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AMS Math in Moscow Scholarship program

This is a special scholarship program primarily for undergraduate mathematics or computer science majors to cover some of the costs associated with attendance for one semester of study in the Math in Moscow program at the Independent University of Moscow (IUM).  Funding for these scholarships is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and are administered by the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

Scholarship Information

  • Each scholarship for Fall 2015 will be US$9,800 and is meant to cover some of the costs of attending the Math in Moscow program.
  • Five scholarships are available per semester.
  • Undergraduate or graduate mathematics or computer science majors may apply.
  • Students must be either U.S. citizens or enrolled at a U.S. institution at the time they attend the Math in Moscow program in order to apply for the scholarship, due to NSF restrictions.
  • Students must be willing to participate in an eight-year longitudinal survey in order to accept a scholarship.  The longitudinal survey is part of the NSF-funded grant that funds these scholarships, the purpose of which is to track student outcomes through graduate school and/or early-career paths following attendance in the Math in Moscow program.

About the Math in Moscow Program

  • The IUM is a small, elite institution of higher learning focusing primarily on mathematics, and was founded in 1991 at the initiative of a group of well-known Russian research mathematicians, who now comprise the Academic Council of the University.  Today, the IUM is one of the leading mathematical centers in Russia.
  • The Math in Moscow program was created in 2001 to provide foreign students (primarily from the U.S., Canada and Europe) with a semester-long, mathematically intensive program of study in the Russian tradition.  The main feature of the Russian tradition of teaching mathematics has always been the development of a creative approach to studying mathematics from the outset, the emphasis being on problem solving rather than memorizing theorems.  Indeed, discovering mathematics under the guidance of an experienced teacher is a central principle of the IUM's program and so the Math in Moscow program emphasizes in-depth understanding of carefully selected material rather than broad surveys of large quantities of material.  Even in the treatment of the most traditional subjects, students are helped to explore significant connections with contemporary research topics.
  • The program's instructors are internationally recognized research mathematicians with experience teaching in English, typically in the U.S. or Canada.
  • All instruction is in English.
  • Classes are small, offering individual attention to all students.
  • Students have the opportunity to take directed study courses outside of the normal list of course offerings.
  • Questions about the Math in Moscow program?  Students who are interested in this program, but would like to learn more about it from an alumnus of the program, should send an email.  Please use this for questions about the program itself, such as questions about the courses, the academic value of the program, preparations for going on the program, living and traveling in Russia, etc.  See below for queries regarding the scholarship program.

Application Information

  • Students must apply to both the IUM's Math in Moscow program and to the AMS Math in Moscow Scholarship program in order to be eligible for the scholarship.  Please visit the IUM's Math in Moscow program web site for application deadlines, tuition costs and other information about the Math in Moscow program.
  • Deadlines for the Scholarship program: April 15 for the following fall semester and September 15 for the following spring semester. The application for Fall 2015 will be available on www.mathprograms.org on 12/1/14.
  • The Scholarship application is available at www.mathprograms.org.  Click on the "View Programs" tab, then click the apply button for the AMS Math in Moscow Scholarship program.
  • Questions about applying for a scholarship?  Contact the AMS Membership and Programs Department with any questions at 800-321-4267, ext. 4113, or submit an inquiry.

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