The Commission for Developing Countries invites applications for two scholarship schemes to support graduate studies, in a developing country, leading to a Master or PhD degree in the mathematical sciences.

Graduate Research Assistantships in Developing Countries (GRAID) Program: The Program provides research assistantships to graduate – PhD and Master – students of emerging research groups working in a developing country listed in Priority 1 or 2 of the IMU CDC Definition of Developing Countries. It provides modest support for emerging research groups, making it possible for them to fund their most talented students as graduate research assistants, thereby fostering the growth of a mathematics community. The GRAID Program is funded by voluntary donations from mathematicians or mathematical institutions worldwide.

IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowship Program: Thanks to a generous donation by the winners of the Breakthrough Prizes in Mathematics  – Ian Agol, Jean Bourgain, Simon Donaldson, Maxim Kontsevich, Jacob Lurie, Terence Tao and Richard Taylor – the International Mathematical Union, with the assistance of FIMU and TWAS launched in 2016 a fellowship program to support postgraduate studies, in a developing country, leading to a PhD degree in the mathematical sciences.The IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowships offer a limited number of grants for excellent students from developing countries.

Worth of Award
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


  • They should hold a PhD in Mathematics
  • 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”.
  • They should be employed as a faculty member of a university or an equivalent institution.
  • 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.
  • The host institution must cover local living expenses like accommodation and boarding.
  • The applicant should have been granted appropriate leave of absence from his/her institution for the period of visit.
  • The minimal length of the visit should be one month.
How to Apply
  • The Online Application Form has to be submitted.
  • 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)
  • 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.)
  • The Tentative Budget Form 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.
  • A formal letter of invitation has to be sent by the host institution directly to [email protected] 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.
  • Please submit the completed bank information form in order to receive your funds.

Deadline: applications close as follows:

  • 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)

Click here for more details and to apply

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