The Volunteer Lecturer Program (VLP) of the IMU Commission for Developing Countries was established in 2008.
It is a program to foster research and international cooperation between mathematicians in developing countries and the international mathematical community, by offering financial assistance to universities in developing countries to host a volunteer lecturer for a 3-4-week intensive course.
In 2022 a new strand Virtual Volunteer Lecturer Program (VVLP) was established. VVLP aims to support lectures to take place remotely only.
For both the VLP and the VVLP the course given by the volunteer should be A) part of a regular mathematics undergraduate or master degree program at the hosting university and B) in subjects where the applicant university has a lack of expertise. Only host institutions can apply for the grant in the VLP.
VVLP applicants (host institutions) can use the VLP application form (and application proccess), but don’t need to include the travel liability declaration of the volunteer.
In the case of lectures will be held partially online and partially in person the host institution has to apply to the VLP.
This program is partially funded by the American Mathematical Society and the Niels Henrik Abel Board (Norway).
The next deadlines for Mathematics Insitutions in developing countries to apply for participation in the program are:
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.
Applications for lectures developed to be held partially online and partially as an intensive in person period are encouraged. Applications for online teaching collaboration are also welcome in the new program VVLP.
The course given by the volunteer should be part of a regular mathematics undergraduate or master degree program at the hosting university.
Funding can cover the following costs:
(A) and B) in the case of ther regular VLP program and only B) in the case of the Virtual Volunteer Lecturer Program (VVLP)
A) Costs of the Volunteer Lecturer
(up to 4,400 EUR):
B) Complementary Funding
This includes the possibility of buying and shipping books and/or buying "online kits". The VLP complement funding can fund:
1. Preparation of course material
Up to 1.000 EUR per course and volunteer and or host institution (receipts necessary).
2. "Online Kit"
Possible expenses for the acquisition of material or use of services to conduct lectures entirely or partially in the online format up to 2.000 EUR (receipts necessary).
The online kit consist of technical equipment like:
The projector or any technical equipment as listed above becomes property of the host department after the Volunteer Lecturer course.
The aim for 2. is to support activities to take place remotely and most importantly allow developing countries and its institution to stay connected and involved despite the travel restrictions.
However no salary is paid to the lecturer. No assistant can be paid either.
Role and Requirements for the host university
The course should be
The host university decides the course content and guides the volunteer towards desired syllabus.
The Host Institution is also required to fill out a report form after the visit of the volunteer.
When warranted, continuing participation in the VLP or VVLP by a single university in the developing world is encouraged.
The CDC maintains the Volunteer Lecturer Database, a database of the mathematicians interested in volunteering. It includes the mathematician's curriculum vitae (CV), the areas of focus in mathematics in which they are prepared to teach, language abilities, as well as previous experience.
Lecturers interested to participate in the program, should read the guidelines for lecturers and register here.
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