International Mathematical Union (IMU) and Commission for Developing Countries (CDC) are now accepting applications for their Graduate Research Assistantships in Developing Countries (GRAID) Program. The deadline for submission of applications is 15th March, 2020.
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.
It is assumed that the emerging research group has an ongoing collaboration with an international mathematician. The students will receive a monthly stipend to study full-time and pursue a Master or PhD graduate degree in mathematics and they will be supported additionally by linking their research with an international mathematician.
IMU/CDC Graduate Research Assistantships in Developing Countries (GRAID) Program Eligibility.
- The Principal Investigator should be a university professor in mathematics holding a PhD and live and work in a university or research center in a developing country listed in Priority 1 or 2 of the IMU CDC Definition of Developing Countries, and who is already training mathematics Master’s or PhD students, and who is part of a research group.
- The International Partner should be a mathematician working in a university or research center not based in any of the countries listed in Priority 1 or 2 of the IMU CDC Definition of Developing Countries.
The International Partner and Principal Investigator should be in regular contact, for instance using modern communication technology. At the time of application there should be an active and ongoing collaboration between the International Partner and Principal Investigator.
The Principal Investigator will be responsible for ensuring smooth sustained communication in the Team between:
- the graduate research assistants,
- the International Partner, and
- the GRAID Committee.
IMU/CDC Graduate Research Assistantships in Developing Countries (GRAID) Program Funding.
The amount of the stipend per graduate research assistant should not exceed USD 3,500 per year. The exact amount will be decided by the GRAID Committee on a case-by-case basis depending on the local cost of living. One Team can apply for up to 3 graduate research assistantships.
The following costs can be covered by the stipend:
- Accommodation expenses of the graduate research assistant
- Basic living expenses
Funding for the graduate research assistantships will be provided by voluntary donations from mathematicians or mathematical institutions worldwide.
IMU/CDC Graduate Research Assistantships in Developing Countries (GRAID) Program Duration of Support.
- For PhD students the stipend will typically cover 4 years depending on satisfactory progress based on annual reports. Extensions for up to 6 months will be decided at the discretion of the GRAID Committee.
- Master students will typically be funded for 1 year. Extensions for up to 6 months will be decided at the discretion of the GRAID Committee
How to Apply for IMU/CDC Graduate Research Assistantships in Developing Countries (GRAID) Program.
They invite applications from Teams consisting of:
- the Principal Investigator (PI) plus his or her research group, and
- the International Partner.
The PI has to complete an online application form, via the MathPrograms
The following documents have to be uploaded during the application process:
- A short CV of the PI and a short CV of the International Partner,
- A narrative Collaboration Proposal (not to exceed 3 pages) based on the already existing contacts between PI and International Partner. It must contain the following:
- The proposal should describe their professional relationship, the research group the PI hopes to foster, the number of PhD and/or Master students they hope to support and a summary of their vision for the training of these students.
- The research plan.
- An itemized budget for the requested support.
- The proposal should be signed by PI and International Partner.
- A reference letter, from the International Partner supporting the application, to be uploaded by the International Partner on receipt of an email requesting him/her to do so.