University of Sydney

Program ID: 382-IVP [#19272]
Program Title: SMRI International Visitor Program [Deadline: 9 August 2022 (11.59 AEST)]
Program Type: Other
Program Location: Sydney Australia, New South Wales 2006, Australia [map] sort by distance
Application Deadline: 2022/08/09 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/06/10, finished 2023/02/11, listed until 2022/08/09)
Program Description:    

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The Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI) International Visitor Program: applications open

The IVP2022 Round 2 applications are now open. Researchers in the mathematical sciences from international and Australian universities who wish to do research at SMRI either individually or as part of a group of collaborators are warmly invited to apply.

This round is for visits taking place between July 2023–June 2024 for general applicants, and March 2023–June 2024 for Australian citizens/permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

Applications will close on 9 August 2022 (11.59 AEST).

Applications with the information requested in the terms and conditions can be made through the webform found on the IVP webpage.

If you have existing or potential research collaborators who may want to spend some time working at SMRI, please direct them to the website and encourage them to apply.

Terms and Conditions

Deadline for application: 11.59pm (Sydney time), Tuesday 9 August 2022

For visits within the period: July 2023 – June 2024 for general applicants, March 2023 – June 2024 for Australian citizens/permanent residents and New Zealand citizens

(NB: The next application deadline is expected to be in February 2023. The visit window for that round is likely to start in January 2024 for general applicants.)

Applications must be submitted using the online form on the Sydney Mathematical Research Institute website:

International Visitor Program


Applications for visits not meeting the following conditions may be accepted in special circumstances with prior arrangement. In cases where an arranged visit cannot go ahead as planned, because of disruptions to international travel or other unexpected factors, it may be possible to reschedule the visit for a later period subject to consultation. Please direct questions to the Institute’s Executive Officer, Kate Doyle, .

(1) At the time of application, applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree. Applicants must be employed, or know that they will be employed at the time of the proposed visit, by a university, institute, laboratory or other similar organisation located outside Australia. If the application is successful, their employer would be expected to approve their research visit to Australia and their entering into a research affiliation with The University of Sydney for the period of that research visit. Note that International Visitor Program funding does not include any salary.

(2) Applicants should have an established program of research in the mathematical sciences (ANZSRC Division 49) and the potential to collaborate with Australia-based researchers in these areas.

(3) Applicants should propose a research visit to Australia, within the period specified for the application round, of at least 4 weeks’ duration, of which at least 2 weeks are to be spent visiting SMRI at The University of Sydney. Please note that the International Visitor Program funding can provide living allowance for at most 18 weeks, so any visit longer than this will require additional funding from other sources.

(4) A group of at most 3 applicants may propose to visit Australia at the same or overlapping times, to collaborate with Australia-based researchers on a common project. In this case, each applicant must satisfy the eligibility conditions, and each applicant must complete the application form and upload their own CV. For convenience of automated processing, we request that each applicant in a group upload a research proposal, even if these files are identical among the group. (5) In addition to their proposed research project, applicants are invited to propose additional research-related activities during their visit to Australia. These include lecture series which they could give and/or a short workshop which they could organize during their visit to SMRI, with the assistance of SMRI staff. We also invite the proposal of a themed semester program that an applicant (or group of applicants) could lead at SMRI over the course of a 12 week period aligned with Semester 2 (August to October) 2023 or Semester 1 (March to June) 2024. All such activities should be designed so as to be accessible, at least in part, to an online audience, and be of interest to a largely local or domestic audience.

(6) Applicants must identify, at each Australian university at which they propose to spend at least 2 weeks in total (including The University of Sydney), an academic staff member there who has agreed to be the host of that part of the visit. If the visit includes at least 2 weeks spent at 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 that part of the visit. Hosts will be contacted to confirm their support for the visit, including any potential financial contribution, and their comments will be taken into account in assessing the benefit of the proposed visit. The location at which the applicant proposes to spend the most time will be deemed the primary location of the visit, and the comments of the primary host will be given particular weight. Some funding is reserved for visits where the primary host is a staff member of the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Sydney.

(7) Applicants may nominate up to two academic referees, who are not among the hosts of the proposed visit and who are willing to be contacted by the Chair of the SMRI Scientific Advisory Committee for their confidential comments on the applicant’s research track record, if requested, in the month following the application deadline. Members of the Scientific Advisory Committee of SMRI are eligible to act as referees, in accordance with the committee’s policy on conflicts of interest, and provided they are not among the hosts of the proposed visit.


Selection Criteria

Successful applications will be selected by the SMRI Scientific Advisory Committee, as named on the website, and other expert colleagues as required. The selection criteria are:

• Applicant's research track record, assessed relative to opportunity (taking into account time since PhD and any research career interruptions).

• Benefits of the proposed visit, including any associated seminars or workshops, for Australian research in the mathematical sciences.

• Considerations of diversity, equity and inclusion in relation to, for example, field of research within the mathematical sciences, gender of applicant and host(s), and number of years post PhD of applicant and host(s).

Diversity Applications from female and gender-diverse researchers, researchers employed in developing countries and/or researchers belonging to other groups which are underrepresented in the mathematical sciences, are particularly encouraged.


Successful applicants who are not Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents will be assisted by University of Sydney staff in their application for an Australian visa suitable for their research activities, which is a prerequisite of the IVP.


Funding determined by the committee is to be considered a contribution towards an academic’s visit and, in some cases, may not cover all costs.

Successful applicants may receive funding of up to A$1000 per week, up to a maximum of 18 weeks (paid in instalments), to assist with accommodation and local expenses during their visit. In addition, successful applicants may obtain reimbursement of one return economy airfare or equivalent amount up to a maximum, depending on the country of origin, and one visa application fee, if appropriate. Where academics are travelling with dependants, aged between 0-17 at the time of the proposed visit, an additional family allowance, calculated as 25% of the agreed living allowance (regardless of the number of dependants) will be granted. If required, SMRI staff can provide information on local accommodation and transport, as well as childcare and school options for those travelling with children. Note that all benefits depend on a signed agreement with The University of Sydney, identity verification, and the presentation of receipts in the case of airfare or visa fee reimbursement.

Sharing application information

By submitting an application to the International Visitor Program, you consent that the uploaded files, and other information in the application form, may be shared with SMRI staff and Scientific Advisory Committee members as well as with the nominated host(s) 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, will be posted on the Institute’s website. 

Application uploads

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

• an up-to-date CV including current employment, date of PhD completion, details of any research career interruptions, and *full publication list;

• a 1–2 page outline of a proposed research visit to Australia meeting the above conditions, including proposed arrival and departure dates, proposed dates spent at each location, some details of the research project(s) you will work on and any current or potential collaborators, and a brief description of any additional research-related activities you propose.

*If you have your CV and publication list in separate files, please combine them into one PDF before upload.

In case of repeat applications, the most recent will be used.


If you have any questions about the conditions of the International Visitor Program, or any further queries about a potential visit to Australia, please contact the Institute’s Executive Officer, Kate Doyle, at

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