Scholarships for a PhD programme in Mathematical Sciences.

DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, in association with AIMS, provides 6 in-region scholarships for a PhD programme in Mathematical Sciences. The scholarship are available to students wishing to commence a PhD programme based at AIMS or supervised by AIMS associate research fellows. 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. The programme is funded by the German federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)



  • 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.
  • Applicants who are registered or intend registering at the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University or the University of the Western Cape
  • Other applications will only be considered provided that the students are supervised by an AIMS researcher or associated research fellow / faculty of AIMS South Africa
  • Women are particularly encouraged to submit an application.
  • Preference is given to candidates who are (a) staff members of a public university, (b) candidates considered for teaching or research staff recruitment and / (c) candidates from the public sector.

Application Process

First Step

  • Applicants must apply for their studies at AIMS and email their application to Rene January / Applications must reach us no later than 20 November 2017.
  • AIMS will then screen, pre-select (according to DAAD selection criteria) and short-list the applicants and submit the selection report to DAAD who reserves the right of final selection.

Documents for submission to AIMS:

  • DAAD application form duly filled (available in the DAAD-Portal)
  • Hand signed curriculum vitae (please use the European specimen form at http://europass.dedefop. Please include a list of publication (if applicable)
  • Recommendation letter by university supervisors (MSc and PhD)
  • Letter of admission from the host university
  • Certified copies of university degree certificates including transcripts
  • Letter of motivation
  • Detailed / full research proposal (including detailed work plan and time table)
  • Abstract of the proposal (1page, including name and title of the proposal)

Incomplete applications or applications that reaches AIMS after the above mentioned deadline will not be conisdered.

Second Step

  • AIMS will inform applicants of the final selection results and pre-selected candidates will be asked to log into the DAAD portal and register themselves and submit a DAAD application. The closing date for the online application is 30 November 2017.

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.


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