Next Generation Fund


The Campaign for The Next Generation is a special AMS initiative to support early career mathematicians. A generous benefactor is providing matching funds up to $1.5 million to help establish this endowment. If you are interested in supporting emerging mathematicians, your gift can go twice as far to help us meet our goal.

Progress in meeting $1.5 million matching funds as of Dec 20, 2018

80% Complete (success) 80% Complete


GiveEarly career mathematicians work intensely to establish their careers. Doctoral students strive to finish dissertations, and Ph.D. recipients compete for employment while working to deepen their research. Financial support can play a critical role in their success, yet traditional university and federal funding is increasingly difficult to obtain. To help early career mathematicians begin their professional lives, the AMS has created The Next Generation Fund (NextGen).

Frequently Asked Questions


Why give? Proven, successful programs will have security

Historically, the most successful AMS programs for early career scholars have existed on temporary funding. The goal of The Next Generation Fund is to support many individuals each year at modest but impactful levels. NextGen will provide secure, dedicated support to these influential career-building programs:

Graduate Student


Why give? Emerging needs will have a ready source of support

What will the funding climate be twenty, fifty, or 100 years from now? What challenges will future mathematicians face as they establish their careers?

You can help prepare the way for emerging scholars by donating to The Next Generation Fund. As it always has, the mathematics community will create innovative programs to meet rising needs. NextGen will grow over time and support those new programs as they develop.

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Recognizing others when you give

Mathematics expands with each new class of scholars. The Next Generation Fund celebrates the tradition of each generation helping those that follow, and commemorative gifts to the fund offer a special meaning.

Gifts of any amount in honor or memory of someone are a meaningful way to pay tribute to that person(s) and also to help rising mathematicians. Complete the "In Honor/Memory of" section when you make your gift online, or include a note if you give through the mail or by phone.

Named endowed funds can be created for gifts of $25,000 or more. Naming a fund allows you to commemorate someone significant to you, perhaps a family member, colleague, or mentor while supporting early career mathematicians through The Next Generation Fund. The Maryam Mirzakhani Fund for The Next Generation is an example of a named endowed fund. To create a named endowed fund or to plan an estate gift to benefit The Next Generation Fund, please contact the AMS Development office at 401.455.4111 or contact the Development Office via email about NextGen

 Maryam Mirzakhani Fund




Further information on Ways to Give

Frequently Asked Questions

President Bryant


Supporting early career mathematicians is a top priority of AMS members, as evidenced in our current Strategic Plan. Our most successful AMS programs for this population exist on temporary funding. The Next Generation Fund will create a permanent resource dedicated to programs for early career scholars.

A visionary donor has provided the impetus for the campaign with a pledge of up to \$1.5 million, provided we raise an equal amount. This is a unique opportunity to build a permanent source of support for each generation of emerging mathematicians.


The Next Generation Fund is a flexible endowment for the needs of early career mathematicians, specifically those in doctoral studies through five years post Ph.D.

It will provide dedicated funding for current programs such as:

  • Graduate Student Travel Grants
  • Mathematics Research Communities
  • Graduate Student Chapters
  • JMM Employment Center and Child Care Grants

Over time it will serve as a ready resource for emerging needs and programs.


The AMS is a reliable home for The Next Generation Fund. Our mission is to advance the mathematical sciences and we draw upon 130 years of experience serving the mathematical community. The AMS is on secure fiscal footing and undertakes sound investment practices, as demonstrated by the positive returns of operating income for more than twenty-five years. Endowed funds are managed with the oversight of the Investment Committee and directly overseen by our Chief Financial Officer. 


Robert K. Lazarsfeld, Kenneth A. Ribet and Jennifer Taback are campaign co-chairs. A core group of mathematicians from across the United States serves on our campaign committee: Hyman Bass, Henry Cohn, John Ewing, Solomon Friedberg, Mark Green, Tara Holm, Linda Keen, Bryna Kra, William McCallum, Donald McClure, Ken Ono, Catherine Roberts, Alice Silverberg, Ronald Stern, David Vogan, Susan Wildstrom, and Scott Wolpert.


Yes, pledges are welcome for gifts of \$5,000 or more. You may fulfill a pledge over a period of time, up to five years. AMS staff can help arrange your payment schedule.  Payment reminders will be sent according to your schedule.


Yes, making a gift in honor or in memory of someone you care about is a meaningful way to pay tribute and help The Next Generation Fund.

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