AMSI-AustMS Heidelberg Laureate Forum Travel Fund


The Heidelberg Laureate Forum is an annual meeting bringing together winners of the most prestigious scientific awards in Mathematics (Abel Prize, Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize) and Computer Science (ACM Turing Award) with a select group of highly talented young researchers. Roughly 200 young scientists from all over the world get the unique opportunity to interact with their scholarly role models during lectures, panels and discussions. At the same time, the up and coming scientists can engage in inspiring and motivating conversations with the laureates during various social events. The Heidelberg Laureate Forum provides a platform for scientific dialogue across generations.

Each year AMSI and AustMS provide funding for young Australian researchers to attend (up to a maximum of $3000).

To be eligible for travel support, applicants must:

  1. Have received an invitation to the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in the field of mathematics
  2. Be a member of the Australian Mathematical Society
  3. Be employed by or enrolled as a student at an Australian university mathematical sciences department or school
  4. Have written support from their head of school or department indicating the extent of other financial support available for them
  5. Applicants should normally plan to use the HLF opportunity to undertake other research activities pre or post the Forum


  1. Applications close 31 May 2024
  2. We strongly recommend viewing the application form well before the application close to see what information is required
  3. Applicants will be notified as soon as possible after the application close date on the outcome of their submission
  4. Successful applicants will be advised the maximum funding available to them upon the provision of receipts after the event


Successful applicants are required to provide a short written report about their HLF experience as well as responses to the following questions for publication on the AMSI website and AustMS Gazette.

  • Where are you in your career?
  • Why did you want to attend the HLF?
  • Tell us about your research.
  • What are you favourite application of your work?
  • If you could meet any Fields Medalist or Abel Prize winner which would it be and why?

The preferred format for reports and accompanying photographs is as a Word document or PDF. If submitting as a Tex file you also must also provide the PDF.

You can view previous reports in the table below.

AMSI-AustMS HLF Travel Fund Recipients

YearRecipientUniversityPost Event Report
2024Bethany CaldwellUniSA
2024Lien Thuy NguyenRMIT University
2024Jie XuMonash University
2024Joshua PetersUniversity of Queensland
2023Vinesha PeirisCurtin UniversityRead report
2023Jack ThompsonThe University of Western Australia
2023Tiana Tsang UngUNSWRead report
2022Ayreena BakhtawarUNSW
2022Albert Christian SoewongsonoUniversity of TasmaniaRead report
2022Harini DesirajuUniversity of Sydney
2022Illia DonhauzerLa Trobe UniversityRead report
2022An Ky Duy NguyenLa Trobe UniversityRead report
2021HLF held virtually due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions
2020HLF cancelled due to global COVID-19 pandemic
2019Jane Tan
2019Ellena MoskovskyMonash UniversityRead report
2018Becky ArmstrongUniversity of Sydney
2018Pantea Pooladvand
2017Saul FreemanRead report
2016Read 2016 group interview
2016Mark BugdenAustralian National UniversityRead report
2016Bao HoLa Trobe UniversityRead report
2016David KhouryUniversity of New South WalesRead report
2016Tian SangRMIT UniversityRead report
2015Read group interview
2015Philipp BaderLa Trobe UniversityRead report
2015Melissa LeeUniversity of Western AustraliaRead report
2015Matthew TamUniversity of NewcastleRead report
2015Anna TomskovaUniversity of New South WalesRead report
2015John Tsartsaflis La Trobe UniversityRead report