African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

In July 2015, the University of Chicago and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) signed a partnership to bring UChicago faculty members and scientists from Argonne National Laboratory to AIMS Centers. The partnership encourages UChicago faculty to collaborate with AIMS faculty in the development of new curriculum and experimental program content, and to explore joint research projects and future academic collaborations. The program is also designed to help UChicago faculty identify prospective students and invite them to apply to UChicago graduate programs. (Read the news article here.)

About AIMS

The AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative is a pan-African network that offers outstanding training in the mathematical sciences to African students. Its goal is to advance critical inquiry and creative thinking, and to develop well-rounded scientists who can contribute to expanding scientific knowledge and applications across the African continent and around the world. 

AIMS institutes are extremely selective and all students are provided with full scholarships, which include travel, room and board.  Graduates of AIMS have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in various fields in the United States and Europe. AIMS is currently located in six countries:  South Africa, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, Tanzania, and Rwanda. For more information, see

Academic Program Structure

The academic year at AIMS centers consists of three phases: the skills, review, and research phases, each subdivided into modular three-week blocks. Following the completion of these phases, the students carry out an individual research project lasting 10 weeks. The research phase ends with the students presenting the findings of their research project in a written report as well as orally in front of an examination committee. The academic year at AIMS ends with a graduation ceremony, at which successful students are granted the degree of Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences.

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  • Student cohorts are selected by an international selection committee that make a rigorous assessment of academic achievement and promise, as well as taking into account the language, gender, subject major, and nationality of each applicant.
  • Students accepted for the program hold, as a minimum, a four-year Bachelor’s or corresponding degree in mathematics or any science or engineering subject with a substantial mathematics component.
  • The small group setting and the residential nature of the AIMS program creates an intense learning environment that is supported by graduate student preceptors, high-quality computers, internet, and library resources.


  • Every year, approximately 25 faculty from leading local and international universities, including Nobel laureates and Fields medalists, volunteer to teach at each AIMS center, providing students with the latest knowledge in their own respective fields.
  • Faculty members teach a three-week course at AIMS in a topic selected for the Master’s program and helps students connect with the global scientific and mathematical community.
  • AIMS Lecturers work with graduate student tutors who provide general assistance with the academic program, including preparation of materials and group and personal tutorials.
  • Click here to apply to teach a course at AIMS


  • Faculty members and Master’s students are supported by advanced doctoral student preceptors, or tutors, who attend assigned classes, give tutorials, offer supplemental lectures, and work individually and in groups with students.  
  • Click here to apply to be a preceptor at AIMS