The 2019-2020 Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars

The The Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars is a mid-career research fellowship specially designed to fit the unique needs of women. The fellowships are open only to women. This fellowship program, established in 2017, is made possible by a generous gift from Joan and Joseph Birman.

The fellowship seeks to address the paucity of women at the highest levels of research in mathematics by giving exceptionally talented women extra research support during their mid-career years.

The most likely awardee is a mid-career woman, based at a U.S. academic institution, with a well-established research record in a core area of mathematics. The fellowship will be directed toward those for whom the award will make a real difference in the development of their research career. Candidates must have a carefully thought-through research plan for the fellowship period. Special circumstances (such as time taken off for care of children or other family members) may be taken into consideration in making the award. The fellowship can be used to provide additional time for research of the awardee, or opportunities to work with collaborators. This may include, but is not limited to, course buy-outs, travel money, childcare support, or support to attend special research programs.

One award will be made for the 2019-2020 academic year in the amount of \$50,000.

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


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:

  • Research description (Research Statement): Candidates must have a carefully thought-through research plan for the fellowship period (one to three pages; no more than three pages, including bibliographical references, will be accepted)
  • Publications List (DO NOT ATTACH A VITA).
  • Provide a plan (less than one page) indicating how the resources provided by the fellowship will be used.
  • 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)
  • 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.

Applications for the 2019-2020 year will be accepted on starting September 1, 2018. The deadline for applications will be 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time, December 1, 2018.

Email Kim Kuda for questions pertaining to the Birman Fellowship.

Professional Programs Department
American Mathematical Society
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Please use the above email for questions pertaining to the Birman Fellowship only.

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