American Mathematical Society, Programs and Travel Grants

1 859Program ID: AMS-AMSSIMONS [#859]
Program Title: AMS-Simons Travel Grants
Program Location: various locations
Application Deadline: 2020/03/31 11:59PMhelp popup** finished (2020/02/01, finished 2020/06/16)
Program Description:    

*** this program has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

Please note: The application deadline for the AMS Simons Travel Grant program is March 31, 2020, at 11:59pm Eastern time. Reference writers will be afforded additional time to submit their letters, if needed. The award notifications may occur later than the usual June 1 announcement date.

The AMS is pleased to announce the AMS-Simons Travel Grants, with support provided by the Simons Foundation. Each grant provides an early-career mathematician with $2,500 per year for two years to be used for research-related travel. Up to seventy awards will be made in 2020. Applicants must be located in the United States (or be U.S. citizens employed outside the U.S.) and must have completed the PhD within the last four years. The department of the awardee will also receive a small amount of funding to help enhance its research environment.


The AMS-Simons Travel Grants Program acknowledges the importance of research interaction and collaboration in mathematics, and aims to facilitate this for recent PhD recipients.

These grants will provide support for a significant number of committed researchers who have limited opportunities for travel and conferences and for collaborative work.

Amount of funding: Each recipient will have access to a total of $5,000 over a two-year period to support travel.


  • Individuals must have earned a PhD degree (or its equivalent) within four years of the grant start date in order to be eligible. During the current application cycle, the date of PhD receipt must be between 4/1/2016 and 6/30/2020 inclusive. For any program, fellowship, prize or award that has a maximum period of eligibility after receipt of the doctoral degree, the selection committee may use discretion in making exceptions to the limit on eligibility for candidates whose careers have been interrupted for reasons such as family or health. Therefore, an applicant who has had to slow down or temporarily stop his or her career for personal reasons may request to be considered for an extension in the amount of time after the PhD degree.
  • Applicants must be employed by U.S. institutions, have U.S. home addresses, or be U.S. citizens working abroad.
  • The applicant's research must be in an area supported by the Division of Mathematical Sciences of the National Science Foundation. This includes Algebra, Number Theory, Analysis, Applied Mathematics, Combinatorics, Computational Mathematics, Foundations, Geometric Analysis, Mathematical Biology, Probability, Statistics, and Topology.
  • Ineligible for these travel grants are:
    • anyone who has been awarded an AMS-Simons Travel Grant previously
    • anyone currently in residence at an NSF mathematics Institute
    • anyone receiving external funds that include substantial support for research or travel
    • anyone already receiving research support from an external source (for instance, National Security Agency or National Science Foundation).

Choose a Mentor

Each applicant will choose a mentor with whom to interact during the two-year period of the grant. The ideal mentor is someone who is an active senior participant in the applicant's research area and or a trusted senior colleague in the applicant's department. The mentor will be expected to interact with the awardee on a regular basis throughout the two-year period of the grant. In particular, the mentor will consider the appropriateness of proposed travel with the awardee. The awardee must receive approval from his or her mentor before each trip.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via this application site, All coversheet and extra questions must be completely filled out. Submit the application and check its entry on the Status screen. Each applicant must enter the names of exactly two references; ONE must be a letter from the Mentor, affirming that he or she agrees to serve the role described above. THE OTHER reference must be from an individual in the same area of research as the applicant; however this CANNOT be the thesis advisor or a co-author. Choosing more than two reference names for this application will disqualify the applicant from consideration.

In addition, please upload the following two documents:

  1. A CV. The CV should be limited to two pages, and should include the following sections, and be limited to professional information only: Education and training (including thesis advisor(s), institutions, departments, degrees and dates), Appointments (list all academic or professional appointments, beginning with current appointment), and a list of submitted, accepted or published books and papers as of 31 March 2020 (include names of all authors, article and journal title, volume, page, year).
  2. A statement of current research, starting with a half page scientific summary accessible to a non-specialist mathematician. The document should be limited to two and a half pages.

The deadline for submission of 2020 applications is 11:59 p.m., Eastern time, MARCH 31, 2020.

What to expect

Selection: Panelists will grant awards in a broad spectrum of mathematics and will consider the goal of diversity in the group of awardees, including geographical diversity, avoiding concentrating awards among a few institutions. Decisions will be announced by June 1, 2020.

Procedures for awardees: Each recipient of an AMS-Simons Travel Grant must request prior approval from his or her designated mentor for each trip that will be reimbursed. The recipient will indicate the intention of the trip, and the approximate level of support expected. During the period of the travel award, recipients may continue to request funds until the full amount of the award is used. It will be possible for a recipient to request an extension of the time period to use the funds, up to one year past the end of the original grant.

Eligible travel expenses: Awardees may use travel funds for research-related travel, such as travel to a conference, a university or an institute, or to visit a collaborator. It will also be possible to bring a collaborator to visit. Other research-related travel may be supported, subject to the approval of the awardee's mentor. Expenses for travel may include advance-purchase economy airfare, hotel, transportation to and from an airport, and meals. Awardees will be encouraged, but not required, to use U.S.-Flag Air carriers for foreign air travel. Detailed guidelines, similar to those in place for NSF awards, will be provided to the awardee. Only travel expenses that have advance approval by the awardee's mentor will be reimbursed.

Funding for the awardee's department: The department of each early career mathematician who receives a travel grant will receive an amount equal to 20% of the travel grant each year. This amount is not university overhead, but rather is to be used by the department to enhance its research environment.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the program description.

Further Info:
Professional Programs Department
American Mathematical Society
201 Charles Street
Providence, RI 02904

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