AMS-NSF-Simons-ICM Travel Grants

The goal of this travel-grant program is to enable US-based mathematicians to participate in the 2022 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), July 6 – 14, 2022 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Hosted every four years in a different country, the ICM is one of the most prominent mathematical gatherings in the world. The travel will help to foster participants’ learning from leaders in all areas of mathematics, support the presentation of their research, enable their collaboration with counterparts from around the globe, and represent the US and its research leadership on the international stage.

The 2022 ICM Structure Committee has set topical sections for the Congress, which include the following: Logic, Algebra, Number Theory, Algebraic and Complex Geometry, Geometry, Topology, Lie Theory and Generalizations, Analysis, Dynamics, Partial Differential Equations, Mathematical Physics, Probability, Combinatorics, Mathematics of Computer Science, Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, Control Theory and Optimization, Statistics and Data Analysis, Stochastic and Differential Modeling, Mathematical Education and Popularization of Mathematics, and History of Mathematics. Up to 170 invited lectures will be presented across these sections. An additional twenty-one plenary invited lectures are scheduled, including fourteen by mathematicians from US universities or companies. Through the invited lectures, panels, and other activities, the opportunities for participants to exchange ideas will abound. The 2022 ICM will incorporate the Emmy Noether Lecture, which honors women who have made fundamental and sustained contributions to the mathematical sciences. The Congress is also the occasion for conferring the most prestigious awards in the mathematical sciences. The Fields Medal, the “Nobel Prize” of mathematics goes to a mathematician under the age of 40 for either past achievement or future promise; the Abacus Medal honors an individual with distinguished achievements in mathematical aspects of information science; the Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize recognizes those whose mathematical research has had an impact outside of mathematics; the Chern Medal Award is given to an individual?regardless of age or vocation?whose contributions to mathematics warrants the highest level of recognition; the Leelavati Prize recognizes outstanding public outreach work for mathematics. Those traveling from the US with support from this grants program will have rich opportunities to learn from and interact with lecturers, deepen their connections with their research, and share their discoveries and insights.


With support from the National Science Foundation, the Simons Foundation, and the ICM Local Organizing Committee, the AMS is administering this program to support the participation of as many as 240 US-based mathematicians in the Congress. Awards of up to $3,500, or the equivalent, will be made to cover travel expenses, lodging, subsistence, and Congress registration. Awards are expected to be made mid to late January 2022.

Eligibility, Considerations, and Applications

Individuals at all career stages—graduate students, faculty, practitioners and researchers—are welcome to apply. We especially encourage applications from women, individuals from underrepresented groups, and those who may be attending an international meeting for the first time.

  • Applicants should have a full-time affiliation with an institution or organization in the United States at the time of the Congress, either enrolled as a student or employed.
  • To be considered “early-career,” applicants should be at a career phase in the range from PhD graduate student to six years past completion of a doctorate at the time of the Congress. Individuals who have experienced career interruptions, e.g, for such reasons as health, family, or military service, and are past this nominal threshold will have the opportunity to address such special situations on the application form. Awards to early career mathematicians will typically come in two parts: AMS-Simons travel-grant support for international travel (up to $1,500) and Kovalevskaya Grant support for all local expenses (an estimated value of up to $2,000).
  • To be considered “mid-career,” an applicant is expected to have completed a PhD more than six years prior to the time of the Congress.
  • Our intention is to fund those who would not be able to participate in the Congress without the support of this program. Those without NSF, Simons, or other support available for ICM travel will receive priority in funding.
  • Those traveling between the US and the Russian Federation for any purpose must pay close attention to visa requirements, travel restrictions in place at the time of the Congress, and guidance from the US Embassy and Consulates. Russia Travel Advisory.
  • AMS employees are not eligible.

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 1, 2021.

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More Opportunities

  • Satellite Conferences Besides providing travelers participation in the Congress, the travel grants can also be leveraged to participate in various satellite conferences scheduled in the vicinity of St. Petersburg either before or after the Congress. Information about these satellites is on the ICM web site.
  • MathSafe ICM participants will have the opportunity to participate in MathSafe, a program for the mathematical community to support a safe and welcoming environment at meetings. Patterned after the American Geophysical Union’s SafeAGU, MathSafe enlists volunteers to be trained and then serve as active bystanders or to intervene if they witness behavior that undermines equality of opportunity or the friendly treatment of conference participants. ICM travel awardees may wish to volunteer.


  • For questions about the travel grant program, email AMS Staff in the AMS Programs Department, or contact us by telephone at 800-321-4267, ext. 4189, or 401-455-4189.
  • All information currently available about the ICM 2022 program, organization, and registration procedure is located on the ICM 2022 website.​​​​​