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Volunteer Lecturer Program

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

  • March 25, 2018 for lectures starting from June 1, 2018.
  • June 30, 2018 for lectures starting from September 1, 2018.
  • September 30, 2018 for lectures starting from December 1, 2018.
  • December 15, 2018 for lectures starting from March 1, 2019.

The goal of VLP

vlpfront.jpgThe goal of the Volunteer Lecturer Program (VLP) is to offer mathematics departments in universities in the developing world lecturers for intensive 3-4 week courses in mathematics at the advanced undergraduate or master's level.

The course given by the volunteer should be part of a regular mathematics undergraduate or master degree program at the hosting university. Also courses for a Master of "Mathematics and Informatics” or similar are admissible. Unfortunately mathematics courses for an undergraduate or Master degree in Engineering or similar degrees are not permissible.

Since 2007 courses have been given in Africa, Central America, South East Asia and the Middle East on topics in core mathematics. In a few cases courses in mathematics for mathematics education (or in institutions for focusing on mathematics education) were given. A list of courses given can be found here.

The volunteer lecturer is chosen by the host institution from an online database of mathematician volunteer lecturers maintained by CDC.

The funds for all living expenses, including travel (up to 4,400 EUR) are provided by IMU/ CDC or its partner organizations. The volunteer lecturer’s home institution is requested to offer leave with pay during the lecturer’s 3-4 week absence.

The hosting university has no financial obligations, but is expected to provide a local assistant. 

Where warranted, continuing participation in the VLP by a single university in the developing world is encouraged.  For example, in collaboration with the French CIMPA program, the VLP has provided intensive courses to the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, over the last several years. 

For information and registration for host institutions click here.

For information and registration for lecturers click here.

For country reports click here.

History VLP Program

The Volunteer Lecturer Program (VLP) was established in 2008 by International Mathematical Union (IMU) and the U.S./IMU Adhering Body (USNCM). The initiation was inspired by the programs of the Centre International de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées (CIMPA) at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) in Cambodia, the London Mathematical Society's Mentoring African Research in Mathematics (MARM) program, and the Norwegian Program for Development, Research and Education (NUFU) with southern African universities.