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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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The 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.

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. 

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


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.

For more information and general policy for applications  please click on the Conference Support Program link on the left side of this page.

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.  The project started 2011 in Mali and will be continued in 2012 in Costa Rica and in 2013 in Cambodia. CDC has also supported the Inter University Ibero-American Mathematics Competition (IMMC) which was held in 2011 in Ecuador.

For more information and general policy for applications  please click on the Project Support link on the left side of this page.


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.
For more information please click on the ICM 2014 link on the left side of this page or go here.

For the CDC Grants Online Application Form please go here.


Grants from other institutions

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