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Information and Registration for Host Institutions

List of Volunteer Lecturers

The CDC database of volunteers contains a list of mathematicians (worldwide) willing to volunteer and including the mathematician's curriculum vitae (CV), the areas of mathematics in which they are prepared to teach, language abilities and dates of availability.

In order to view the database you have to log into the IMU website.

If your institution is not registered on the IMU website, please register an account. 

If you already have a registration for the IMU website, please log in here.

Once you are logged in you will be able to see the database here.

Program Outline for Universities in Developing Countries

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. Also courses for a degree 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.

Costs of the lecturer (up to USD 5000 paid in EUR) will be covered by IMU/ CDC. The host university will have no financial obligations toward the lecturer.   


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 is expected to assign a local mathematics professor who will

  • 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.


Who decides the course content?

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


Per approved course CDC can cover up to USD 5000 paid in EUR for the following cost of the Volunteer Lecturer: 

  • Travel expense of the lecturer (Economic flight, bus, train cost)
  • Visa, travel health insurance, vaccination for the lecturer
  • Accommodation (we suggest a guest house if possible)
  • basic living expenses of the lecturer during the time of the course
  • Preparation of course material (printing, photocopying, books etc. up to 200 EUR per course and volunteer (receipts necessary)

However no salary is paid to the lecturer.

No assistant can be paid either.

All invoices have to be kept by the lecturer and be send (original) to the IMU Secretariat after the visit.

How to apply for a Volunteer Lecturer Grant

Information how to apply for participation and a Volunteer Lecturer Grant can be found here.

If you experience problems, please contact

Upcoming Deadlines for Host Institutions to apply for a volunteer lecture

  • 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.