The annual meeting of the Commission for Developing Countries was held online on March 9-10, 2021.
During the meeting, the CDC decided to allow possible expenses for acquisition of material or payment of services to hold events in the online format for the Conference Support Program and the Volunteer Lecture Program.
Thanks to a generous donation by the winners of the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics - Ian Agol, Jean Bourgain, Simon Donaldson, Alex Eskin, Christopher Hacon, Martin Hairer, Maxim Kontsevich, Vincent Lafforgue, Jacob Lurie, James McKernan, Terence Tao and Richard Taylor - IMU with the assistance of FIMU is opening a new call of the IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowship Program to support postgraduate studies, in a developing country, leading to a PhD degree in the mathematical sciences.
The IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowship offers a limited number of complete grants, with a duration of up to four years, for excellent students from developing countries.
Professional mathematicians are invited to nominate highly motivated and mathematically talented students from developing coutnries who plan to complete a doctoral degree in a developing country, including their own home country. Nominees must have a consistently good academic record and must be seriously interested in pursuing a career of research and teaching in mathematics.
For a nomination to be eligible, the country of citizenship of the student, the country of residence and the country where the studies will take place must be on the list of Developing Countries, as defined by the IMU for the period of 2019-2022.
The 2021 call will be open from February 1, 2021 to May 30, 2021. For more information, please visit this page.
The Program provides modest support for emerging research groups, working in a developing country listed in Priority 1 or 2 of the IMU Definition, making it possible for them to fund their most talented students to study full-time and pursue a Master or PhD graduate degree in mathematics.
We invite applications from Teams consisting of a Principal Investigator plus his or her research group and an International Partner by March 15, 2021.
The Principal Investigator should be a university professor in mathematics holding a PhD, working at a university or research centre in a developing country listed in Priority 1 or 2 of the IMU Definition, who is already training mathematics Master’s or PhD students and who is part of a research group. The International Partner should be a mathematician working at a university or research centre not based in any of the countries listed in Priority 1 or 2 of the IMU Definition. At the time of application there should be an active and ongoing collaboration between the International Partner and Principal Investigator.
This program is managed by the GRAID Subcommittee and the American Mathematical Society.
For more information please visit https://www.mathunion.org/cdc/scholarshipsgraduate-scholarships/graduate-assistantships-developing-countries
Call for Donations to the GRAID Program
Funding for GRAID is provided by voluntary donations from mathematicians or mathematical institutions worldwide. IMU-CDC acknowledges and encourages donations to GRAID that can be done via the Friends of IMU website http://friends-imu.org/donate/#graid.
The "2020 CIMPA Research School on Functional Analysis and Applications" was held at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa during the period 13-24 January, 2020. The aim of the research school was to bring together postgraduate students and early researchers, who are within five years of graduation with their PhD, of South Africa’s higher institutions and those of the neighbouring countries who are working in the fields of functional analysis. The research school introduced them to different topics in functional analysis and gave them a broad knowledge on functional analysis and applications. The research school was also a tool for discussion and exploration of research collaboration in functional analysis. The participants had the opportunity to receive through mini courses theoretical and computational sides of several topics in functional analysis other than their areas of study.
For more information please go here.
IMU-Breakout Graduate Fellowships (BGF) awarded
The BGF Selection Committee of the CDC has completed during the month of September the evaluation of the nominations to BGF program received for the 2020 call. Three students have been awarded a BGF grant to complete a PhD program at their home countries: Benin, Indonesia and Uganda.
IMU-CDC very much appreciates the generous donations from all the Breakthrough Prize winners with which the BGF grants are funded.
The 2021 call will be announced in due time.
See also the interesting article by Della Dumbaugh appeared in the September 2019 Issue of the AMS Notices. https://www.ams.org/journals/notices/201908/rnoti-p1294.pdf
IMU-CDC Graduate Scholarships GRAID awarded
The Selection Committee has completed during the month of July the evaluation of the applications to GRAID (Graduate Research Assistantships in Developing Countries) program received for the 2020 call. Three research teams of Benin, Nepal and Ivory Coast have been awarded a GRAID grant to support one PhD student each. A team of Cameroon has received a grant to support one PhD student and two MS students.
GRAID program is funded thanks to kind donations from mathematicians or mathematical institutions worldwide. IMU-CDC very much appreciates all the donations that are welcome, via the Friends of IMU website http://friends-imu.org/donate/#graid
The 2021 call of GRAID program will be announced in due time.
More information in: https://www.mathunion.org/cdc/scholarships/graduate-scholarships
The "African Workshop on Mathematical Optimisation" was held at the University of Zululand, South Africa during the period 11-15 November, 2019. With the target of introducing state of the art methods and developments in mathematical optimization, the school addressed a variety of topics in this field. Main topics included linear and non-linear programming, stochastic optimization, large scale optimization, dynamic optimization, multilevel programming and game theory along with computational optimization, specifically metaheuristics.
For more information please go here.
The "CIMPA School on Group Actions in Arithmetic and Geometry" was held at the Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia during the period 17-28 February, 2020. The lectures were held by 12 lecturers from 4 different countries. There were 65 participants (not including the lecturers) from 11 countries. The program of the school was designed to give a wide variety of instances of actions of groups in arithmetic and geometry. The topics which were covered included: finite fields, coding theory, covering spaces, representation theory, modular forms and Galois theory.
Further information can be found here.
For the report go here.
The "16th Discussion Meeting in Harmonic Analysis" was held at the Indian Institute of Science Educaton and Research, Bhopal, India during the period 16-19 December, 2019. This conference is the most important activity in the area of harmonic analysis in India and is conducted once in every two years. The main goal of the conference is to provide young researchers with a platform in order for them to interact with the leading experts in this area. There were around 95 participants at the conference, with participants from all around the world. The conference featured about 25 research talks by invited speakers and participants along with a poster session by young researchers.
For the report go here.