October 27, 2017

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) is offering Postdoctoral fellowship in Subsaharan Africa at African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Cameroon


DAAD as a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany, promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programmes. The purpose of the programme is to provide opportunities to post-doctoral researchers to conduct co-operative research at AIMS Cameroon, under the guidance of the research chair holder. The programme is designed to support post-doctoral training. There is also a teaching responsibility and teaching language will be in English.

The Research Chair programme at AIMS is one of the strategic initiatives aimed at attracting talented researchers who are able to establish research groups within the mathematical sciences and its applications at AIMS centres. Objectives of the AIMS Research Chair programme include: postgraduate and postdoctoral research; capacity building and fostering collaborations among AIMS centres and other national, regional, and global institutions including industry.

Who can apply?

Applicants have to:

  • have completed their PhD degree less than three years ago.
  • be current or prospective teaching or research staff at an international university or research institution.
  • be preferably nationals of a Sub-Saharan African country.

How to apply?
Click here for application instructions:
Applications will be received latest by November 9, 2017.

Eligible Fields
Mathematical Analysis
Preferably applicants with a strong background in Quantitative and/or Numerical Analysis of Partial Differential Equations and their applications in real world problems.

The fellowship is tenable at AIMS Cameroon, located in Limbe, a pleasant coastal town in the South West Region of Cameroon, about two hours from Douala International Airport.

What can be funded?
The objective for fellows is to undertake research during the tenure of the award. The project should not be a reworking or mere extension of the candidate’s doctoral research project.

In addition: The selected candidate is expected to have a team spirit, participate in the scientific activities and animations at AIMS Cameroon as well as at University of Buea and University of Yaoundé 1.

Duration of the funding
The awards are tenable for a period of two years

The fellowship consists of:

  • A travel allowance to participate in international conferences: 2000 EUR
  • a monthly instalment: 1000 EUR
  • a personal lump sum of 100 Euro/month (for work-visa etc)
  • The incumbent is obliged to conclude an insurance policy (health/accident/personal liability).

What requirements must be met?
Applicants have to

  • have completed their PhD degree less than three years ago.
  • be current or prospective teaching or research staff at an international university or research institution.
  • be preferably nationals of a Sub-Saharan African country.

At the end of the fellowship the fellow has to provide a detailed report on the findings of the research signed by the hosting professor at AIMS Cameroon.

Language skills

Application documents
Applicants will be required to register online via the DAAD-Portal:  (see boelow)

Documents to be submitted

  • DAAD application form duly filled (available in the DAAD-Portal).
  • Curriculum Vitae (please use the europass specimen form at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu), including list of publications (if applicable).
  • Research proposal (maximum 5 pages) including detailed time and work plan which must have been arranged in advance with the chair holder.
  • 2 recommendation letters by academic referees.
  • PhD certificate (certified as true copy of the original certificate).
  • Master’s certificate (certified as true copy of the original certificate).

Application deadline
Applications can be handed in until November 9, 2017
Please send a copy of your application to Prof. Dr. Gisèle Mophou at AIMS Cameroon via the following address by email:

Information and advisory centres

Margot Weiler-Wohlfarth
Cooperation projects in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn

General information on the application via DAAD portal

You can access the DAAD portal by clicking “Application portal” at the end of the page. Here you will find an online application form in which you can enter your application data.

This is what you have to do:
1. Register in the DAAD portal (Read notes about registering in the portal >>)
2. Applying online in the DAAD portal (Read notes on applying in the portal >>)

  • Download and complete the online application form
  • Prepare application documents
  • Scan paper documents and save in PDF format. Please note that you can only upload PDF files to the portal.
  • Upload the completed application form and the required appendices to the portal in PDF format.

Please note:
If you have any technical questions or problems your local information and advice centres could not help you with, please do not hesitate to contact our technical Portal hotline: +49 (0228) 882-888 or via e-mail portal@daad.de, open every weekday from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm CET and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm CET.
Please consider this when you are planning your application.

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