TWAS-Mohammad A. Hamdan Award

Established in 2020, this biennial award is named after TWAS late Vice-President for the Arab Region, Prof. Mohammad A. Hamdan. It is given for outstanding mathematical work carried out by a scientist working and living in Africa or the Arab region.

TWAS - Mohammad A. Hamdan Award
Established in 2020, this award is named after TWAS’s late Vice-President for the Arab Region, Prof. Hamdan.
As a Member of our Academy since 1988, Prof. Hamdan was deeply committed to the cause and objectives of TWAS and for many years he actively supported us, and held the position of TWAS Vice-President for the Arab countries on the TWAS Council.
His true commitment to the cause and mission of TWAS in sustaining scientific capacity-building in the developing world was so strong that he endowed a large sum to TWAS to establish an award in his name.
The award is given every two year, and consists of $5,000 and a certificate.

The award recognizes outstanding mathematical work (pure, applied, probability, statistics) by scientist working and living in Africa or the Arab region. 

Eligible candidates are nationals of an African or Arab country, who have been living and working there for a minimum of two years immediately prior to their nomination. 

TWAS Fellows are not eligible.

Self-nominations and nominations from jury members will not be considered.


Selection is made on scientific merit. A pre-screening of the nominees is first be done at TWAS. Subsequently, the nomination dossiers of qualified candidates are submitted to jury members for their evaluation.  

How to nominate a scientist

The 2024 nominations can only be submitted electronically through the online platform by clicking on the “NEW NOMINATION” button at the bottom of this page.

To resume working on saved nominations, click on the "RESUME" button at the bottom of this page.

The deadline for receiving nominations is 10 May 2024. It is strongly recommend, however, to not wait submit nominations as early as possible.

Before starting compiling the nomination, please, pay attention to the number of MAXIMUM CHARACTERS ALLOWED.

A nomination is considered complete only if includes all of the following information/material:

  • Nominator contact details
  • Nominee (the candidate) contact details and general information on the nominee, including the country where he/she has been working and living in the previous two years
  • Authorization from the nominee to process his/her personal data for the purposes of his/her nomination, in conformity to Art. 13 of the Italian Legislative Decree 196/2003. This authorization can only be submitted through the online platform. The privacy authorization form is available for download in the section "Nominee’s Personal Data". The form must be duly filled and signed by the candidate and then uploaded onto the online platform
  • Suggested citation (15-20 words highlighting the nominee's scientific achievements in mathematical sciences)
  • Supporting statement regarding the nominee’s contribution. Supporting statements should explain in detail the work performed by the candidate and its significance in the relevant scientific context. Clear reference should be made to the scientific impact of the nominee's work. Vague supporting statements will not be considered and will negatively affect the evaluation
  • Clear and detailed account of any time spent abroad by the nominee in the prevous two years
  • Information on the PhD subject area, year and awarding institution
  • Brief information on membership in academies and societies
  • Brief information on awards and honours received
  • List of 10 most significant publications listed in an internationally acceptable format
  • Nominee's brief CV and her/his complete list of publications are also to be uploaded, separately, onto the online platform.


In particular:

1) While filling in the form, pay attention to the requirements for each field (e.g., maximum number of characters, file type, date format);

2) Run a check using the button of the form menu to verify that mandatory fields have been filled and the data you entered are accepted. This also saves your form.
Every time you run a check, you are taken to the last section of the form named "Submit". Use the form menu to navigate to the previous sections;

3) After you run a check, fields with NOT ACCEPTED OR MISSING DATA will be highlighted in RED. Please note that once you have duly modified the content of one or more fields, the red highlight will not disappear until you run again a check.

For quick tips, please click on: http://onlineforms.twas.org/documents/Applicants_tutorial.pdf

Click below to start a
new nomination
for the 2024 TWAS–Mohammad A. Hamdan Award

Click below to resume working on
saved nomination/s
for the 2024 TWAS–Mohammad A. Hamdan Award



Previous winner of the TWAS - Mohammad A. Hamdan Award:

2022: Khalil Ezzinbi of Morocco, for his contributions to the development of new methods to solve partial functional differential equations.

2020: Abdon Atangana, South Africa (nationality: Cameroon), for his contribution to fractal mathematics and partial differential equations.

Contact email: