Scholarship Overview

The IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowship Program offers a unique opportunity for international students from developing countries to pursue a PhD in mathematics. This fully funded scholarship aims to support mathematically talented students who are highly motivated to advance their academic and research careers in their home countries or other developing nations. The program underscores the importance of nurturing future mathematics educators and researchers, thereby contributing to the academic and societal growth of developing regions.

Host Institution(s)

The scholarship is administered by the International Mathematical Union, allowing recipients to study in any recognized university or research institution in a developing country.


The fellowship is specifically designed for PhD-level studies in the field of mathematics. It supports students who plan to complete their doctoral degrees in a developing country, enhancing the academic and research landscape in the discipline of mathematics.

Scholarship Value

The IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowship Program provides up to USD 10,000 per year, covering full tuition fees, accommodation expenses, travel expenses to the host institution, and basic living expenses. The exact amount allocated depends on the living costs in the host country and the specific needs of the student.


To be eligible for the fellowship, candidates must:

  • Be a citizen and resident of a developing country.
  • Be pre-accepted to join a doctoral program in a university or research institution in a developing country or already enrolled in such a program.
  • Demonstrate a consistently good academic record and a serious interest in pursuing a career in mathematics research and teaching.
  • Students cannot apply directly for the fellowship; they must be nominated by a professional mathematician.

Application Instructions

To apply for the IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowship Program, nominators must:

  1. Register on the International Mathematical Union platform.
  2. Complete the online application form, providing detailed information about the nominee, the proposed study plan, and the expected impact of the fellowship.
  3. Prepare and upload the required documents in PDF format, including statements from the nominator, official letters of pre-acceptance, budget details, CVs of the PhD supervisor and the student, research project proposal, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and declarations from all parties involved.

The application window for the 2024 cohort opens no later than February 14, 2024, with all materials prepared and submitted online by the nominator.