Young African Mathematicians (YAM) – Bonn Visitor Program

Sefah Frimpong, Photo: (c) Volker Lannert

Sefah Frimpong, the first person to receive a scholarship under the YAM program, spent October to December 2021 studying and researching at the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (HCM).

„Above all, it is fascinating to have so many experts from different areas of mathematics in one place. There is always someone you can turn to with any problem.“ 

You can read the full interview here.

What is the aim of YAM?

YAM enables young, talented and highly motivated African graduates of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) to get to know the HCM in Bonn and immerse themselves in a field of academic and research excellence. This insight into a highly skilled international research environment is intended to have a lasting influence on their continuing personal and professional development.

For Franca Hoffmann, Bonn Junior Fellow at HCM and initiator of the YAM program, mathematics forms a link between different disciplines and cultures. Here you can find an interview with Franca Hoffmann in the University's journal forsch (in German language).

Who can enter the YAM program, and how do they go about it?

The young mathematicians go through a competitive selection process in which each AIMS center nominates two graduates and presents them to the selection committee. The motivation and commitment of the nominees are also particularly important selection criteria alongside their academic track record. Ultimately, three candidates are chosen to receive the scholarship and invited to Bonn for one to six months within the space of a year. As well as offering close academic and personal supervision, the scholarship also covers travel expenses.

Our partners in the YAM program

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Using funds from the Excellence Strategy, the University of Bonn is supporting the initiative in the subproject entitled “WE create Impact: Kooperationen im Globalen Süden” (“partnerships in the Global South”).

International Office – Section 6.3
– Partnerships and networks
Website "Focus on Africa"