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Individual Travel Support Program

The Individual Travel Research Program supports mathematicians from developing countries to travel to a mathematical institution (worldwide) for collaborative research (minimum stay of four weeks). The reaserch visit has to be tied to a specific research project/plan and a collaborating institute.

The grant is intended to cover travel costs of the grantees for up to 5,000 Euro which covers accommodation and local living expenses for the first month. Any additional support from a different institution must be declared in the application.

Applications for longer stays are encouraged, but the awarded grant cannot be used to cover expenditures after the first month. Priority will be given to applicants that receive support from the host institution unless its a first time applicant to this program.

This program does not support travel cost to any conference, summer school, workshops, celebration or jubilees. 

Upcoming Deadlines

  • October 1st, 2023 for research visits between January 15th, 2024 and January 15th, 2025 (Decisions will be made by November 15th, 2023)
  • January 15th, 2024 for research visits between May 15th, 2024 and May 15th, 2025 (Decisions will be made by March 15th, 2024)
  • April 15th, 2024 for research visits starting between August 1st, 2024 and August 1st, 2025 (Decisions will be made by June 15th, 2024)
  • July 15th, 2024 for research visits starting between November 1st, 2024 and November 1st, 2025 (Decisions will be made by September 15th, 2024)

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.


Eligibility Criteria

  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 12,375 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 applicant should have been granted appropriate leave of absence from his/her institution for the period of visit.
  6. Minimal length of visit should be one month.

Application Requirements

The online application form for the IMU Individual Travel Support Program must be completed and submitted together with the documents listed below.

A completed application form must include all of the following documents as one PDF Document:

  • Completed Online Application Form
  • 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 plan covering expected interaction with local mathematicians and PhD Students, general objectives and aims of the visit, and schedule of research visit (including planned lectures/ meetings with colleagues etc.
  • Statement from host expressing views on the visit and the research plan
  • Invitation letter by the host institution which clearly specifies the period of the visit as well as the extent of its financial commitment and support. It is expected that the host institution would at least offer office space, free Internet access and other basic amenities. A template invitation letter can be found here. The invitation has to come from the dean of the faculty for the host institution.
  • Confirmation letter by the home institution which clearly specifies the employment status of the grantee and that the applicant has been granted appropriate leave of absence from his/her home institution which will cover the period of the visit. A template can be found here.
  • Tentative budget (in EUR). Please use this template and refer to the grant details for items that can be covered.

All required documents are to be merged into one PDF file and uploaded on the Online Application Form.

If your application is not completed by the deadline, it cannot be considered for evaluation.
Applicants are advised to send their applications at least two weeks in advance, in case documents have to be supplemented.

Grant Details

1. The amount that is awarded usually ranges between 3,500 - 5,000 EUR.

2. The grant can only cover the following costs for the first month:

  • Flight cost (economy class) from the place of work of the applicant to that of the host institution.
  • Maximum four (4) Taxi fares (on submission of receipts) may be allowed to travel between the home and the airport/railway station (upon arrival and departure).
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance Charges
  • Daily Living Expenses (according to the IMU-CDC List)
  • Accommodation

3. Please note that the grant does not cover any travel costs, accommodation and living costs for requests for additional trips (e.g. to participate in conferences/ workshops) during this time. Those costs have to be covered by the grantee or his/her host institution.

The grant is disbursed in two installments:

  • First payment for flight tickets, visa fees, travel insurance, and accommodation and 50% of living costs. (Maximum 80% of the awarded grant)
  • Second payment: remaining expenses after the visit

To receive the second payment the report, pictures and all invoices must be sent to the IMU Secretariat. The grantee must submit a detailed financial report and activity with all invoices and boarding tickets to the IMU Secretariat (via email) four weeks after the conclusion of the visit.


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.

Application Forms

Please note that in order to access the online application form, you must first create an account.

You may create an account on the account registration page. You will be able to access the online form once you log into your account.


  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. 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.
  4. The application form can be found here.
  5. During the pandemic grantees are asked to book the flights independently. The flight costs can be transferred prior booking or reimbursed afterwards as long as invoices are provided. If for some reason the visit is postponed/ canceled, you must inform us immediately.

Individual Travel Support Recipients