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China Exchange Program
Ky and Yu-Fen Fan Fund Travel Grant from the AMS

The China Exchange Program grants support research collaboration between mathematicians located in U.S./Canada and China.


The purpose of these grants is to support travel of mathematical scientists at institutions in the U.S. or Canada on visits to research colleagues in China and to support travel of (generally, less senior) mathematical scientists from China to the U.S. or Canada for visits with U.S. or Canadian research colleagues at U.S. or Canadian institutions.

Restrictions and Award Guidelines 

  • In the case of American or Canadian travelers, preference will be given to senior mathematicians whose visit will have a positive impact on the mathematical research community in China.
  • In the case of Chinese travelers, preference will be given to scientists in the beginning stages of their research careers.
  • Funds from this program may not be used specifically to support conference attendance, but trips may sometimes be combined with conference attendance.
  • It is expected that the host institution will provide some type of additional support for the travel or subsistence of the visitor to ensure a stay of suitable length.
  • If an application is accepted by the selection panel, an award letter will be issued to the applicant (the department chair). The award letter will explain the final reporting requirements (brief reports after the visit takes place) and will offer departments the option to receive the funds either before or after the travel takes place. Departments are responsible for paying or reimbursing the visitor's expenses; the AMS does not pay visitors directly.

Guidelines for Use of Award Funds

  • Award funds should be used primarily for costs associated with visits (such as travel and subsistence costs). No institutional overhead or indirect costs will be covered with these award funds.
  • For Chinese institutions hosting U.S. or Canadian visitors, a portion of the total award (up to 1000 USD) may be used by the institution for the purchase of publications, especially for books and back issues of journals. In addition, the department (in China) should make a special award to one outstanding undergraduate student in the names of Ky and Yu-Fen Fan, in the amount of 250 USD.
  • For U.S. or Canadian institutions applying, 1000 USD will be set aside from the total award and given to the home institution (in China) of the visitor (in the case of multiple visitors, the amount should be divided equally), in lieu of honorarium.

Application Information

  • This application is closed for the 2024-2025 cycle.  Application will be accepted November through March on
  • Application deadline: March 31, 2025 (for the 2025-2026 academic year)
  • Awards will be announced in May of this year.

For applications from U.S. or Canadian institutions, the application should be completed by EITHER the individual or one of the individuals with whom the Chinese visitor is expected to collaborate, or the chair or head of the sponsoring department. In cases in which the applicant is a U.S. collaborator of the proposed Chinese visitor but who is not a chair or head of the sponsoring department, the applicant should be prepared to upload a letter from the chair or head of the sponsoring department verifying that they are aware of the proposed visit and application to this grant program, and also approves the budget, including any proposed cost sharing.

For applications from Chinese institutions, the application should be completed by the chair or head of the SPONSORING department of mathematical sciences (i.e., the department that will host the visitor or visitors).


Contact AMS Programs staff.