German Research Chair “Mathematics and its Applications” at AIMS Rwanda

mathematicians holding a doctoral degree
all countries
funding of up to €560,000

The closing date for applications has passed. We are no longer accepting applications for the German Research Chair in “Mathematics and its Applications” at AIMS Rwanda.

Strengthen mathematical higher education and research in Africa

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is issuing an international call for applications for a research chair at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciencesin Kigali, Rwanda.

The research chair is designed to help strengthen mathematical higher educationand research in Africa, promote networking between AIMS Rwanda and German higher education institutions and support networking amongst the various AIMS centres in Africa. It is funded through the “German Research Chairs” initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

AIMS Rwanda is part of the AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI), which seeks to establish a coordinated network of supra-regional centres of excellence in Africa. Further AIMS centres are located in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana and Cameroon.

The chair holder will simultaneously be appointed to a university in Rwanda.

For more information please see the AIMS Rwanda programme information.

What we offer

The research chair will receive funding of up to 560,000 euros for initially four years. This money may be used to cover

  • the salary attached to the research chair, to be determined depending on your career stage
  • relocation costs
  • research stays in Germany
  • participation in conferences in Rwanda and abroad
  • expenses for organising workshops and conferences at the AIMS centre
  • specialist literature, equipment and expendable materials at the AIMS centre

We moreover offer access to a wide range of alumni sponsorship measures throughout your professional career, for example to help you maintain and expand contacts to collaborative partners in Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will provide you with further funding for cooperating with German higher education institutions and to supportnetworking among AIMS centres (doctoral candidates, mobility) once you have taken up post.

You must meet the following criteria

We invite you to apply for the German Research Chair in "Mathematics and its Applications” at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Rwanda if you

  • have completed your doctorate and established an internationally outstanding research record in mathematics and its applications
  • have several years of experience in research, teaching, and supervising students and, ideally, doctoral candidates
  • conduct application-relevant research into topics with the potential to contribute to the development of the African continent
  • would like to initiate academic collaborations with colleagues at German higher education institutions
  • are willing to relocate to, live and work in Rwanda for the duration of the funding period

Please see the programme information for the full application requirements.

How to apply

You may only apply online. When filling in the online application form, please observe the guidelines for completing the application and the information on required documents. If you are uncertain, we will be happy to advise you: GermanResearchChairs[at]

The application deadline was 15 May 2020.

The selection procedure

An independent Selection Committee that also includes representatives of AIMS Rwanda and AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative will select the appointee to the researchchair based on an independent peer review. As part of a pre-selection process, suitable candidates will be invited to Rwanda in the autumn of 2020 to present their work. We will inform applicants of the outcome immediately after the Selection Committee has made its choice.


The Humboldt Foundation expects applicants and funding recipients to abide by the Rules of Good Scientific Practice (PDF) and the Principles of Ethics in Science.

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