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The CDC has the mandate to manage all initiatives of the IMU in support of mathematics in developing and economically disadvantaged countries. The CDC is charged with the following missions:

to manage, strengthen and promote the programs of the IMU in developing and economically disadvantaged countries.

to search for funding to support the corresponding activities.

to establish institutional partnerships with scientific organizations with common goals.

News and Call for Applications


The CDC is proud to announce the new IMU-Simons Research Fellowship Program for Developing Countries! Fully funded by the Simons Foundation, this 3-year program supports mathematicians on collaborative research visits. More details can be found here.


120+ global colleagues joined our webinar on Nov 30 and Dec 7 to learn about the latest in CDC grant programs and our new application platform.

Missed it? Watch the recording now for valuable insights!


Missed the panel discussion organized by the IMU CDC at the virtual International Congress for Mathematicians? No problem - you can view it anytime on the IMU YouTube channel! The video includes the entire session as streamed on July 12 consisting of the pre-recorded presentations as well as the live Q&A at the end.



Fully funded by the Abel Prize in mathematics, the program is designed for post doctoral mathematicians under 35, based in developing countries to undertake a research sabbatical at a internationally renowned mathematical center of excellence. Applications run four times a year. Find out more about the program here.

Lecturer Sylvia Wiegand teaching using a whiteboard  

The VLP supports universities in developing countries keen to host volunteer lecturers for 3-4-weeks for an intensive mathematics course in its mathematics degree program. We especially wish to draw the attention to the new format which allows shorter courses devoted to Master students, PhD students and researchers.

Find out more here!

Conference participants attending a lecture.  

This program gives partial support to Mathematical Science conferences organized in developing countries. The program supports both live and online conferences by allowing grants for travel and accommodation arrangements for participants from developing countries, or to cover expenses for material or services needed for virtual activities.

The current call runs until July 15, 2021. Apply today!


IMU-CDC has currently two different programs for one-month long research visits that are open of applications continuously with several deadlines per year.

Find out more below:

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