AMS Centennial Fellowships for 2020-2021

The AMS Centennial Research Fellowship Program makes awards annually to outstanding mathematicians to help further their careers in research. From 1997-2001, the fellowship program was aimed at recent PhDs. More recently, the AMS Council approved changes in the rules for the fellowships. The eligibility rules are as follows. The primary selection criterion for the Centennial Fellowship is the excellence of the candidate's research.

  • Preference will be given to candidates who have not had extensive fellowship support in the past.
  • Recipients may not hold the Centennial Fellowship concurrently with another major research award such as a Sloan fellowship, NSF Postdoctoral fellowship, or CAREER award.
  • Under normal circumstances, the fellowship cannot be deferred.
  • A recipient of the fellowship shall have held his or her doctoral degree for at least three years and not more than twelve years at the inception of the award (that is, received between September 1, 2008 and September 1, 2017).
  • Applications will be accepted from those currently holding a tenured, tenure track, post-doctoral, or comparable (at the discretion of the selection committee) position at an institution in North America.

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. The stipend for the fellowship to be awarded for 2020-2021 will be an amount up to \$93,000 with an additional expense allowance of up to \$9,300 to cover one academic year of support at the recipient's institution. Acceptance of the fellowship cannot be postponed. Note that no overhead costs will be covered by this grant.

The number of fellowships to be awarded is small and depends on the amount of money contributed to the program. The Society will supplement contributions as needed to ensure that at least one fellowship is awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. Information about the current fellowship winner can be found here and the list of previous fellowship winners can be found on the Prizes and Awards page.

Applications should include a cogent plan indicating how the fellowship will be used. The plan should include travel to at least one other institution and should demonstrate that the fellowship will be used for more than reduction of teaching at the candidate's home institution. The selection committee will consider the plan in addition to the quality of the candidate's research and will try to award the fellowship to those for whom the award would make a real difference in the development of their research careers. Work in all areas of mathematics, including interdisciplinary work, is eligible.

The application form requires the following to be submitted through the online application system on


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


Also upload the following:

  • A list of all positions and fellowships since PhD: (DO NOT ATTACH A VITA). The applicants should list all fellowships and comparable research appointments, such as a term at one of the mathematical institutes.
  • Current and Pending Support: A list containing the following: support status (that is, 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)
  • Research description (Research Statement): please describe the research in your thesis and other work you have done (one to three pages; no more than three pages, including bibliographical references, will be accepted)
  • Provide a cogent plan (approximately one paragraph) indicating how the fellowship will be used including travel to at least one other institution.
  • Publications - attach a list. (DO NOT ATTACH A VITA).

The application deadline for the current year has passed and applications are no longer being accepted.

Applications for the 2021-2022 year will be accepted on MathPrograms starting September 1, 2020.

The deadline for applications will be 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time, December 1, 2020. 

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