CIMPA-ICTP Research in Pairs for mathematicians in developing countries

This programme provides support to young researchers in mathematics from developing countries, so they can come to Europe to build or continue a strong research in pair collaboration project with a European researcher.

During this period, it is expected that these two people work together on a well-substantiated research project, mainly in the institute of the European colleague. The visit should have a duration of at least 6 weeks.

During the stay, the laureate must include a visit to CIMPA on the campus of Université Côte d'Azur or to ICTP in Trieste in order to record/broadcast a mini-course (of approximately 8 hours, in French or English) on mathematics at Masters/beginning of PhD level. Note that this is an important part of the application as the lectures will become an exemplary course for all students who want to learn about this topic. It needs therefore to be prepared with care.

The laureate and his/her colleague may propose to carry out part of their collaboration (one to two weeks) in one of the partner centres: CRMCIRM, ICTP or MFO. In this case, the cost of the colleague’s stay (but not the travel) will be covered by CIMPA, ICTP or the partner centre in addition to the financial support already offered;

In addition to his or her collaborative research project, the laureate may schedule visits to other laboratories or centres (not limited to the above countries but within Europe) to meet with other colleagues or attend courses or conferences. This "non-collaboration" time will represent no more than 1/4 of the total time of the visit.

Field of research


Who can apply

The guidelines for this programme are:

  • The candidate is a researcher holding a PhD in mathematics who is based in a  developing country at the time of the application and with a passport indicates a nationality from a developing country. By definition, a developing country must be a country both in the IMU list and in the UNESCO list  (click on developing regions). If you are based in a country which is only in one of the two lists, please email us before applying;
  • The European colleague is a researcher holding a PhD in mathematics who will be based, throughout the candidate’s entire stay, in one of the following countries: Germany, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland;

The maximum amount of support is EUR 10,000. Alone or with other supports, this should cover all the costs (transportation, accommodation, insurance, PCR test, quarantine, etc.) of the laureate during the entire visit. The amount is determined based on the length, location and activities, and travel costs of the laureate. It can only cover her or his personal costs.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through an online form. A PDF version of this form is available, containing the fields to be filled out as well as additional details on the terms and conditions.