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AMS-Simons Travel Grants Committee

General Description


The committee processes applications for and selects awardees of the AMS-Simons travel grants.

Principal Activities

For the evaluation process, the plan is to assemble a panel of 16 mathematicians. Each application will be briefly considered by at least two panelists. Some applicants will clearly be strong enough that they will be classified immediately as award winners, without further review, and others so weak as to be put aside. The remaining applications will be distributed to groups of four panelists, who will determine the remaining award winners.

Applications are due on March 31. Most of the work of this committee will be done shortly after that, over the course of the next six weeks: roughly April 1 - May 15. The applications themselves are relatively short (e.g., research statements are limited to 2.5 pages).

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.

Other Activities

In 2013 The Council adopted the following general principle:

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.

Miscellaneous Information

The AMS-Simons Travel Grants are based upon a generous grant from the Simons Foundation. Each grant provides an early career mathematician with \$2000 per year for two years to reimburse travel expenses related to research. Sixty new awards will be made annually over the next three years. Individuals who are not more than four years past completion of a Ph.D. are eligible. The department of the awardee will also receive a small amount of funding to help enhance the research atmosphere there.

It is expected that work can be accomplished by email and videoconference.

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.


Past Members

A list of current and past members is available here:

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