The Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars

Support top female scholars in mathematics with this mid-career fellowship. Make a gift

Margaret Beck and Lillian Pierce, Birman Fellowship Winners

Margaret Beck 2018-2019 Fellow | Lillian Pierce 2019-2020 Fellow


The Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars is a mid-career research fellowship specially designed to suit the career timelines of women and to address the paucity of female scholars at the highest levels of research mathematics. The fellowship can be used to provide additional time for research, opportunities to work with collaborators, and more. Your gift to this endowed fund will help increase the occurrence and/or size of this award.

First Award in 2018-2019

Lillian Pierce of Duke University is the 2019-2020 Birman Fellow. She plans to use the fellowship funding to buy out teaching and to bring one or more collaborators to her home institution, thus reducing the effect of travel on her three young children. Pierce is particularly grateful to the Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for the purposeful flexibility of the funding it provides. Read the full news release.

Visit the Birman Fellowship Prize main page for more information and to apply. Applications for the 2019-2020 fellowship were accepted through December 1, 2018.

Did You Know?

Joan S. Birman earned her Ph.D. in mathematics at 41 years of age and went on to become a leading scholar of braid theory and knot theory. Read about her career and her reasons for creating this fellowship .