As an international research centre, the Isaac Newton Institute is committed to equal opportunities and breaking down barriers throughout all of our activities.

Of the ~2,500 researchers and scientists that visit INI as either programme or workshop participants throughout a typical year, roughly a third will be based in the UK, a third will be based in Europe, and a third will be based in North America, Asia and the rest of the world. We are consequently aware that providing support to mathematical minds from all corners of the globe is key to maintaining our position at the forefront of the science.

As a result, the Institute delivers this scheme to support mathematicians working in low and middle income countries to attend our academic events by offering contributions towards their travel and visa costs.


This scheme is open to:

  • Programme participants who plan to visit the Institute for at least 2 weeks
  • A small number of workshop participants per workshop

Eligible participants will be contacted directly by the Institute, so please register for programmes and workshops in the normal way. No other action is required in the first instance.

Please note– you will be required to upload an up to date CV and a support letter from your home institution to the application form. The letter should state how much funding they are able to provide and why this visit would be of benefit to you


Eligibility Criteria

  • Currently employed at an institute in a country on the 2024 IMU list
  • Programme participants must have a minimum stay of 2 weeks. Priority will be given to those who work in an institution in tiers Priority 1-3
  • Workshop participants- priority will be given to those who work at an institution in tiers Priority 1-3
  • Applicants who are working towards their PhD must be at a minimum in their 3rd year, and preferably in their 4th year


We use the International Mathematical Union (IMU) list of low and middle income countries when considering applications. We will focus on the country that applicants are currently working in, rather than nationality.

To find out more about the IMU list, please see- 



Can I get funding from the scheme if I am a workshop participant?

There is a limited amount of funds for workshop participants. You will be contacted by us if you are eligible and invited to apply if you need the support. Once the deadline has passed, we will review all of the applications and then make an appropriate decision. Priority will be given to applicants working in countries on tiers Priority 1-3 on the IMU list.

What funding support can I apply for?

This scheme offers financial support towards visa and/or travel costs for successful applicants.

In line with University guidance, travel must be by the most economical means, and all travel must be standard class. Subsistence costs during the journey cannot be claimed.

Is there a minimum education level that I must meet?

Applicants must be working towards their PhD and in at least their 3rd year.

Is there a deadline for the DAC application?

For Programme participants: If eligible, you will be sent a link to the funding application form 4 months before the programme starts. The deadline for applications will be 3 months before the programme starts.

For workshop participants: If eligible, you will be sent a link to the funding application form once the workshop deadline passes. You will be notified of the deadline to submit your application.

When will I hear the outcome of my application?

We hope to provide a decision on your application within 1 month of the LMIC deadline passing.  While we endeavour to provide an outcome within this timeframe, this may be subject to things outside of our control.

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