Call for applications IMU-Simons Foundation Travel

IMU-Simons Travel Fellowship Program supports collaborative research visits of mathematicians working in the developing world to a center of excellence in any part of the world for collaborative research in mathematics.

This grant will support mathematicians working in a developing or economically disadvantaged country (as determined by the IMU-CDC) to travel to a center of excellence in any part of the world for collaborative research (in mathematics).

In exceptional cases, the funds can also be used by mathematicians from developed countries to visit centers of research in developing countries to do collaborative research with mathematicians working there.

The program is administered by IMU- CDC and funded by the Simons Foundation.   

Basic Requirements: 

  • Applicants must hold a PhD in Mathematics,
  • be based in a developing country and
  • be employed as a faculty member of a university or equivalent institution

Additional Requirements:

  • The applicant should already have established contact with a mathematician in the host institution and should have a definite research plan which must be submitted, along with the curriculum vitae of both mathematicians at the time of applying for this grant.
  • The host institution should cover all local living expenses like accommodation and boarding.
  • The applicant should have been granted appropriate leave of absence from his/her home institution which will cover the period of the visit.
  • Minimal length of a visit is one month.

All applications should, besides the online application form, contain all of the following:

Curriculum Vitae (CV) including a selected list of publications (max. 3 pages),

  • a detailed research program including expected interaction with local mathematicians, Ph.D. students, etc. (minimum 100 words and including general aim and schedule of research visit),
  • a formal letter of invitation from the host institution which clearly specifies the period of the visit as well as the extent of its financial commitment. (It is expected that the host institution at least completely covers all local living expenses like accommodation and boarding). This letter should be send by the host institution by email to:

Financial Support: 

The travel grant under this scheme will completely cover the travel costs from the place of work of the applicant to that of the host to the extent of economy class airfare and surface (public) transport, all visa fees as well as travel and health insurance charges up to USD 5,000.

More information can be found here:

You can also find other grants and funding possibilities for mathematicians from developing countries and economically disadvantages countries.