Call for applications


Call for applications in 2023

The Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IMPAN) in Warsaw announces a program of mathematical semesters supported by the Simons Foundation and invites applications for concentrated scientific activity in 2023.

Possible starting dates:

  • between January 1, 2023 and March 1, 2023 (for the 3- 4 months-long period)
    between June 1, 2023 and July 1, 2023 (for the 2-3 months-long period)
    between September 1, 2023 and November 1, 2023 (for the 3- 4 months-long period)

Based on the experience of the recent Simons Semesters program (2015-2019), IMPAN is prepared for varied forms of research programs on specific topics. We intend to widen the scope and format of thematic semesters, still however focusing on bringing together the world’s leading researchers as well as excellent young people. We intend the programs to be typically run by a small but international group of organizers and include both long-term participants and short-term visitors attending workshops, schools and conferences.

The primary objective of the project is to strengthen the impact of scientific research conducted at IMPAN and in other Polish scientific institutions on the development of world science. Achieving this will be possible through a number of measures, the effects of which will contribute to improving the quality of scientific activity.

Support offered

The support of the Simons Foundation would cover salaries of 2-3 experienced scientists (leaders) and 2-3 outstanding young scientists (young leaders) as well as small mobility and travel expenses.

We intend to organize each year 2 standard semesters, lasting 3-4 months and one mini- semester lasting 2 months.

IMPAN will also provide general infrastructure (office space, IT support, conference facilities). Additional support for organizing research activities can be requested from Banach Center, the conference subsidiary of IMPAN.  The organizers can complement this by additional sources of support.

Basic requirements

Activities possible under the project: basis of the program consists of collaborative research and mentoring, run by groups of scientists, in most cases including foreign researchers. Each semester should include 2-4 conferences/workshops, school and series of lectures, complemented by shorter stays and informal research collaborations.


The proposals, 2-4 pages long, should contain the following information: 

•    Semester’s title
•    names of the organizers, including the contact details of the corresponding person
•    description of the proposed field of mathematics, its current state-of-art and connections with other branches of mathematics (and/or other sciences)
•    list of the main scientific aims for the semester
•    names and affiliations of the scientific leaders who would spend 2-3 months at IMPAN
•    the list and timetable of the planned activities, proposed organizing teams for each of the meetings and estimated number of participants
•   an explanation of why IMPAN is a suitable place to host the semester and what would bethe longer term benefits for the host institution and Polish mathematics 

 Dates and further information

The proposals should be sent to Simons Semesters  by 15 March, 2022 for semester staring between January 1, 2023 and March 1, 2023.
For semesters starting later deadline for application is 20 April, 2022. The decision, based on the scientific merit and timeliness, taking into account how the proposed semester fits with the current research activities at IMPAN, will be taken by the Simons Semesters Jury (appointed by the Director of IMPAN). At least one of the organizers of Simon's Semester should be employed at IMPAN.

Any enquiries regarding the program and the application process should be sent to email:

Simons Semesters or to the coordinator of the program Piotr Gwiazda

The program will be continued in 2022-2024 and further calls for applications will be announced in due time.  

Further information on the current Simons Semesters program and the previous edition is available on our website:



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