The Individual Travel Research Program supports mathematicians from developing countries to travel to an internationally known mathematical center of excellence (worldwide) for collaborative research (minimum stay of four weeks). The grant is intended to cover travel costs of the grantees for up to 2,500 EURO while host institutions are generally responsible for covering the local living expenses.
However, due to the current economic situation, requests for partial coverage of living expenses (such as accommodation and boarding) may also be considered during the evaluation in 2021 and 2022. Priority will be given to applicants that receive support from the host institution.
This program does not support travel cost to any conference, summer school or workshops. CDC programs do not cover the cost of accompanying family members.
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).
For all applicants applying for CDC funding for activities scheduled between now and the end of 2021:
A confirmation letter from the head of department (where the activity is supposed to take place) confirming the dates of the planned activity is required.
Applicants are obligated to independently check for travel restrictions and warnings in relevant countries before applying for CDC funding.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, costs incurred from COVID-19 tests, quarantines, as well as COVID-19 vaccines can be covered by the CDC upon request.
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.
The following documents must be submitted:
All required documents are to be merged into one PDF file and uploaded on the Online Application Form.
If your application is not completed by the deadline, it cannot be considered for evaluation.
Applicants are advised to send their applications at least two weeks in advance, in case documents have to be supplemented.
1. The amount that is awarded usually ranges between 1,500 EUR - 2,500 EUR.
2. The Grant can cover the following costs:
3. This grant does not support travel costs to attend workshops or conferences.
The grant is paid in two installments:
The grantee must submit a detailed financial report and activity with all invoices and boarding tickets to the IMU Secretariat (in original via postage) two weeks after the conclusion of the visit.
*Due to the current economic situation, requests for partial coverage of living expenses (such as accommodation and basic living expenses) may also be considered during the evaluation in 2021 and 2022. Priority will be given to applicants that receive support from the host institution.
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.