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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.


CDC Definition "Developing Country"
Due to limited funding, CDC defines "developing countries" as countries with a Gross National Income per Capita (GNI) less than 7500 USD. For a list, please go here.


The following grants to individuals and institutions are available:



Abel Visiting Scholar Program

This program 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

This 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 completely 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. 



Conference Support Program

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. 


For more information 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 go here.


International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) Travel Grants Program

Every four years, CDC supports and often also administers the IMU – ICM Travel Grants Program, offering travel support to mathematicians based in developing countries to attend the International Congresses of Mathematics.

The next ICM will be held 2018 in Rio, Brazil. Information about support will be published on this website in 2016.




Grants from other institutions

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