Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, MSRI

Program ID: MSRI-SWIM [#823]
Program Title: Summer Research in Mathematics
Program Type: Other
Program Location: Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2019/11/01help popup finished (2019/08/01, finished 2020/05/03, listed until 2019/11/02)
Program Description:    

*** this program has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***


MSRI's Summer Research in Mathematics program provides space, funding, and the opportunity for in-person collaboration to small groups of mathematicians, especially women and gender-expansive individuals, whose ongoing research may have been disproportionately affected by various obstacles including family obligations, professional isolation, or access to funding. Through this effort, MSRI aims to mitigate the obstacles faced by these groups, improve the odds of research project completion, and deepen their research experience.

The ultimate goal of this program is to enhance the mathematical sciences as a whole by positively affecting the research and careers of all of its participants and assisting their efforts to maintain involvement in the research community. 


  • Groups of two to six mathematicians with partial results on an established project may submit an application to the program.
  • Each member of the group must have a Ph.D. in mathematics or advanced graduate standing.
  • At least one team member must be US based.
  • Each group may apply to be in residence at MSRI for a minimum of two weeks, though longer visits are possible.
  • All members of the group must be in residence for the duration of the visit.
  • Applicants may only apply as a member of one research group.
  • The visits must take place between June 15, 2020 and August 7, 2020.
Application Requirements:

Project Description should not exceed five pages, but must contain the following:
  • A brief history of the collaboration
  • The context, description, and goals of the research problems to be addressed
  • The partial results already obtained
  • A timeline for the project, describing how you plan to pursue this project before, during and after residence at MSRI
  • Anticipated impact on the careers of each participant
  • If any members of the group have previously benefited from this program, include a section on prior results. i.e. publications, additional speaking opportunities, career advancement
Additional required information:
  • A list of all members on the research team, including home institution, citizenship, year of PhD, current position, and gender identification
  • A biographical sketch of no more than two pages for each of the team members
  • The length of visit and preferred dates
  • A list of Mathematics Subject Classification Codes (primary and secondary)
  • A list of key words

Selection Process:

In choosing the groups, preference may be given to teams made up of a majority of US citizens and Permanent Residents, teams whose members come from a variety of institutions, teams made up of members at various stages of their careers, and proposals related to core mathematics. The impact on women’s careers will be an important factor in making the final decisions.


The following support is provided:
  • Lodging in spacious and comfortable dorm apartments on the campus of UC Berkeley
  • All meals
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses
  • For women participants with children, MSRI will provide funding that makes it possible for the member to take part fully in the program.  This may be in the form of lodging and reimbursement of travel expenses for children who accompany the member to Berkeley, plus lodging and travel expenses for a caregiver.  It may also take the form of reimbursement of additional expenses incurred allowing the children to be taken care of at home.
  • Mathematicians who are spouses or partners of invited group members will be offered shared office space


Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
Further Info:
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
17 Gauss Way
Berkeley CA 94720-5070

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