The Birman Fellowship Selection Committee
- Committee is standing
- Number of members is five
- Term is two years ending June 30 (work actually begins in November)
- Committee is appointed by the President
The principal activity of the committee is to review applications and rank the top applicants for the award of fellowships. The award amount and timing will be set by the Board of Trustees, given the current endowment. Committee members may not serve as reference writers for Birman Fellowship applicants.
Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
(as adopted by the April 2019 Council)
The American Mathematical Society is committed to promoting and facilitating equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the mathematical sciences. For its own long-term prosperity as well as that of the public at large, our discipline must connect with and appropriately incorporate all sectors of society. We reaffirm the pledge in the AMS Mission Statement to "advance the status of the profession of mathematics, encouraging and facilitating full participation of all individuals," and urge all members to conduct their professional activities with this goal in mind.
The Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars provides mid-career fellowships for research in mathematics. The fellowships are specially designed to fit the unique needs of women and are open only to women.
The funds can be used by successful candidates to provide additional time for research of the awardee, or opportunities for the awardee 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
The Committee conducts its business by email and teleconferencing and does not require any travel.
Note to the Chair
For the purpose of archiving the committee activities, the Secretary maintains a central file system for archiving committee records. Committee Chairs are asked to submit committee records on yearly basis. Chairs can submit material at their discretion, and some materials that they may wish to provide are meeting minutes, agenda, and emails. Confidential material should be noted, so that it can be handled in a confidential manner.
- 29 April 2017 Council Minutes, Item 4.6.2. Committee was created and charge was approved.
- 15 January 2019 Council Minutes, Item 4.7.2. Added the phrase “Committee members may not serve as reference writers for fellowship applicants.”
- 24 April 2021 Council, Item 6.8: Added the Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
A list of current and past members is available at: