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Volunteer Lecturer Program

Volunteer Lecturer Program of the IMU Commission for Developing Countries

The goal of this program is to foster research and international cooperation between mathematicians in developing countries and the international mathematical community, offering to the universities in the developing countries the economical support to host volunteer lecturers for intensive 3-4 week courses in mathematics. The course given by the volunteer should be part of a regular mathematics undergraduate or master degree program at the hosting university, in subjects where the applicant university could have a lack of expertise. The program is partially funded by the American Mathematical Society and the Niels Henrik Abel Board (Norway).

    Deadlines

    The next deadlines for Mathematics Insitutions in developing countries to apply for participation in the program are:

    • September 1, 2019 for lectures to be held between January 1, 2020 and January 1, 2022
    • December 1, 2019 for lectures to be held between April 1, 2020 and April 1, 2022
    • March 1, 2020 for lectures to be held between July 1, 2020 and July 1, 2022
    • June 1, 2020 for lectures to be held between October 1, 2020 and October 1, 2022

    Program Outline for Universities in Developing Countries

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    IMU/ CDC welcomes applications by universities and mathematics degree programs in the developing world that are in need of, and can provide the necessary conditions for productive collaboration in the teaching of advanced mathematics. We seek universities interested to host a lecturer for intensive 3-4 week mathematics courses, at the advanced undergraduate or master level. The course given by the volunteer should be part of a regular mathematics undergraduate or master degree program at the hosting university.

    IMU-CDC can Support the costs of the lecturer visit up to 4400 EURO.

    Role and Requirements for the host university

    The course should be

    • in a university in a developing country (for a list of the CDC definition for developing countries please click here)
    • an intensive 3-4 week course in mathematics for students of a mathematics degree
    • include examinations
    • be an integral component of a regular mathematics degree program at the host university
    • Substantial course enrollment (15-20 students) has to be guaranteed.

    The host university decides the course content and guides the volunteer towards desired syllabus.

    • schedule the course and help the volunteer lecturer in preparing the course syllabus and assists when necessary during the course
    • coordinate living arrangements and local transportation for the volunteer lecturer
    • prepare the students for the course beforehand
    • help with student mentoring and assessment and take care of any necessary follow up.

    The Host Institution is also required to fill out a report form after the visit of the volunteer.

    List and Database of Volunteers

    The CDC Volunteer Lecturer Database contains a large database of the mathematicians willing to volunteer and includes the mathematician's curriculum vitae (CV), the areas of mathematics in which they are prepared to teach, language abilities, typical dates of availability, and previous experience.

    You need to log in here, to see the Volunteer Lecturer Database. If you are not yet registered on the IMU website, please register first here.

    Lecturers interested to participate in the program, should read the guidelines for lecturers and register here.

    If you experience problems, please contact cdc.grants@mathunion.org