The Program ran as a pilot program in Africa for two years (May 2017 - June 2019) and involved a total of three partnerships, thus giving rise to the name African Diaspora Mathematicians Program (ADMP).
Every year, thousands of scientists migrate from developing countries in search of educational opportunities and better intellectual environments. Some of these individuals acquire singular expertise and find themselves engaged in universities, research laboratories and international organizations outside their original countries. There are reasons to believe that, given an opportunity, many of these individuals would be willing to share their expertise with scientists and students in developing countries.
For instance, a number of Diaspora mathematicians have been involved in activities that include: conference organization, training schools, teaching and supervision of postgraduate students, which have been undertaken largely through the personal drive and interest of the individuals involved. These activities are necessary because many universities in Africa have a limited number of mathematics lecturers and consequently have to rely on visiting staff to help cover various areas of mathematics, particularly at the advanced level.
The Commission for Developing Countries (CDC), a commission of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), wishes to tap the expertise of Diaspora mathematicians, in a more formal manner, in order to provide additional staff and support to mathematics departments. This program was partially supported by the Niels Henrik Abel Board.
The objective of the ADMP was to strengthen appreciation and understanding of mathematics, particularly at the postgraduate level, by utilising the expertise of African Diaspora mathematicians, whilst at the same time encouraging collaboration in research by mathematicians in Africa and those in the African Diaspora, through the partnerships established in the Program.
Mathematicians with a PhD who were born and raised in Africa and were now full-time employed outside of Africa as professors in mathematics.
Mathematics academic units at any university in Africa who wanted to build long term connections with African Diaspora Mathematicians and hopefully the home institution of the Diaspora Mathematician.
Before a proposal was made for a partnership there must be prior consultation and mutual agreement between the African Diaspora mathematician and the appropriate university or institutions in Africa. It was inteded that the established partnerships would result in longer-term contact, mentoring and collaboration. During the trial stage, a total of three (3) partnerships (involving one (1) African Diaspora Mathematician and one host institution per partnership) was be established.
The African Diaspora mathematician visited the partner university in Africa, once a year for 3 – 6 weeks in order to undertake the following activities, among others:
Three partnerships were funded for two years, with each partnership granted 7,000 EUR annually to be used as follows (subject to the monetary policies of the IMU):
The African Diaspora mathematicians received up to 6,000 EUR(based on invoices) to cover airfare, travel insurance, visa processing and living expenses for 3 to 6 weeks at the host university in Africa.
The African Diaspora mathematician were granted 1,000 EUR per year (based on invoices), to acquire educational material such as books, software, journals and other learning material, to be left to the host institution.
The three partnerships for the pilot period were selected in spring 2017.
The application for ADMP had to be submitted online and via e-mail by the African Diaspora mathematician, after appropriate consultation and in agreement with the host institution.
Currently there is no call for applications for this program.
Step 1) The African Diaspora Mathematician had to fill out and submit the online application form which was open from October 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017 on this website.
Step 2) The African Diaspora Mathematician had to send an email to the ADMP Administrator which contained the following three (3) documents in PDF:
All documents must be sent via email to CDC.ADMP.Administrator@mathunion.org
Application Deadline for all data and documents was 31st January 2017.
The ADMP selection committee reviewed the applications in February 2017 and the ADMP administrator contacted the African Diaspora Mathemartician in case of further requested data and once a decision had been taken.
Taking into consideration the time required to process the applications, it was anticipated that successful partnerships would be announced in March 2017 and the operations to start from May or June 2017, depending on the preparedness of the partners.
At the end of the 2 years, the partnerships was evaluated by the ADMP and CDC and their success was measured by the following outputs:
The CDC established the ADMP Committee which had oversight on all aspects of the program and submited its recommendations to the CDC accordingly.
In 2017 ADMP was administered by the African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI) based in Kenya on behalf of CDC which covered the administrative costs. Since November 2017 the program was administrated by the IMU Secretariat in Berlin, Germany.
For further details and inquiries, contact the CDC Grants Administration in the IMU Secretariat in Berlin via: