AIMS Small Research Grants in Climate Change Science For African Scientists

Application Deadline: July 30, 2018

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI; invites early career African academics of postdoctoral standing to apply for the AIMS Small Research Grants in Climate Change Science.


The objectives of the AIMS Small Research Grants Program in Climate Change Science are to provide funding:

  • to support the development of early career African academics of postdoctoral standing (or equivalent) who are seeking to establish an independent research/professional
  • career in the climate change science discipline or the mathematical sciences with applications in climate change;
  • for new, and innovative, cutting-edge projects including industry-led, community-, and policy-driven projects in climate change science that make substantive use of mathematical concepts;
  • to support proof-of-concept or pilot projects that are geared towards addressing a well defined climate change challenge in Africa;
  • for projects that will promote uptake of research-based outputs/results in climate change science for the benefit of countries in Africa and the world at large; and
  • to increase intra- and inter-continental interactions between AIMS Centres of Excellence and other institutions

Who can apply: African Scientists

Type: Grant

Award Provider: 

This Small Research Grants Program in Climate Change Science is made possible by a grant from the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada,, and financial support from the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada (GAC),, under the Mathematical Sciences for Climate Change Resilience Program administered by the AIMS Global Secretariat.

Number of Awards: Not Known

Value: Projects will be supported for a period of 6 to 12 months at a non-recurring maximum cost of USD 10,000 per Grantee.


  • Applicants should be of African descent but could be residing anywhere in the world. 
  • Applicants must hold a doctorate in a quantitative discipline including, but not limited to, applied mathematics, climatology, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistical ecology, or engineering. 
  • Applicants not based in Africa must be able to hold the grant in an institution on the continent.
  •  Applicants should demonstrate evidence of research in either climate change science with applications of mathematical concepts or in mathematical sciences with practical applications to climate change adaptation, mitigation or resilience. 
  • Applicants should demonstrate expertise or ability to (co-)supervise Master’s and/or PhD students if intending to establish a research group/team. Such a research group/team could be established in collaboration with a senior project advisor. The Grantee must have a recognized (co-)supervisory role in the project. 
  • Applicants should demonstrate an ability to translate climate change science research concepts into applicable solutions or recommendations. This is particularly important for proof-of-concept, pilot, industry-led, policy-, and community-driven projects. 
  • Applicants must be willing to hold an affiliation at an AIMS Centre of their choice and spend a portion of their grant time in that Centre as a visiting researcher, should the need arise. 
  • Applicants should be willing to actively participate in a conference that will be organized as part of the Mathematical Sciences for Climate Change Resilience program. 
  • Applicants must be willing to contribute to a non-technical publication/bulletin which will highlight their work.

Application Procedure:

Email the following documents in a single attachment to (with the subject line “MS4CR small grants – first and last name of applicant”) by 23:59 CAT on 30 July 2018: 

  • a completed personal details form, 
  • a completed project proposal form, 
  • a curriculum vitae, 
  • a letter of motivation, 
  • an electronic copy of three significant publications in climate change science.

Three referees should email confidential letters of support directly to (with the subject line “MS4CR small grant application support letter – first and last name of applicant”) on or before the application deadline. Applicants should provide their referees with a copy of the Terms of Reference for the Small Research Grants and the Instructions for Referees.

Only complete applications received by the application deadline will be considered.


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