UK-APASI in Mathematical Sciences


This is the webpage for UK-Africa Postgraduate Advanced Study Institute (UK-APASI) in Mathematical Sciences online delivery of UK-Africa Postgraduate Advanced Study Institutes and Workshop Series. This is in collaboration with SAMSA and the MASAMU programme.

The UK-Africa Postgraduate Advanced Study Institute in Mathematical Sciences (UK-APASI) seeks to strengthen and support research collaborations between UK, North America, Europe and African mathematicians starting 1st April 2020 for a period of 18 months. Our vision and motivation is to increase postgraduate capacity development and the quality of mathematics training in Sub-Saharan African Universities and therefore our programme focuses on four key areas: Research, Education, Training and Collaborative Networking in Mathematical Sciences.

Our main objectives are:

(1) to strengthen the UK and Southern African human infrastructure development in Mathematical Sciences research through capacity building,

(2) to forge and sustain collaborative relationships between applied mathematicians in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) on both research and teaching fronts aimed at untangling development challenges faced by Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries in the SSA region, and

(3) to use mathematics to influence government policies on disease, crime and wildlife management, control and prevention. The mode for building capacity within UK-APASI is to address existing and emerging questions relevant for SSA (e.g. control of infection disease transmission, control of crime spread, management and conservation of wild-life) using applied mathematics both interdisciplinary and inter-institutionally.

In partnership with the Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association (SAMSA) which is a regional umbrella representing over 40 Universities throughout the Sub-Saharan Africa region (see for details), the UK-APASI programme will train a new generation of future leaders for Africa, highly skilled in the applications of mathematics to real-life problems in SSA. SAMSA will help us to recruit and train African researchers including Masters, PhD, Postdocs and Early Career Faculty as well as mentoring Heads of Departments of Mathematics on research and teaching management and good practice. A cohort of PhD students will be recruited from outside Africa to participate in the research activities and part of their role is to provide student-to-student mentoring of African researchers.

Due to COVID-19, all activities will be delivered online with the support of ICMS, Edinburgh, Scotland.

As outcomes, virtual research groups will be formed in the areas of mathematics applied to health, crime and ecology questions in SSA, with emphasis on publishable research outcomes on problems of global significant to SSA. The research groups will interact virtually through zoom, Skype or other Telecon facilities throughout the life-time of the project and are expected to establish long-term collaborations beyond the lifetime of the training network.


10 September 2020 Update - As the online forum provides increased capacity we have decided to extend the application deadline to the end of October.  For those who submitted applications before the original deadline (08 September), we will communicate decisions by 30 September.   In the meantime, any questions please contact

An application form is available here



African applicants should contact

Professor Sandile Motsa,
Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering,
Private Bag 4,
M201, Swaziland


UK applicants should contact

Professor Anotida Madzvamuse
University of Sussex, School of Mathematical and
Physical Sciences, Pevensey 3 5C15
Brighton, UK

FOR GENERAL INQUIRIES about the UK-APASI Programme, use the contact information provided below.


Professor Farai Nyabadza, Department of Applied Mathematics and Mathematics, University of Johannesburg, P.O. Box 524, Auckland Park, 2006, South Africa.


Dr Sansao Pedro, Eduardo Mondlane University, Julius Nyerere Avenue, Maputo, Mozambique.


Dr Jane KA White, Head of Natural Sciences, Chair of Academic Assembly, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY. UK,


The UK-APASI Program is supported by the United Kingdom Global Challenges Research Fund and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council under Grant Ref: EP/T00410X/1