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Individual Research Travel Support Program

Upcoming Deadlines (for complete applications):

  • January 15th, 2021 for research visits between May 15th, 2021 and May 15th, 2022 (Decisions will be made by March 15th, 2021)
  • April 15th, 2021 for research visits starting between August 1st, 2021 and August 1st, 2022 (Decisions will be made by June 15th, 2021)
  • July 15th, 2021 for research visits starting between November 1st, 2021 and November 1st, 2022 (Decisions will be made by September 15th, 2021)
  • October 1st, 2021 for research visits between January 15th, 2022 and January 15th, 2023 (Decisions will be made by November 15th, 2021)

If your application is NOT completed by the deadline, it CANNOT be considered for evaluation. Please send your application at least two weeks in advance so it can be checked.

Please note that we recommend African Mathematicians to apply for the IMU Simons African Fellowship (open until 2021). 

This program supports travel costs for RESEARCH visits (minimum stay is four weeks) by mathematicians based in developing and economically disadvantaged countries.

Please note that this program CANNOT support travel cost to any conference, summer school or workshops. CDC programs cannot cover the cost of accompanying family members.

For all applicants applying for CDC funding for activities scheduled between June 1, 2020 and March 30, 2021: 

Please note that we will request a confirmation letter from the head of department (where the activity is supposed to take place) confirming the dates of the planned activity. 

Please also check if there are any travel warnings for specific countries before you apply for CDC funding.


Eligibility criteria for Applicants

1. They should hold a PhD in Mathematics

2. They must be based (place of work) in a developing country. CDC classifies countries whose Gross National Income per Capita (GNI) is less than 12,375 USD as "Developing Country". For a list please go here

3. They should be employed as a faculty member of a university or an equivalent institution.

4. They should have already established contact with a mathematician in the host institution and should have a definite research plan at the time of applying for the grant.

5. The applicant should have been granted appropriate leave of absence from his/her institution for the period of visit.

6. Minimal length of visit should be one month.

Basic Application requirements

1. The Online Application Form has to be submitted.

2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) of BOTH the applicant and the host professor must be submitted. It must include a selected list of publications. (Max. 3 pages)

3. A detailed Research program has be to be included. It has to cover:

  • Expected interaction with local mathematicians and PhD students
  • General aim of the visit
  • Schedule of research visit (including planned lectures/ meetings with colleagues etc.)

3. The Tentative Budget Form must be included. It should be a detailed draft of the approximate spending (see 'Grant details' below for an overview of what is covered) on the visit.

4. A formal letter of invitation by the host institution. This letter must specify the period of the visit. It should also include information regarding office space/ or at least a desk that the host must provide in the mathematics department of the university, along with internet access.

5. A formal letter of confirmation by the home institution. This letter must confirm the current status of employment of the applicant and state that the applicant is granted leave for the research period.


Please merge all required documents into one PDF file and upload it to the Online Application Form.

If your application is NOT completed by the deadline, it CANNOT be considered for evaluation. Please send your application at least two weeks in advance so it can be checked.

Grant details

1. The amount that is awarded usually ranges between 1,500 EUR - 2,500 EUR.

2. The Grant can cover the following costs:

  • Flight cost (economy class) from the place of work of the applicant to that of the host institution.
  • Travel cost to and from the airport and the place of work of the applicant (public transport, taxi only up to distance 50km)
  • Travel cost to and from the airport and the host institution (public transport, taxi only up to distance 50km)
  • VISA fees
  • Travel Health insurance
  • Accommodation

3. As already mentioned, living costs CANNOT be covered as a part of the grant. This must be covered by the grantee.

4. This grant CANNOT support travel costs to attend workshops or conferences.

5. Since the IMU will book and pay your flight directly the funds for the remaining costs will be transferred to your bank account after your research stay is completed and you have sent us all required receipts and invoices.


  1. If you do not receive an automated reply after submitting the application, let us know via
  2. If you are applying for the the Individual Travel Fellowship then you CANNOT apply for the Abel Visiting Scholar program or the Simons African Fellowship Program simultaneously.
  3. This grant CANNOT support travel costs to attend workshops or conferences.
  4. In exceptional cases the funds can be used by mathematicians from developed countries to visit centers of research in developing countries for a collaborative research project with mathematicians working there.
  5. The application form can be found here.
  6. If for some reason the visit is postponed/ canceled, you must inform us immediately.
  7. We advise Mathematicians from Africa to apply for the IMU Simons African Fellowship Program.


Final Report Form (for scientific and financial report)

For the final report (when returned home) please use the Report Form.

Selection Committee

The Grant Selection Committee (GSC) consists of the CDC Secretary for Grants Selection as Chair and has six other members, three from CDC and three others, each representing Latin America, Africa and Asia respectively.

The applications are circulated to the GSC through the IMU Secretariat in Berlin, Germany.

Individual Travel Support Recipients