Grad Student Opportunities

The UChicago-AIMS faculty working group announces an opportunity for University of Chicago graduate students to serve as preceptors for the AIMS Master’s Program in Mathematical Sciences. The fellowship spans a period of a minimum of 5 months, but may be extended up to 10 months. Preceptors, or tutors,  will be working with faculty and students at one of the six AIMS Centers (located in South AfricaSenegalGhanaCameroonTanzania, and Rwanda). All students have obtained bachelor’s degrees in mathematics or science from universities in Africa. Preceptors will assist with courses being taught by faculty in three-week modules, which span a variety of topics in the mathematical sciences (e.g. physics, statistics, financial mathematics, computer science, informatics or other related fields). Applicants should be enrolled in a PhD program and pursuing research in a field that uses mathematical methods. Applicants should also possess strong pedagogical and interpersonal skills.

Serving as a tutor for AIMS presents an intensive and exciting opportunity for UChicago graduate students to work closely with internationally-renowned faculty and interact with top-tier students from around the African continent. Faculty and graduate students who have participated in this program describe it as transformative, and credit it with invigorating their research agendas and enriching their pedagogical skills and commitments.

The tutors' responsibilities include:

  • Attending classes and supporting faculty
  • Leading tutorials that complement faculty-led lectures and discussions
  • Assisting students in the design, research, and writing of capstone essays
  • Working with AIMS staff to help manage IT, logistics, and administration of the center

Teaching is conducted in English (at AIMS Senegal courses may also be taught in French), but knowledge of another language (e.g. Arabic, Amharic, French, Wolof, etc.) may be useful. Tutors will receive a monthly stipend of the local equivalent of USD $1000.00. All tutors will live on-site, and the AIMS Centers provide a private room as well as board; each Center also offers 24-hour access to computers, internet, and library resources. Travel expenses between AIMS Centers and UChicago, as well as medical insurance for the duration of the stay, will be covered.

Prospective tutors should submit a cover letter, a 2-page CV and two references to Prof. Paul Wiegmann of the UChicago-AIMS faculty working group at by December 31, 2016 for tutoring opportunities starting the following fall or winter.

For additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact Marie Bejarano at the Global Engagement Office at or 773-702-5504.