The Volunteer Lecturer Program (VLP) of the IMU Commission for Developing Countries was established in 2008 by the International Mathematical Union (IMU) and the United States National Committee for Mathematics (USNCM), an IMU adhering body.
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. 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. Only host institutions can apply for the grant in 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. 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 of the Volunteer Lecturer up to 4,400 EUR:
Additionally, the grant can support
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 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.
If you experience problems, please contact