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The various CDC programs are rather modest in size due to limited financial resources or the sponsoring organisations.

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Funding Opportunities

CDC invites applications for grants to mathematicians (mainly based in developing countries) to stimulate collaboration in the field primarily through the funding of travel and related expenditures.


In cases in which funding is granted, CDC grants will normally be in the range of EURO 1,000– 5,000. Exact amounts will depend on the Committee's evaluation mathematical quality and impact and budget constraints. If you are considering for a higher amount, please contact CDC Grants Administration via <>.  


IMU CDC Definition "Developing Country"
IMU classifies Developing Countries as those with GNI per capita in USD, not exceeding USD 11,000, in accordance with the United Nations data. (Data as of December 2015). 

For a list of elegible countries, please go here.



All programs, unless mentioned differently are administrated by the IMU Secretariat. In case of questions, please contact the CDC administration via email.


Grant Selection

CDC Grants decisions are taken by grant selection committee members. In case a selection committee member is a member of the organizing or program committee, an invited speaker or chairing a session, this selection committee has to abstain from voting for this particular grant. Currently CDC has three selection committees: The Grant Selection Committee for conference grants and the IMU- Simons Travel Fellowship grants,  the Abel Visiting Scholar Selection Committee and CDC who decides for all other grants and activities supported.


The following grants to individuals and institutions are available:


Grants for Individuals for Short Time Research Sabbatical

  • Abel Visiting Scholar Program This program is generously funded and sponsored by the Board for the Niels Henrik Abel Memorial Fund and supports mathematicians professionally based in developing countries to visit an international research collaborator for a period of one month. The period is extendable for up to three months in the case of matching support from the host institution. The program is designed for post doctoral mathematicians in the early stages of their professional careers therefore the applicant must be under 40 years of age at the day of the application deadline. The maximum age may be increased by up to three years in the case of an individual with a broken career pattern. A selection committee decides which applications are successful.

  • IMU Simons Travel Fellowship Program (for mathematicians from developing countries worldwide)This program is generously sponsored and funded by the Simons Foundation NY. This grant program supports collaborative research visits of mathematicians working in the developing world to a center of excellence in any part of the world for collaborative research in mathematics.  The travel grant under this scheme will cover the travel costs from the place of work of the applicant to that of the host to the extent of economy class airfare and surface (public) transport, all visa fees as well as travel and health insurance charges up to USD 5,000. The host institution has to cover the accommodation and living costs of the visitor.

Travel Grants for Conferences

This program gives partial support to conferences organized in developing and economically disadvantaged countries. The funds are for academic use only (travel or living expenses of invited speakers or participants coming from developing countries). The Conference Support Program also supports a few major international conferences occurring in developed countries who would like to invite mathematicians from developing counties.


The IMU Simons Travel Fellowship and Conference Support Program grants are administered by the Grants Selection Committee (GSC), a seven-member committee supervised by the Commission for Developing Countries (CDC).  Its members are recognized mathematicians from seven countries in Asia, Africa, North and South America and Europe. Three GSC members are also members of the Commission for Developing Countries. The committee is chaired by the CDC Secretary for Grants.


Project Support for Mathematicians and Mathematics Education

Under this category CDC mainly supports higher education and capacity building projects as well as local initiatives. Supported initiatives include the Africa Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI) which receives CDC support for its graduate student scholarship program; the Mentoring African Research in Mathematics (MARM) program and the education and capacity workshop series “Finding Online Information in Mathematics. 

CDC also supports a few projects in mathematics education. Supported mathematics education activities include the CANP Project of the International Commission on Mathematics Instruction (ICMI) which fosters mathematics teacher training and capacity building in developing countries. 


Graduate Support

IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowship Program

This fellowship program supports students  from a developing country who are studying in a developing country a PhD degree in the mathematical sciences. The IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowships offer a limited number of grants for excellent students from developing countries.


For more information, deadlines and general policy for applications  please click on the links on the left side of this page.


For the CDC Grants Online Application Form please click here.






International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) Travel Grants Program


Every four years, CDC supports and in the past also administered the IMU – ICM Travel Grants Program, offering travel support to mathematicians based in developing countries to attend the International Congresses of Mathematicians (ICM).


The next ICM will be held 2018 in Rio, Brazil.

Information about support will be published on this website in 2017.

Grants from other institutions

For grants, call for applications and support programs from other institutions (e.g. CIMPA), please go here.