International Visitor Program

The University of Sydney - Mathematical Research Institute
with the support of the School of Mathematics and Statistics

Applications have closed for visits in the period from May to December 2019.
The next application round, for visits in the period from November 2019 to July 2020,
is expected to open before the end of 2018.

The University of Sydney is establishing a mathematical research institute with the help of generous philanthropic donations. The core business of this new institute is the International Visitor Program supporting research visits to Australia by international researchers in the mathematical sciences.
(1) Applicants must have a current affiliation, as academic staff member or PhD student, with a university or research institution located outside Australia, which would be expected to approve the proposed visit. Note that International Visitor Program funding does not include any salary or stipend.
(2) Applicants should have an established program of research in the mathematical sciences (ANZSRC Division 01) and the potential to collaborate with Australia-based researchers in these areas.
(3) Applicants should propose a research visit to Australia of 1-8 months duration, within the period specified for the application round, of which at least 2 weeks are to be spent at The University of Sydney.
(4) Applicants must identify an Australian university or research institution as the primary location of their proposed visit, and an academic staff member there who has agreed to be the proposed host of the visit. Some funding is reserved for visits whose proposed host is in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Sydney. If the primary location of the proposed visit is the mathematical research institute MATRIX, an Australian organiser of the MATRIX research program to which the applicant has been invited should be designated as the host of the visit.
(5) In addition to the proposed host, applicants must identify two academic referees who are familiar with the applicant's research and who have agreed to be contacted by the selection committee if necessary.
(6) Applicants proposing to spend more than 3 months at The University of Sydney should give the title and brief description of a lecture course they propose to give on a topic relating to their research. This course should be of at least 10 hours and should be accessible to PhD students in the same research area. Please note that it may not be feasible to run every proposed course.

Applications for visits not meeting these conditions may be accepted in special circumstances with prior arrangement. Please direct questions about the conditions to

Applications will be considered by a selection committee chaired by Institute Director Geordie Williamson and including representatives of other Australian universities and the international mathematical community. A sub-committee drawn from the School of Mathematics and Statistics will assist in ranking those applications whose primary location is The University of Sydney. The selection criteria are:

Successful applicants may receive funding of up to A$4500 per month to assist with accommodation and other local expenses during their visit, in addition to reimbursement of one return economy airfare or equivalent amount. They will be assisted by Institute staff in their Australian visa application, if required, and in locating suitable accommodation for their stay in Sydney. Note that funding and reimbursement will depend on a signed agreement with The University of Sydney, the presentation of receipts and identity verification.

Please note that the application form requires the upload of three separate PDF files:

By submitting an application you consent that these files, and other information in the application form, may be shared with selection committee members and associated administrative staff as well as with the nominated host and academic referees, if necessary. This information will not be used for any purpose other than the ranking and selection of applicants and the compiling of anonymised reports on the selection process. A list of successful applicants, with the dates and other details of their visits once confirmed, will be posted on the Institute’s web-site.
* Required

Personal Details:

Title *

First name(s)/given name(s) *

Last name(s)/family name(s) *

Email address *

Web page

Nationality *

Gender *

Are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander? *

Do you have a disability requiring work-related adjustment? *

If "Yes", what assistance is required?

Number and nationality of any accompanying family members (adults or children)

Professional Details:

Current Institution *

Department/school or equivalent

Position at Current Institution *

Date of PhD completion or expected completion *

Primary field of research in the mathematical sciences *

Research Keywords *

Visit Data:

Commencement date of proposed visit to Australia *

End date of proposed visit to Australia *

Is The University of Sydney the primary location of your proposed visit? *

If "Yes", please select the proposed host of your visit
        Other (please enter):

If "No", please enter:
        Primary location:
        Title and name of proposed host:
        Email address of proposed host:


Do you have other confirmed or potential sources of funding for this visit? *

If "Yes", list the funding agencies, current status (confirmed, under consideration, not yet applied), amount and purpose of the funding.

First Academic Referee:

Title and Name *

Institution *

Email address *

Second Academic Referee:

Title and Name *

Institution *

Email address *


Upload a Curriculum Vitae (PDF format) including details of any research career interruptions *

Publication List:

Upload a complete list of your publications (PDF format) *

Proposed Research Visit:

Upload a 1-2 page (PDF format) outline of your proposed research visit to Australia, including a rough itinerary identifying a primary location and host, a research plan including proposed collaborations with Australia-based researchers, and a proposed lecture course if applicable *

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