Atiyah UK-Lebanon Fellowships

Atiyah UK-Lebanon Fellowships


This scheme has been set up in memory of Sir Michael Atiyah (1929-2019). Sir Michael’s father was Lebanese and he retained strong links with the Lebanon throughout his life. 

The scheme is operated in partnership with the Centre for Advanced Mathematical Sciences at the American University of Beirut. CAMS was founded in 1999 through the efforts of an international group of scientists with the primary goal of becoming the premier centre of excellence for research in the mathematical sciences in the Middle East, and itself owes much to the dedicated efforts of Sir Michael who was a frequent visitor. 


To provide for an established UK based mathematician to visit the Lebanon as an Atiyah Fellow for a period of between one week up to 6 months, or alternatively for a mathematician from the Lebanon of any level, in particular promising advanced level students from the AUB, to visit the UK to further their study or research for a period of up to 12 months.

Part 1.  For mathematicians from the UK visiting the Lebanon.


  • At the time of application, the Fellow must either hold a post at a UK University or otherwise demonstrate strong links to the UK. 
  • The award will normally be held at CAMS where resources may be provided to direct the thematic semester-long activities around the expertise of the Fellow and his or her colleagues. It is expected that during their tenure the awardee will deliver lectures and/or an advanced course or courses either at AUB or other University in the Lebanon, and will engage and interact with members of the Lebanese mathematical community, in particular with advanced students. Visits should be at least one week in duration; Fellows are encouraged if circumstances allow to be in residence for at least three and up to six months. It is desirable that the period should include an entire semester, that is, either September - mid-December or February – May. Applications involving several short visits over a period of up to two years may also be considered. During the course of their tenure the Fellow should deliver talks at at least one of the other institutions with mathematical interests in the country: in addition to AUB, these are the Lebanese University, St Joseph University, Notre Dame University, the Lebanese American University and the Beirut Arab University.
  •  Applicants wishing to discuss their plans for their visit to the Lebanon in advance may contact Professor Jihad Touma, Director of CAMS, at or the CAMS officer Ms Hiba Hammoud,
  • Successful candidates will be expected to make their own travel arrangements.  CAMS will be happy to assist Fellows with their visa application.
  • Criteria:  The criterion for the award will be mathematical excellence and willingness and ability to communicate and interact with mathematicians in the host institution. Preference may be given to candidates whose mathematical interests are aligned with those of faculty at the host institution and/or where the most productive interactions are envisaged. 

Value of award:

  • The LMS will pay up to £2,000 towards actual expenses for travel and related expenses, and will pay accommodation and subsistence £1000 per month pro rata for up to 6 months   
  • In addition, AUB will cover accommodation and provision of office space and logistical support. This will be independent of the host institution.
  • There is the possibility of  additional subsistence/payment for agreed teaching.
  • Consideration may be given for additional support to Fellows travelling with a family.

Part 2.  For a mathematician from the Lebanon visiting the UK.


  • The applicant must demonstrate a strong connection with the Lebanon: either through long term residence, or on the basis of having completed study for a degree in that country.
  • The scheme provides funds for a mathematician to visit the UK as an Atiyah Fellow for purposes of study or research for a period of up to 12 months. Applicants must be at least on the level of advanced MSc/PhD students in Mathematics or Mathematical Physics. Applications from mathematicians of a more advanced level to pursue research or collaborations in the UK are also welcome. The application must be supported by a host academic institution in the UK which will be expected to provide normal office and computing facilities.  Bench fees are not payable.
  • Successful candidates will be expected to organise their own travel and visa arrangements. The LMS will supply an official letter which may be used for visa application on request, however it  can take no responsibility for obtaining visa permission for the candidate to enter the UK for these purposes.
  • Criteria: The criterion for the award will be mathematical promise and preparation and/or the perceived benefits to the applicant of a period of study or research in the UK.

Value of award:  

The LMS will pay up to £2,000 towards expenses for travel and related expenses, and will pay accommodation and subsistence £500 per month pro rata for up to 12 months.

Successful candidates will be required to submit their receipts for travel tickets as evidence of travel.       

Additional support will be available for PhD or MSc candidates from AUB in either mathematics or mathematical physics. 

How to apply:

Candidates are asked to provide with their application:

  • a completed application form (see below)
  • a cover letter explaining their plans and how their visit will fit the above criteria
  • a CV
  • list of any publications and pre-prints

Additionally for candidates coming from the Lebanon to the UK:

  • at least two letters of reference and in addition a letter of support from an academic host at the institution where the proposed Fellowship will be held, together with a brief statement of support from its Head of Department. These letters should be emailed by referees directly to the LMS ( by the closing date.

On completion of their tenure, successful Atiyah Fellows will be required to submit a short report on their activities during their stay.

Deadlines and decision timetable:

Applications for Fellowships to be held in the academic year 2021-22 will open soon and are due by October 31st, 2020.  The successful candidate will be notified in December 2020. Requests to defer Fellowships on account of the uncertainty and difficulties caused by both the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent explosion in Beirut will be considered.

Grants Manager:  Elizabeth Fisher Email:

Chair of the Fellowship Panel: Professor Caroline Series FRS

Application forms:

  • For candidates from the UK (Word) (PDF)
  • For candidates from the Lebanon (Word) (PDF)

Report form: