Applications for the Inaugural Award 2019 – 2020 are closed.

Applications for the academic year 2020 – 2021 will open in September 2019

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The PROFESSOR ABBAS BAHRI EXCELLENCE FELLOWSHIP for GRADUATE and EARLY CAREER RESEARCH in MATHEMATICS is established to honor the memory of Professor Abbas Bahri and promote his legacy through support for graduate student research in advanced Mathematics  ( Poster Announcement  for the past Inaugural Award)

A citizen of the world, Professor Bahri was born in Tunis, received his early education in Tunisia before moving alone as a teenager to pursue his higher education degrees in Paris. Professor Bahri taught in Tunis, Paris, Chicago, New York, and taught at Rutgers for three decades. At Rutgers, Professor Bahri received the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence, the highest honor for outstanding research. Known for his teaching and research expertise, Professor Bahri shared his knowledge with colleagues and students at Rutgers and at many academies throughout the world. A strong believer that free rational thinking and scientific advancement transcend cultural differences and can bring peace, progress, democracy, and social justice in the world, and proud of his Arab heritage, Professor Bahri promoted international and cultural exchanges with several countries, and in particular with Tunisia and the Arab World.

CRITERIA for ELIGIBILITY -  Awards are granted to Rutgers and/or international Ph.D students or early career research visitors in recognition of excellence in research and/or potential research impact of the proposed project. Preferences will be given to projects that promote international exchange among mathematicians, especially those that bring a positive impact to mathematical research in regions where funding for mathematical research is less available. Further preference should be given to Ph.D students or early career research visitors interested in Variational Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations, and in particular the ones Lacking Compactness. But applications from all areas of mathematics which are likely to result in and benefit from substantive mathematical interactions with our faculty will be seriously considered.

AVAILABLE FUNDS - The source of funding for this fellowship derives from the Professor Abbas Bahri Endowment for Research in Mathematics, established by Diana Bahri-Nunziante, wife of Professor Abbas Bahri, under the auspices of the Rutgers Foundation, with contributions from family and friends of Professor Abbas Bahri.

The annual distribution of the fellowship fund is made in accordance with the policy of the Rutgers Foundation, and is estimated about 4,000 USD based on current projections. The aforementioned distribution may be augmented if additional contributions are made to the endowed fund, or may be combined with potential, separate annual gifts of variable amounts.

MODES of AWARD - The award can be made to one or multiple recipients. It is anticipated that the award could support the visit of international students to the Mathematics Department of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and/or Rutgers students to give presentations or lectures at conferences or workshops, or engage in scientific collaboration; the award can also be given to Rutgers student(s) for carrying out high quality dissertation work locally at Rutgers.

Each year, the number of awardees, and the type and the duration of the support provided will depend on the combined amounts of the actual annual distribution of the endowed fund and the potential separate annual gifts.


  • INAUGURAL AWARD 2019 - 2020:
    • Dr. Habib Fourti (Faculty of Science of Monastir, Tunisia) and
    • Dr. Ignace Aristide Minlend (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Senegal)

Both recipients will receive supplemental travel support from The Rutgers Center for Nonlinear Analysis.


Donations to increase the annual award amount of the Abbas Bahri Excellence Fellowship are of two types: 

  • Donations to the Professor Abbas Bahri Endowment for Research in Mathematics augmenting the capital of the perpetual fund and its consequent annual distribution can be made following the instructions detailed in This Document .
  • Separate annual gifts to the Math Department/Abbas Bahri Fund aimed at augmenting the annual fellowship amount can be made online or by bank check following the directions detailed in this page:                                                                                                                                                                                                            We kindly ask the donors to:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - specify that the gift is made to the "Math Department/Abbas Bahri Fellowship" either in the reason for payment (if donating by bank check) or in the options space (if donating online)            - make us promptly aware of their gift by emailing to the three following addresses:,