Université d'Orléans

Prize "Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh" (or Ibni Prize)

On February 3, 2008 Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh was kidnapped from his home in N'Djamena by the Chadian armed forces. He died presumably within the next few days, in detention. Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh was a professor and former rector of the University of N'Djamena. Former government minister, he was one of the leading figures of the democratic opposition in Chad. He was instrumental in inter-university agreements linking Chad to France and other African countries. He wanted these agreements to contribute to the quality of teacher education in his country.

The French Society of Statistics (SFdS), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SMAI) and the Mathematical Society of France (SMF) initiated in 2009 an award in his memory to continue his commitment to quality training of young African mathematicians.

The Prize "Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh" is now awarded every two years. The jury may decern the prize to two candidates on this occasion. The candidates must hold a PhD at the date of application, obtained not more than 5 years before. They must  reside in West Africa or Central Africa at the time of application.

There is no age limit for the candidates. Applications from female candidates are particularly welcome.

The PhD thesis must be in Mathematical Sciences, including statistics. The domain is taken in a broad sense, including its interaction with computer science, theoretical physics and applications of mathematics.

Every recipient receives 3000 euros (provided that these sums are available). In case the totality or part of the prize is used for a research visit in an institute of another country, he/she also receives a maximum of 1000 euros to cover his travel expenses.

The prize has an independent selection committee (**). The selection committee establishes first a short list based upon a preliminary application form. The selected candidates are asked to provide complementary documents: the thesis and the articles issued from it form the bulk of the application; a curriculum vitae which fully describes the periods spent in Africa or in other universities will be asked. Reports, recommendation letters and a scientific project can be joined to the application.

The prize is funded by a subscription.

(*) More precisely : Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sao Tomé and Principe, Sierra Leone, Togo.

(**) 2018 selection committee: Eric Badouel, Aline Bonami, Suzanne Brenner, Michel Coste, Sophie Dabo, Hamidou Touré.