Postgraduate (MSc and PhD) research students and postdoctoral fellows are an integral part of the research ecosystem at AIMS. They are either self-funded or funded through various instruments/research programs that are implemented at AIMS Research Centres. They work as part of a research team to contribute to the research environment while growing professionally.

Applicants are welcomed to apply into the AIMS Masters by Research Program, the AIMS Doctoral Training Program or the AIMS Postdoctoral Research Fellows Program based on their academic status.

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Research (AIMS Research) is pleased to invite prospective postgraduate students who hold a Master’s degree in any mathematical science discipline to apply for one of eight PhD bursaries available through the AIMS Doctoral Training Program (ADTP).  This program seeks to address the shortage of qualified PhD holders in core Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines on the continent who would eventually contribute to teaching, research and innovation in Africa.

Successful candidates with an interest in climate change science will each benefit from financial support of up to CAD 16, 500 per annum for the three year duration of their PhD study. They will be based at one of the seven existing AIMS Research Centres, including Quantum Leap Africa. Beneficiaries may be registered in any recognized institution of higher learning located in the same country as the host AIMS Research Centre. Funding will be provided for students and their supervisors to attend one research school that will take place at AIMS Rwanda.


  • Applicants can be from any country.
  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree (or a recognized equivalent) in any field related to mathematical sciences before the start date of this position.
  • Applicants should be interested in undertaking research within the climate change sciences and its related areas.
  • Knowledge in mathematical modelling would be an advantage.
  • Applicants must be open-minded, and must be willing to conduct their PhD research at their preferred AIMS Research Centre, or a designated partner institution in the same host country.

Financial Information

This is a three year research position with a maximum total cost to AIMS of CAD 49,500. The cost includes a return flight ticket from the candidate’s home/institution to the AIMS Research Centre, tuition (if applicable), visa application, accommodation, living support, and health insurance.

Application Process

Applications should be submitted using the online application form, and should contain the following supporting documents:

Your supporting documents should be ready for submission before you complete the online application form. Supporting documents should be saved as pdfs in the format: “name of the researchprogram_type of_document_AIMSentity/centre_monthyear_applicant’s name-surname”. For instance, the personal details form should be saved as “adtp_personaldetails_AIMSRwanda_Dec2018_SarahJake”.

Two academic referees from tertiary institutions should email confidential letters of support on your behalf to using the subject line: adtp_supportletter_AIMSentity/centre_month/year_applicant’s name-surname’ e.g. ‘adtp_AIMSRwanda_Jun2018_JohnJake’. It is your responsibility to ensure that these letters of support are sent and received. Ensure to also download and send the ‘Instructions for Referee’ document and the above email address to your respective referees.


The call for applications will remain open until the required number of doctoral fellows are recruited. Only complete applications with required documents will be considered.

Contact Information

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