Research Chairs Program

The AIMS Research Chairs Program is a strategic research initiative geared at attracting talented research leaders in various mathematical science disciplines to AIMS Research Centres. The Chair positions are held for periods of at least 3 years with the possibility of being extended depending on outputs and available funding. The Chairs are provided funds to attract, develop and retain younger researchers, attend and host scientific events and organise research exchange visits etc.


Humboldt Research Chairs
With financial support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the AIMS network through the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is benefiting from support to host Research Chairs at its Centres.

The aim of this program is to strengthen university education and research as well as capacity building in mathematical sciences in Africa, promote networking between AIMS Research Centres national and international partner institutions and institutions in Germany.

The first Chair under this program joined the AIMS network in 2013 and is based in Senegal. Four additional Chairs are to be recruited from 2015.


South African Research Chairs

The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) was established in 2006 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). It is designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African public universities through the establishment of Research Chairs at public universities in South Africa with a long-term investment trajectory of up to fifteen years.

Two of the Chairs already appointed under this program are jointly hosted by AIMS South Africa and other institutions/universities in South Africa.

  • Prof. Cang Hui, South African Research Chair in Mathematical and Theoretical Physical Biosciences (mathematical biology) at AIMS South Africa and Stellenbosch University
  • Prof. Romeel Davé, South African Research Chair in Cosmology with Multi-wavelength Data at AIMS South Africa, University of Western Cape and South African Astronomical Observatory

IDRC Junior Research Chairs
Supported by the Canadian IDRC, within the Research for Africa project, the objectives are:

  1. To act as a catalyst to strengthen and grow the current AIMS network research programs;
  2. To position AIMS research centres in Ghana and South Africa as centres of excellence globally;
  3. To contribute towards capacity building of AIMS alumni, positioning them as the next generation of African researchers actively involved in Africa’s socio-economic growth through mathematical science research initiatives.

AIMS South Africa and AIMS Ghana are jointly hosting the two Chairs appointed within this program.

  • Dr Gaston Kuzamunu Muzandu, IDRC Junior Research Chair (Biomathematics)
  • Dr Wilfred Ndifon, IDRC Junior Research Chair (Biomathematics)

AIMS ARETÉ Junior Research Chair

This Research Chair program was created by AIMS in collaboration with Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany). It is geared at supporting excellent young scientists and enhancing research on the African continent. ARETÉ in this case stands both for its Greek meaning of excellence and realisation of potential as well as the acronym “African Research, Education and Teaching Excellence”.

Launched in 2013 the program offers high-profile and pioneering 5-year Junior Research Chair positions to young and emerging African researchers who have acquired profound international professional/research experience outside of Africa, and are interested in international class research and in supporting the academic development of their home country and/or other African countries.

AIMS South Africa is hosting the first ARETÉ Chair

  • Dr Antoine Tambue, ARETE Junior Research Chair (Foundations and scientific computing)