IMU-CDC African Diaspora Mathematicians Program (ADMP) 2017

IMU-CDC African Diaspora Mathematicians Program (ADMP) 2017

Deadline: January 31, 2017

Apply to the African Diaspora Mathematicians Program 2017. The Commission for Developing Countries (CDC), a commission of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), wishes to tap the expertise of Diaspora mathematicians, in a more formal manner, in order to provide additional staff and support to mathematics departments. Initially, the Program will be run as a pilot program in Africa for two years (May 2017 – June 2019) and will involve a total of three partnerships.

The objective of the ADMP is to strengthen appreciation and understanding of mathematics, particularly at the postgraduate level, by utilising the expertise of African Diaspora mathematicians, whilst at the same time encouraging collaboration in research by mathematicians in Africa and those in the African Diaspora, through the partnerships established in the Program.

Activities undertaken through partnerships:

The African Diaspora mathematician shall visit the partner university in Africa, once a year for 3 – 6 weeks in order to undertake the following activities, among others:

  • Postgraduate (starting from Master level) teaching and examination;
  • Postgraduate supervision;
  • Curriculum design or improvement;
  • Research collaboration;
  • Mentorship of young staff members and postgraduate students;
  • Advice on acquisition of software, literature and other educational materials;
  • Exploring the possibility of establishing a formal link between the host university and the African Diaspora’s home university or other universities;
  • Deliver public talks to general public on the potential of mathematics and STEM for development.


Three partnerships will be funded for two years with each partnership granted Euro 7,000 annually to be used as follows, subject to the monetary policies of the IMU:

  • The African Diaspora mathematician shall receive up to Euro 6,000 (based on invoices) to cover airfare, travel insurance, visa processing and living expenses for 3 to 6 weeks at the host university in Africa;
  • The African Diaspora mathematician shall, in addition, be granted Euro 1,000 per year (based on invoices), to acquire educational material such as books, software, journals and other learning material, to be left to the host institution.


Candidates should be

  • Mathematicians with a PhD who were born and raised in Africa and are now full-time employed outside of Africa as professors in mathematics;
  • Mathematics academic units at any university in Africa who want to build long term connections with African Diaspora Mathematicians and hopefully the home institution of the Diaspora Mathematician.

Application Process

  • Step 1: Fill out and submit the online application form
  • Step 2: Send an email to the ADMP Administrator which has to contain the following three (3) documents in PDF only:
    • Letter from the Vice-Chancellor of the host institution affirming that the proposed partnership has been discussed with the host institution and confirming support for the partnership and activities;
    • A letter from the Vice-Chancellor of the home university of the African Diaspora mathematician affirming awareness of the Program and giving permission for the participation of the African Diaspora mathematician;
    • A recent CV – maximum 5 pages – which must include a list of your most recent five publications.

Please send the three documents via email to: [email protected] 

The ADMP selection committee will start to review the applications in February 2017 and the ADMP administrator will contact the African Diaspora Mathemartician in case of further requested data and once a decision has been taken.

For more information, visit African Diaspora Mathematicians Program.