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ICM Travel Support

ICM 2022: Chebyshev Grants Program


The Chebyshev Grants program provides full support –that is, airfare and local expenses in St Petersburg– to 1000 participants from the developing countries as defined by IMU for the period 2019-2022.

The application process and selection of candidates will be administered by the Local Organizing Committee in collaboration with the IMU Commission for Developing Countries (CDC). The selection will be merit-based with special attention given to participation by early- career mathematicians and women, as well as to geographic balance.

To deal with this important evaluation process IMU-CDC has appointed 36 expert mathematicians established in developing countries, all over the world, taking into account geographical, mathematical area and gender balances; in particular half of the members and chairs are women.

This Selection Committee is divided into 6 panels corresponding to the following regions: Africa, Latin America, Northeastern Asia, Southeastern Asia & Pacific, Western Asia (the East boundary of the region is the union of the West boundaries of China and India) and Eastern Europe.

Previous Support Programs


ICM 2018: Open Arms Program

The Open Arms travel grants subcommittee received 1.565 valid applications, as follows: Asia and Pacific = 903, Africa = 280, Eastern Europe = 138, Latin America = 244. The four regional panels were asked to base their evaluations on academic merit, with a special attention to diversity, including gender balance.

Overall, there are 630 travel grants were awarded, as follows: Asia and Pacific = 200 (60 female), Africa = 130 (44 female), Eastern Europe = 100 (49 female), Latin America = 200 (76 female). In all four regions the percentage of women among the grantees matches or surpasses the percentage of female applicants.

Open Arms was sponsored by IMPA – Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada and SBM – Sociedade Brasileira de Matemática, with a generous contribution from IMU – International Mathematical Union.

Further information can be found on the website of the ICM 2018.

ICM 2014 Invitation Program: "NANUM 2014"

NANUM is a Korean word meaning “gracious and unconditional sharing.”

Some members of the Korean Mathematical Society (KMS) enjoyed the benefits of the IMU travel assistance program to travel to ICMs in the 70’s and 80’s. Such assistance not only benefited the recipients of the travel assistance but also the students and young researchers with whom the recipients of IMU assistance shared the excitement and experience gained from ICMs. The KMS and its members fully acknowledge the gracious and friendly support received from the international math community, and hope more countries can share in the benefits. Being a late starter, based on its own experience, the mathematics community in Korea understands the challenges met by mathematicians in many developing countries. This had motivated the theme of Korea’s bidding for the ICM 2014 proposal: "Dreams and Hopes for Late Starters".

In order to realize the proposed theme, the Organizing Committee of ICM 2014 offered to invite 1,000 mathematicians in developing countries to Korea to participate in ICM 2014, many of whom would not have been able to visit an ICM otherwise, stand to bring the ICM excitements and new knowledge back to their home countries. The ICM 2014 Travel Fellowship Fund was set up and the Organizing Committee of ICM 2014 estimated the average cost to be approximately 1,500~2,500 USD per person, making the total cost 2 mill. USD.

The application and selection procedures for "NANUM 2014" was based on merit and with due regard for gender and geographical balance.