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1 975Program ID: AMS-BIRMAN21 [#975]
Program Title: The Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars
Program Location: various locations, United States
Application Deadline: 2020/12/01 11:59PMhelp popup** finished (2020/08/31, finished 2021/05/21)
Program Description:    

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

The Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars

The Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars is a mid-career research fellowship specially designed to fit the unique needs of women. This fellowship program, established in 2017, is open only to women and is made possible by a generous gift from Joan and Joseph Birman. 

The fellowship seeks to address the paucity of women at the highest levels of research in mathematics by giving exceptionally talented women extra research support during their mid-career years.

The most likely awardee is a mid-career woman, based at a U.S. academic institution, with a well-established research record in a core area of mathematics.  The fellowship will be directed toward those for whom the award will make a real difference in the development of their research career.  Candidates must have a carefully thought-through research plan for the fellowship period.  Special circumstances (such as time taken off for care of children or other family members) may be taken into consideration in making the award. The fellowship can be used to provide additional time for research of the awardee, or opportunities to work with collaborators.  This may include, but is not limited to, course buy-outs, travel money, childcare support, or support to attend special research programs. Note that no overhead costs will be covered by this grant.

Fellowship Amount:

One award will be made for the 2021-2022 academic year in the amount of US$50,000.


  • Please list three reference writers for this application and use the email links on the coversheet to send password and instructions directly to the writers.

Required Materials:

  • Research description (Research Statement): Applicant must have a carefully thought-through research plan for the fellowship period (one to three pages; no document more than three pages, including bibliographical references, will be accepted).
  • Publications List  (DO NOT ATTACH A VITA).
  • Provide a Plan  indicating how the resources provided by the fellowship will be used (no more than one page).
  • Statement of Current and Pending Support that should contain the following: 
    • support status (current or pending)
    • project/proposal title
    • source of support
    • total award amount 
    • total award period (give start and end dates for the award) 
    • location of project
    • person-months per year committed to the project (also indicate whether those months are for the Calendar year, Academic Year, or Summer)
  • A list of all positions and fellowships since PhD (DO NOT ATTACH A VITA). The applicant should list all fellowships and comparable research appointments, such as a term at one of the mathematical institutes.


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:
Programs Department
American Mathematical Society
201 Charles Street
Providence, RI 02904-2294

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