Nominate: IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowship 2020

Deadline: 31 May, 2020

The Commission for Developing Countries of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) aims to support postgraduate studies leading to a PhD degree in the mathematical sciences in a developing country. The IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowship offers a limited number of grants for excellent students from developing countries.

Professional mathematicians are invited to nominate highly motivated and mathematically talented students from developing countries who plan to complete a doctoral degree in a developing country, including their own home country. Nominees must have a consistently good academic record and must be seriously interested in pursuing a career of research and teaching in mathematics.

It is the hope of the donors, the IMU and Friends of the IMU (FIMU), that the fellowship will help educate the next generation of mathematicians and hopefully results in extended benefits to the home countries of those chosen to receive the fellowship grants.


The fellowship can cover the entire period of the doctoral programme up to four years for each student (nominee). The following costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per year, can be covered by the grant:

  • Full tuition fee
  • Accommodation expenses
  • Travel expenses to the host institution (if different from the home country)
  • Basic living expenses that will depend on the cost of living in the country in which the student will study for their doctorate.


  • Nominator must be a professional mathematician (including those who have retired but continue to mentor young students). It is preferable that the nominator has been mentoring the nominee.
  • The nominee must be a resident and a citizen of a developing country.
  • The student must either be pre-accepted to join a doctoral programme in the first academic year after the time of selection, in a university or research institution that is based in a developing country, or already be enrolled in a doctoral programme in a university or research institution which is based in a developing country
  • There is no age limit for the student (nominee).
  • Nomination of women students is strongly encouraged.

To nominate and for more information click here.


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