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2018 African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Scholarships for Africans- How To Apply!

Applications are currently ongoing for the DAAD-African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Scholarships for African Students. Interested students can see the details and apply if eligible. Submission deadline for the scholarship is 15th November 2018.

DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, in association with AIMS, provides six in-region scholarships for a PhD programme in Mathematical Sciences. These scholarships are available to students wishing to commence a PhD programme at a South African University.

Eligible for Countries for the Scholarship:

Sub-Saharan African (excluding South Africa) countries

Host Country:

South Africa

  • The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, 6-8 Melrose Road, Muizenberg 7945, South Africa;
  • Stellenbosch University,
  • University of Cape Town,
  • University of the Western Cape

Fields of Study:

Research fields considered include mathematical sciences.

Scholarship Type:


Eligibility for African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Scholarships:


  • have successfully completed generally a two-year university degree (doctoral candidates) with above average results (upper forth of class)
  • clearly show motivation and strong commitment
  • have thorough knowledge of the language of instruction
  • have completed their last university degree not more than 6 years ago at the time of application
  • must be nationals or permanent resident of a Sub-Saharan African Country, excluding South Africa
  • should generally be a) staff member of a public university, b) candidate considered for teaching or research staff recruitment, c) from the public sector

Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme.

What are the benefits of the scholarship?

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.

DAAD In-Country/In-Region scholarship holders are also encouraged to apply for a research stay in Germany for 3 up to 6 months. Please note: The short-term research stay in Germany should preferably be announced in the application
for the regular scholarship and can only be awarded if the necessary financial means are available.

The short-term research scholarship includes:

  • a monthly scholarship payment for living costs which amounts to 1.200 (PhD students) and 850 (Master students) EUR per month
  • health/accident/personal liability insurance
  • a flat-rate travel allowance

All further details regarding additional benefits and the additional application processes will be provided after admission to the scholarship programme.

What is the duration of the scholarship?

The duration of the PhD programme is generally three years generally starting in January 2019

How to Apply for the Programme

The online portal for applications is now open and applications and will close on 15 November 2018. It is important to go through the Application and Selection Procedure in the Scholarship Webpage before applying.

Scholarship Webpage

Application Deadline:

15th November 2018.


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