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Individual Research Travel Support Program

Upcoming Deadlines (for complete applications):

  • February 1, 2018 (Decisions will be made by March 30, 2018)
  • June 1, 2018 (Decisions will be made by July 30, 2018)
  • October 1, 2018 (Decisions will be made by November 30, 2018)

If your application is NOT completed by the deadline, it CANNOT be considered for evaluation. Please send your application at least two weeks in advance so it can be checked.

Please note that we recommend African Mathematicians to apply for the IMU Simons African Fellowship (open until 2021). 

This program supports travel costs for RESEARCH visits (minimum stay is four weeks) by mathematicians based in developing and economically disadvantaged countries.

Please note that this program CANNOT support travel cost to any conference, summer school or workshops. CDC programs cannot cover the cost of accompanying family members.

Eligibility criteria for Applicants

1. They should hold a PhD in Mathematics

2. They must be based (place of work) in a developing country. CDC classifies countries whose Gross National Income per Capita (GNI) is less than 11,000 USD as "Developing Country". For a list please go here

3. They should be employed as a faculty member of a university or an equivalent institution.

4. They should have already established contact with a mathematician in the host institution and should have a definite research plan at the time of applying for the grant.

5. The host institution must cover local living expenses like accommodation and boarding.

6. The applicant should have been granted appropriate leave of absence from his/her institution for the period of visit.

7. Minimal length of visit should be one month.

Basic Application requirements

1. The online application form has to be submitted.

2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) of BOTH the applicant and the host professor must be submitted. It must include a selected list of publications. (Max. 3 pages)

3. A detailed Research program has be to be included. It has to cover:

  • Expected interaction with local mathematicians and PhD students
  • General aim of the visit
  • Schedule of research visit (including planned lectures/ meetings with colleagues etc.)

3. Budget details must be included. It should be a detailed draft of the approximate spending (see 'Grant details' below for an overview of what is covered) on the visit.

4. A formal letter of invitation has to be sent by the host institution directly to This letter must specify the period of the visit as well as the financial commitment (the cost of accommodation and local living expenses must be covered by them). It should also include information regarding office space/ or at least a desk that the host must provide in the mathematics department of the university, along with internet access and the information that the host will cover accommodation and possibly some living costs.

5. The application must be submitted online.

6. Please submit the completed bank information form in order to receive your funds.

Grant details

1. The amount that is awarded usually ranges between 1,500 USD - 2,500 USD.

2. The Grant can cover the following costs:

  • Flight cost (economy class) from the place of work of the applicant to that of the host institution.
  • Travel cost to and from the airport and the place of work of the applicant (public transport)
  • Travel cost to and from the airport and the host institution (public transport)
  • VISA fees
  • Travel Health insurance

3. As already mentioned, living costs CANNOT be covered as a part of the grant. This must be covered by the host institution.

4. This grant CANNOT support travel costs to attend workshops or conferences.


  1. If you do not receive an automated reply after submitting the application, let us know via
  2. If you are applying for the the Individual Travel Fellowship then you CANNOT apply for the Abel Visiting Scholar program or the Simons African Fellowship Program simultaneously.
  3. This grant CANNOT support travel costs to attend workshops or conferences.
  4. In exceptional cases the funds can be used by mathematicians from developed countries to visit centers of research in developing countries for a collaborative research project with mathematicians working there.
  5. The application form can be found here.
  6. If for some reason the visit is postponed/ canceled, you must inform us immediately.
  7. We advise Mathematicians from Africa to apply for the IMU Simons African Fellowship Program.


Final Report Form (for scientific and financial report)

For the final report (when returned home) please use the Report Form.

Selection Committee

The Grant Selection Committee (GSC) consists of the CDC Secretary for Grants Selection as Chair and has six other members, three from CDC and three others, each representing Latin America, Africa and Asia respectively.

The applications are circulated to the GSC through the IMU Secretariat in Berlin, Germany.