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Information and Registration for Lecturers

If you want to register to the VLP program, please:

  1. register here.
  2. fill out the Volunteer Lecturer Registration Form.

After the submission your request will be viewed by the VLP subcommittee and after their approval the data will be available for host institutions.

There is no deadline to apply for registration as a Volunteer Lecturer. 

Program Outline and Requirements for Lecturers

Overview to become a volunteer Lecturer: volunteer Lecturer

Mathematicians with a PhD (for at least 4 years before applying to become a lecturer in this program) who teach in mathematics departments or have a regular governmental or industrial position related to mathematics teaching and research and who are interested to lecture for intensive 3-4 week courses at universities in the developing world, at the advanced undergraduate or master level in topics such as statistics, differential equations, numerical analysis, etc., the capacity for which is lacking at many universities in developing nations/ countries.



Lecturers have to hold a PhD in the mathematical sciences and be employed in a university as a lecturer in the mathematical sciences (or governmental or industrial positions with a focus on the mathematical sciences) to be eligible to participate in the program. The lecturer should have finished his/ her PhD at least 4 (four) years after he/ she applies as a lecturer. 

Our volunteers should be professional mathematicians with regular positions (lecturers/professors) in universities (teaching in mathematics or related departments/faculties) to which they will return after their VLP course has finished.

Past experience in the developing world is desirable but not necessary. However what is required is tolerance for working in circumstances of modest resources, unexplained inefficiencies, and limited physical comforts.

The lecturer will be assisted by a local mathematics professor who prepares the students beforehand, assists when necessary during the course, and takes care of any necessary follow-up. These courses should have a student audience of 15-20 or more, be controlled with examinations, and be part of a regular degree program at the university at which they are offered.



Funds for all living expenses, including travel, visa, health insurance, necessary vaccination, accommodation and living costs (up to 4400 EURO), will be provided by IMU/ CDC or its partner organizations.

However, CDC requests that the mathematician's home institution offers leave with pay (continue to pay the salary during his/her 3-4 week absence). No honorarium/ salary is paid for the VLP.

We believe that a strong case can be made that cooperation with this program will not only bring personal and professional benefit to the lecturer, but will also redound to the credit of the lecturer's home institution.


Health Insurance

The CDC requests that the volunteer, prior to departure, obtains an international health insurance which covers all costs for necessary medical treatment abroad and repatriation in the event of illness or an accident. Volunteer lecturers should arrange for any additional health insurance, including medical evacuation insurance, prudent during their VLP assignment. Costs of such insurance can be charged as part of the VLP grant support provided by IMU.  



IMU/ CDC works with the host institutions to insure a secure and productive stay in the country of the host institution from the moment of arrival to the moment of departure. Although IMU/CDC makes every effort to insure only placements in relatively safe, secure and healthy environments, neither the International Mathematical Union or its Commission for Developing Countries can assume liability for the health and safety of its lecturers.

We advise all volunteer lecturers to check with their Ministry of Foreign Affairs/ State Department prior to their departure regarding safety, health issues (including immunization) and health insurance. This source also provides helpful guidance and general comments on travel to the country and region hosting the volunteer lecturer.

Process and Application

Application as a LecturerProcess and Application

If you are already registered, you can login to your profile 'My Profile Lecturer' and edit your data.


Matching Process

The application and matching process go as follows:

  1. The host insitution researches for lecturer (s) in the volunteer database based on the host insitutions needs and the kind of expertise and periods of availability indicated in the VLP database.
  2. The host insitution contacts the lecturer (s) concerning their interest and availability (the host insitution can contact the IMU Secretariat for the email addresses of the lecturer (s) if the addresses are not available on the lecturer's university website).
  3. The lecturer and host institution agree on the precise dates and course content, local living arrangements and expeceted total local costs.
  4. The lecturer researches the travel(economic flight), health insurace and visa cost.
  5. The host institution sends an official letter of invitation from the university to the lecturer.
  6. The lecturer signs the Travel Reimbursement and Insurance Information and sends it to the Host Institution. 
  7. The host institution applies for the VLP grant (see deadlines below) and include the expected costs of the flight, accommodation and visa (total shall not exceed USD 5000 in EUR) and the official letter of invitation from the host institution and the Travel Reimbursement and Insurance Information  
  8. The CDC subcommittee for Volunteer Lecturer Programs approves the grant for the lecturer based on the agreements and availability of funding.

If the funding is approved by the CDC - VLP:

  1. If all parties agree and funding is approved; the lecturer's visit is scheduled and the flight is booked (either by the lecturer or by the IMU Secretariat).
  2. At least two weeks before the scheduled Volunteer Lecturer Course the host institution informs the lecturer about the assistant (local mathematics professor) who prepares the students beforehand, assists the volunteer lecturer when necessary during the course, and takes care of any necessary follow-up and puts both into contact.
  3. After the volunteer lecture period the VLP lecturer and the host institution each submit a report about their experience and evaluation including a request for reimbursement (including a copy of the receipts of all costs e.g. flight cost, vaccination, visa cost, accommodation, living cost, health insurance). They should also send a few pictures from the visit for the CDC website.