AIMS Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Research Program in Canada

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.

Additional opportunities may be available through AIMS Research Centres in: AIMS-CameroonAIMS-GhanaAIMS-SenegalAIMS-South AfricaAIMS-TanzaniaAIMS-RwandaQuantum Leap Africa.


Current opportunities

AIMS postgraduate and postdoctoral research opportunities in the climate change sciences

Through 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, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Research (AIMS Research) is pleased to invite prospective postdoctoral fellows (PhD holders) and postgraduate (PhD and MSc) students to apply for one of 15 postdoctoral fellowships, eight PhD and 16 Masters by Research bursaries in the climate change sciences and their related disciplines.

Funds will be provided for projects on any topic that is relevant to the understanding, modeling, and/or response to climate change. Projects must have a substantial quantitative content. The ideal project will combine theory with data, and will have one or more practitioners as collaborators. However, exclusively theoretical projects may also qualify for funding.

To learn more about each of the climate change science opportunities and to apply, click on the tab titles below:

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Research (AIMS Research) is pleased to invite prospective postdoctoral fellows who hold a PhD degree in any mathematical science discipline to apply for one of fifteen postdoctoral fellowships available through the AIMS Postdoctoral Research Fellows Program in climate change science. This is in response to an urgent need to increase the number of high-end researchers who, with limited supervision, can conduct cutting-edge mathematical science research in Africa.

AIMS postdoctoral research fellows in climate change science will each benefit from financial support of up to CAD 32,000 per annum for a maximum duration of two years, extendable subject to approval. They will be based at one of the seven existing AIMS Research Centres, including Quantum Leap Africa. Beneficiaries may be affiliated to any recognized institution of higher learning located in the same country as the host AIMS Research Centre. Funding will be provided for fellows and their supervisors to attend one research school that will take place at AIMS Rwanda.

Download the complete call for applications. 


  • Applicants can be from any country.
  • Applicants must hold at least a PhD 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/interest in mathematical modelling would be an advantage.
  • Applicants must be open-minded, and must be willing to conduct their research at their preferred AIMS Research Centre, or a designated partner institution in the same host country. The designated partner institution could be an academic/research institution or a non-academic institution (e.g. industry).

Financial Information

This is a two year extendable research position with a maximum total cost to AIMS of CAD 32,000 per annum. 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.

How to Apply

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 “AIMSPostdoc_personaldetails_AIMSRwanda_Dec2018_SarahJake”.

Two academic referees from tertiary institutions should email confidential letters of support on your behalf to  aimspostdoc using the subject line: AIMSPostdoc_supportletter_AIMSentity/centre_month/year_applicant’s name-surname’ e.g. ‘AIMSPostdoc _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 Fellows are recruited. Only complete applications with required documents will be considered.

Selection and Award

Applications shall be vetted by a committee consisting of expert researchers from AIMS, at least one external expert, and a representative from the AIMS Global Secretariat.  Successful candidates will be contacted and will be expected to commence their research at the AIMS Research Centre within three months of receiving an award letter.

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