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The AMS-Simons Travel Grants are administered by the AMS with support from the Simons Foundation. Starting with the 2020 awards, each grant will provide an early-career mathematician with $2,500 per year for two years to be used for research-related travel. Applicants must be located in the United States (or be U.S. citizens employed outside the U.S.) and must have completed the PhD within the last four years. The department of the awardee will also receive a small amount of funding to help enhance its research environment.
The AMS-Simons Travel Grants Program acknowledges the importance of research interaction and collaboration in mathematics, and aims to facilitate this for recent PhD recipients. These grants will provide support for a significant number of committed researchers who have limited opportunities for travel and conferences and for collaborative work.
The current application cycle started on February 1, 2020, and the deadline for applications was March 31, 2020, 11:59 pm, Eastern time. Reference writers have been afforded additional time to submit their letters. Since the work of the selection committee may become delayed, responses should not be expected until June or July.
If you have questions about eligibility and applications for the AMS-Simons Travel Grants Program, email or call Kim Kuda at 401-455-4096.
Note that 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. Therefore, an applicant who has had to slow down or temporarily stop his or her career for personal reasons may request to be considered for an extension in the amount of time after the PhD degree. This should be stated on the application. You will be notified separately about the status of your exception request. If accepted, your application will then be in the normal pool of applicants for the selection process.
Starting in 2020, each recipient will have access to a total of $5,000 over a two-year period to support travel.
Each applicant will choose a mentor with whom to interact during the two-year period of the grant. The ideal mentor is someone who is an active senior (at least seven years past PhD) participant in the applicant's research area and or a trusted senior colleague in the applicant's department. The mentor will be expected to interact with the awardee on a regular basis throughout the two-year period of the grant. In particular, the mentor will consider the appropriateness of proposed travel with the awardee. The awardee must receive approval from his or her mentor before each trip.
All coversheet and extra questions must be completely filled out. Applications are submitted on the MathPrograms.org application system and you are able to check the entry on the Status screen.
Each applicant must enter the names of exactly two references:
Choosing more than two reference names for this application will disqualify the applicant from consideration.
If you have questions using this application program, please email Kim Kuda, or call 401-455-4096.
It is up to each applicant to find a mentor and have the mentor upload a letter of agreement into the system before the application deadline. Each applicant will name two Reference writers on the coversheet in the MathPrograms.org system. One of these MUST be the Mentor. Once the applicant enters the name and email into the system, the applicant makes sure the "email notify on submit" button is checked, submits the coversheet, and an email is automatically sent to that writer giving private access to a letter upload area. The letter may be of any length (for instance, the letter may optionally contain reference content) but must include wording to the effect that the person agrees to serve in the role of Mentor. Once uploaded, the letter can be seen by the writer as a "pdf" link next to the applicant's name on the REFS screen. Applicants can check on the existence of a letter (but not view it) by looking at their coversheet (in the Portfolio section) and seeing purple text next to the writer's name indicating the date of upload.
There is a box on the application to list your home institution during the period of the grant. If this is in doubt, please explain the situation there. Don't confuse this with the "current institution" field on the coversheet. In rare cases, awards might be made where there will be no current institutional attachment.
If you applied in a previous year and were unsuccessful, you may apply again if you still meet all the qualifications. For those who received the award previously, new applications are not allowed.
Panelists will grant awards in a broad spectrum of mathematics and will consider the goal of diversity in the group of awardees, including geographical diversity, avoiding concentrating awards among a few institutions. Decisions are expected to be announced in June or July. Expenditures will be made available on July 1. For those selected, reimbursable expenses must occur after this date.
Up to seventy awards will be given in this competition. Awards and declines will be made via email in June. The status of the award is not available in the MathPrograms.org system. Please alert the AMS to any change in your email or mailing address during the application period.
Each recipient of an AMS-Simons Travel Grant must request prior approval from his or her designated mentor for each trip that will be reimbursed. The recipient will indicate the intention of the trip, and the approximate level of support expected. During the period of the travel award, recipients may continue to request funds until the full amount of the award is used. It will be possible for a recipient to request an extension of the time period to use the funds, up to one year past the end of the original grant.
Awardees may use travel funds for research-related travel, such as travel to a conference, a university or an institute, or to visit a collaborator. It will also be possible to bring a collaborator to visit. Other research-related travel may be supported, subject to the approval of the awardee's mentor. Expenses for travel may include advance-purchase economy airfare, hotel, transportation to and from an airport, and meals. Awardees will be encouraged, but not required, to use U.S.-Flag Air carriers for foreign air travel. Detailed guidelines, similar to those in place for NSF awards, will be provided to the awardee. Only travel expenses that have advance approval by the awardee's mentor will be reimbursed.
The department of each early career mathematician who receives a travel grant will receive an amount equal to 20% of the travel grant each year ($500). This amount is not university overhead, but rather is to be used by the department to enhance its research environment. No "overhead" or "indirect costs" are included in this program because the school will not be administering the award. The recipient will interact with the AMS staff to submit travel vouchers and will receive reimbursements by check or ACH. The reimbursements will have the recipient's name on them and go directly to the awardee, making this a personal grant.
For questions about eligibility and applications for the AMS-Simons Travel Grants Program, email Kim Kuda, or call 401-455-4096. The next application cycle will begin February 1, 2021.
If you have already received an award, and have questions about the procedures, check the Awardee Information page.
See a list of our 2019 awardees.