IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowship Program 2021: Apply by May 31

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Applications are invited for the International Mathematical Union (IMU) Breakout Graduate Fellowship Program 2021.

The International Mathematical Union, with the assistance of FIMU, maintains a fellowship program to support postgraduate studies, in a developing country, leading to a Ph.D. degree in the mathematical sciences. The IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowships 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 in research and teaching in mathematics.


The fellowship can cover the entire period of the doctoral program up to four years of the student (nominee). The following costs up to a maximum of USD 10.000 per year can be covered by the grant.

  1. Full tuition fee.
  2. Accommodation expenses.
  3. Travel expenses to the host institution (if different from the home country)
  4. Basic living expenses will depend on the cost of the living of the country in which the student will study his/ her doctoral program.


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Eligibility Criteria

The nomination form has to be filled out online and be submitted by the nominator. Students cannot apply themselves for the fellowship. Paper applications are not accepted. Changes after submission are not possible.

Conditions for the Nominator (Professional Mathematician)

  • Professional mathematicians (including those who have superannuated, but continue to mentor young students). It is preferable that the nominator has been mentoring the nominee.

Conditions for the Nominee (Student)

  • The student must be A) resident AND B) a citizen of a developing country
  • The student must either
    • A) be pre-accepted to join a doctoral program in the first academic year after the time of selection in a university or research institution which is based in a developing country. OR
    • B) already be enrolled in a doctoral program in a university or research institution which is based in a developing country
  • There is no age limit for the student.

Nomination for women students is strongly encouraged.

How to Apply?

Material to be uploaded during the process: (Only files in PDF format can be uploaded.)

  1. Statement from nominator
  2. Scanned copy of student (nominee) passport
  3. Official letter of pre-acceptance in the Ph.D. Program
  4. The budget of total expenses requested
  5. Ph.D. Supervisor CV (up to 5 pages)
  6. Research Project
  7. Two (2) letters of recommendation – they must NOT be written by the  nominator
  8. Transcripts of coursework (certified copies (e.g. stamped by the university)) of the student
    • A) BSc degree or equivalent
    • B) MSc degree or equivalent
  9. Nominee CV
  10. Nominee letter of motivation, research project, and future plans of the student
  11. Nominator declaration
  12. Ph.D. Supervisor declaration
  13. Nominee (student) declaration

Both nominations and accompanying documentation must be submitted in English only. If the documentation furnished were incomplete the entry would not be accepted for consideration. To apply online, click here.

The last date to apply is May 31, 2021.


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