We seek mathematicians interested to lecture for intensive 3-4 week courses at universities in the developing world, at the advanced undergraduate or master level in topics such as statistics, differential equations, numerical analysis, etc., the capacity for which is lacking at many universities in developing nations.
Lecturers have to hold a PhD in the mathematical sciences to be eligible to participate in the program.
Past experience in the developing world is desirable but not necessary. However what is required is tolerance for working in circumstances of modest resources, unexplained inefficiencies, and limited physical comforts.
The lecturer will be assisted by a local mathematics professor who prepares the students beforehand, assists when necessary during the course, and takes care of any necessary follow-up. These courses should have a student audience of 15-20 or more, be controlled, with examinations, and be part of a regular degree program at the university at which they are offered.
Funds for all living expenses, including travel, visa, health insurance, necessary vaccination, accommodation and living costs (up to USD 5.000), will be provided by IMU/ CDC or its partner organizations; however, we request that the mathematician's home institution offers leave with pay during his/her 3-4 week absence.
We believe that a strong case can be made that cooperation with this program will not only bring personal and professional benefit to the lecturer, but will also redound to the credit of the lecturer's home institution.
Volunteer lecturers should arrange for any additional health insurance, including medical evacuation insurance, prudent during their VLP assignment. Costs of such insurance may be charged against the USD 5.000 support provided by IMU.
IMU/ CDC works with the host institutions to insure a secure and productive stay in the country of the host institution from the moment of arrival to the moment of departure. Although IMU/CDC makes every effort to insure only placements in relatively safe, secure and healthy environments, neither the International Mathematical Union or its Commission for Developing Countries can assume liability for the health and safety of its lecturers.
We advise all volunteer lecturers to check with their Ministry of Foreign Affairs/ State Department prior to their departure regarding safety, health issues (including immunization) and health insurance. This source also provides helpful guidance and general comments on travel to the country and region hosting the volunteer lecturer.
Register as a Lecturer
If you are interested to lecture in a developing country, you need to register as a Volunteer Lecturer via our online application form.
You can register as lecturer here.