - APSA Awards to finance four research stays in 2020


Fellowship & Research

Location (s):

  • Worldwide


The Association for the Scientific Promotion of Africa (APSA, is issuing a call for proposals to finance four research stays in 2020 for African doctoral students or already confirmed researchers working in Africa in the fields of mathematical, physical or computer sciences.


Applications can be made at any time (see however calendar below). Candidates must submit on the website their CV, list of publications, a photocopy of their passport, a precise work programme identifying the laboratory and the host team (4 pages maximum), as well as letters of agreement from the host laboratory and from their home laboratory or institution. The quality of the scientific project and its adequacy with the chosen laboratory and host team will be decisive for the selection of the winners.

The selection will be made by the Scientific Council (SC) set up for this purpose by APSA, which is responsible for its disciplinary, geographical and gender balance. The name of its president is public. This CS selects applications three times a year according to the following schedule:

  • autumn session: deadline for receipt of applications 01/09/2019, reply no later than 15/10 for a stay
    no earlier than 15/01/2020
  • winter session: deadline for receipt of applications 01/12/2019, response no later than 15/01 for a
    stay no earlier than 15/04/2020
  • spring session: deadline for receipt of applications 01/01/2020, reply no later than 15/04 for a stay no
    earlier than 15/08/2020

Files received after the deadline of one session will be considered in the next session.

APSA hopes to perpetuate and develop this programme of scientific visits for the coming years and thus contribute to its mission of supporting Africa’s scientific development.

About AIMS South Africa

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is Africa’s first network of centres of excellence in mathematical sciences.

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is Africa’s first network of centres of excellence in mathematical sciences. We enable the continent’s youth to shape the continent’s future through Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education- training Africa’s next generation of leaders. AIMS South Africa is one of the centres of excellence for training, research and public engagement in Cape Town, South Africa. AIMS South Africa was established in 2003 as a partnership project of the following 6 universities: Cambridge, Cape Town, Oxford, Paris Sud XI, Stellenbosch, and Western Cape.

AIMS is a call to action to:

  • Empower Africa’s youth to shape its future
  • Solve global challenges
  • Drive economic self-sufficiency

What We Do

AIMS is incubating mathematical sciences to address global challenges. We offer a structured Master’s in mathematical sciences and are focused on scientific training, cutting-edge research and public engagement. Our activities include:

  • TRAINING: AIMS South Africa provides a one-year structured Master’s program in Mathematical Sciences that is enabling a critical mass of African academics, researchers and entrepreneurs on the cutting-edge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). There are intakes in August and January. AIMS South Africa also offers specialised courses as part of regular honours and Master’s degree programs at South African universities. AIMS South Africa hosts research and training workshops.
  • RESEARCH: The AIMS South Africa Research Centre was launched in 2008 and its mission is 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.
  • PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT: AIMS South Africa through the AIMS Schools Enrichment Centre (AIMSSEC) is building the capacity of Africa’s teachers through training programs to increase the pipeline of math and science students. AIMS South Africa hosts and participates in events and exhibitions to promote mathematical sciences in general. AIMS South Africa also has a public lecture series.


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

The winners will spend one to three months in a foreign laboratory of their choice. The programme will be open to researchers from all over Africa but priority will be given to sub-Saharan Africa compared to North or South Africa. It will attach particular importance to gender-balanced recruitment.


Deadline: January 01, 2020

Cost/funding for participants:

APSA will cover, up to a maximum of €5,000 per winner, in complement with the laboratories and host institution, all travel expenses (economy class), visa and subsistence expenses (health insurance, accommodation, per diem) for the winners.

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