Arnold Fellowships

We have created the Arnold Fellowships: five three-year posts for theoretical physicists and mathematicians from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

The London Institute is proud to announce the creation of the Arnold Fellowships. The five full-time, three-year positions are for theoretical physicists and mathematicians from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, who will join us in our home at the Royal Institution in Mayfair.

We have named our Fellowships after Vladimir Arnold, a Ukrainian-born Russian scientist who embodies Russia’s tradition of mathematical greatness. Arnold rose to prominence aged 19 when he solved the 13th in David Hilbert’s famous list of mathematical problems. One of the leading mathematicians of the 20th century, Arnold made contributions to geometry, topology, mechanics and singularity theory. Above all, he believed mathematics should be fun. He liked to call it a branch of physics in which, involving only pencil and paper, “experiments are cheap”. The only reason he didn’t get the Fields Medal, the highest honour in mathematics, was by his own account because he annoyed the Soviet authorities, who blocked him.

Funding the Fellowship

We decided to launch our Arnold Fellowships when we had raised 2/3 of the funding, because time is of the essence. To make a contribution, or to learn more, email our Development Director, Sarah Myers Cornaby, at We are a registered charity, so your donation will be tax-exempt.

Applying for a Fellowship

About the role

The posts are full-time positions and last three years. Salaries will be benchmarked against comparable posts at the University of London. Visas will be issued via the UK Global Talent programme. Job activities include:

  • Conduct research in theoretical physics or mathematics.
  • Publish discoveries in leading journals and disseminate them.
  • Be present in the building and interact with scientists and staff.
  • Be curious about the work of other researchers at the Institute.
  • Help communicate our research and vision to broad audiences.

About the candidate

Arnold Fellowships are for Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian nationals to move to London and take up research posts at the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences. They are for world-class academic researchers in theoretical physics and mathematics with a record of research output at the highest level.

About the London Institute

The London Institute for Mathematical Sciences is an independent institute for fundamental research in physics and mathematics. It gives scientists the freedom and support to make discoveries full-time; there are no teaching duties. The Institute is located in the Royal Institution in Mayfair, which provides it with space to expand. This iconic building has witnessed the discovery of 10 chemical elements and electromagnetism, and has 15 Nobel Prizes to its name. You can learn more about the London Institute at our About and Perspectives pages.

How to apply and closing date

To apply, please send a CV to Strong applicants will be invited for an interview. Applicants for the Arnold programme will automatically be considered for the Landau programme. The Arnold Fellowships opened for applications on 13 May 2022. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until suitable candidates are appointed.