Collaborations with Developing Countries (formally International Short Visits) - Scheme 5

Objectives:  The grant is to support a visit for collaborative research, either by the grant holder to a developing country (as defined by the IMU Commission for Developing Countries (see where mathematics could be considered to be in a disadvantaged position, or by a named mathematician from an aforementioned country in which mathematics could be considered to be in a disadvantaged position, to the home base of the grant holder.

Applicants unsure if the proposed country is eligible under a Scheme 5 grant should contact the Grants Team. Applicants will be expected to explain in their application why the selected country fits the circumstances considered eligible for Scheme 5 funding. For other visits, a Scheme 2 or Scheme 4 grant may be more appropriate.


  • The applicant should be a mathematician based in the UK.
  • Non LMS members will need to ask an LMS member to counter-sign their application.


  • Applicants are responsible for making all the arrangements for the visit.
  • The grant is intended to support collaborative research or academic activities that will benefit the country concerned. 
  • Visits to the UK are expected to be at least 14 days. 
  • If the visit includes attending a conference, it must include other academic activities which would justify the grant, and it should be for a period of 14 days in addition to any time spent at the conference.
  • If the visit includes attending a conference, the grant cannot be used to cover any expenses incurred during the period of the conference.

Value of award

For visits to the UK, the maximum award is £3,000 towards actual expenses for:

  • Travel (international and within the UK)
  • Accommodation and subsistence (maximum of £2,000, with a limit of £100 per day).

For visits from the UK, the maximum award is £2,000 towards actual expenses for travel, accommodation and subsistence.

In addition, the Society allows an additional amount (of up to £200) to cover Caring Costs for those who have dependents.

Deadlines and decision timetable:

Applications should be submitted well in advance of the date of the visit.

Application Deadline

Decision Date

Start Date of Visit

15 September


February to May

22 January

February / March

June to September

15 May


October to January

  • Please note that applications will not be considered between mid-June and mid-October.
  • Grants will not be made retrospectively.

Queries regarding applications can be addressed to the Grants Administrator or the Chair of the Researc Grants Committee (RGC) who will be pleased to discuss proposals informally with potential applicants and give advice on the submission of an application.

Grant Administrator:  Anthony Byrne (020 7 927 0807).  Email: 

Chair of the Research Grants Committee (RGC): Dr Francis Clarke

Application Form:

Please note that application forms can be submitted via email to