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AMS-Simons Travel Grants

AMS-Simons Travel Grants logo The AMS is pleased to announce the AMS-Simons Travel Grants, with support provided by the Simons Foundation. Each grant provides an early-career mathematician with $2,000 per year for two years to be used for research-related travel. Sixty awards will be made in 2015. Applicants must be located in the United States (or be U.S. citizens employed outside the U.S.) and must have completed the PhD within the last four years. The department of the awardee will also receive a small amount of funding to help enhance its research environment.

The AMS-Simons Travel Grants Program acknowledges the importance of research interaction and collaboration in mathematics, and aims to facilitate this for recent PhD recipients.  These grants will provide support for a significant number of committed researchers who have limited opportunities for travel and conferences and for collaborative work.

The deadline has passed for the 2014 cycle. Information about the 2015 cycle follows.

Details of the program:

If you have questions about the AMS-Simons Travel Grants Program,  Email Steven Ferrucci, or call Steven Ferrucci at 401-455-4113.

Eligibility:

  • Individuals must have earned a PhD degree (or its equivalent) within four years of the grant start date in order to be eligible. During the current application cycle, the date of PhD receipt must be between 4/1/2011 and 6/30/2015 inclusive. For any program, fellowship, prize or award that has a maximum period of eligibility after receipt of the doctoral degree, the selection committee may use discretion in making exceptions to the limit on eligibility for candidates whose careers have been interrupted for reasons such as family or health. Therefore, an applicant who has had to slow down or temporarily stop his or her career for personal reasons may request to be considered for an extension in the amount of time after the PhD degree. This should be stated on the application.
  • Applicants must be employed by U.S. institutions, have U.S. home addresses, or be U.S. citizens working abroad.
  • The applicant's research must be in an area supported by the Division of Mathematical Sciences of the National Science Foundation. This includes Algebra, Number Theory, Analysis, Applied Mathematics, Combinatorics, Computational Mathematics, Foundations, Geometric Analysis, Mathematical Biology, Probability, Statistics, and Topology.
  • Ineligible for these travel grants are:
    • anyone who has been awarded an AMS-Simons Travel Grant previously
    • anyone currently in residence at an NSF mathematics Institute
    • anyone receiving external funds that include substantial support for research or travel
    • anyone already receiving research support from an external source (for instance, National Security Agency or National Science Foundation).

Amount of funding: Each recipient will have access to a total of $4,000 over a two-year period to support travel.

Choose a Mentor: Each applicant will choose a mentor with whom to interact during the two-year period of the grant.  The ideal mentor is someone who is an active senior participant in the applicant's research area and or a trusted senior colleague in the applicant's department.  The mentor will be expected to interact with the awardee on a regular basis throughout the two-year period of the grant.  In particular, the mentor will consider the appropriateness of proposed travel with the awardee. The awardee must receive approval from his or her mentor before each trip.

How to Apply:  The application period has passed for the 2014 cycle.

Applications must be submitted via the application site www.mathprograms.org starting February 1, 2015. Please check back here for the link at that time. All coversheet and extra questions must be completely filled out. Submit the application and check its entry on the Status screen. Each applicant must enter the names of exactly two references; ONE must be a letter from the Mentor, affirming that he or she agrees to serve the role described above. THE OTHER reference must be from an individual in the same area of research as the applicant; however this may NOT be the thesis advisor or a co-author. Choosing more than two reference names for this application will disqualify the applicant from consideration.

In addition, please upload the following two documents:

  1. A CV. The CV should be limited to two pages, and should include the following sections, and be limited to professional information only: Education and training (including thesis advisor(s), institutions, departments, degrees and dates), Appointments (list all academic or professional appointments, beginning with current appointment), and a list of submitted, accepted or published books and papers as of 31 March 2015 (include names of all authors, article and journal title, volume, page, year).

  2. A statement of current research, starting with a half page scientific summary accessible to a non-specialist mathematician. The document should be limited to two and a half pages.

Selection: Panelists will grant awards in a broad spectrum of mathematics and will consider the goal of diversity in the group of awardees, including geographical diversity, avoiding concentrating awards among a few institutions. Decisions will be announced by June 1, 2015. Expenditures will be made available on July 1. Your travel must begin after this date.

Procedures for awardees: Each recipient of an AMS-Simons Travel Grant must request prior approval from his or her designated mentor for each trip that will be reimbursed. The recipient will indicate the intention of the trip, and the approximate level of support expected. During the period of the travel award, recipients may continue to request funds until the full amount of the award is used. It will be possible for a recipient to request an extension of the time period to use the funds, up to one year past the end of the original grant.

Eligible travel expenses: Awardees may use travel funds for research-related travel, such as travel to a conference, a university or an institute, or to visit a collaborator. It will also be possible to bring a collaborator to visit. Other research-related travel may be supported, subject to the approval of the awardee's mentor. Expenses for travel may include advance-purchase economy airfare, hotel, transportation to and from an airport, and meals. Awardees will be encouraged, but not required, to use U.S.-Flag Air carriers for foreign air travel. Detailed guidelines, similar to those in place for NSF awards, will be provided to the awardee. Only travel expenses that have advance approval by the awardee's mentor will be reimbursed.

Funding for the awardee’s department: Funding for the awardee's department: The department of each early career mathematician who receives a travel grant will receive an amount equal to 20% of the travel grant each year. This amount is not university overhead, but rather is to be used by the department to enhance its research environment.

If you have questions about the AMS-Simons Travel Grants Program, Email Steven Ferrucci, or call 401-455-4113.
 

If you have already received an award, and have questions about the procedures, check the Awardee Information page.

FAQ


Applying for an AMS-SIMONS Grant

Q:  How do I apply?
A:  During the open application period, applications are being accepted at MathPrograms.org, a multi-program application website.  You create an account, fill in a standard "coversheet", and name two reference writers. Then go to "Programs" to find the AMS-SIMONS Travel Grants listed under the American Mathematical Society (Membership and Programs Department) and click APPLY.  Answer some questions specific to this program, choose your two writers, upload two documents and submit.  Then check that your application was indeed entered by finding the program on your "Status" screen. Please note that just submitting a coversheet does not make an application.  The program must be chosen and specifically applied for, with all additional questions and uploads accomplished. 
To get started:

  • Login to MathPrograms.Org as a Program applicant (click on “as Program applicant”).
  • To create an account, fill in your email address, create a password, click the button “this is my first login, please create an account for me”, then click the “login” button.  A login token will be sent to the email address provided. Please check your email.
  • Once you have received the token, enter it in the text box on the screen, or come back to www.mathprograms.org within 24 hours and click on the applicant login link to continue.
  • Once you are logged in, fill in the cover sheet and submit it.
  • Click on “View Programs” and then click on “apply” next to the program you want ("Membership and Programs Department, American Mathematical Society --  AMS Simons Travel Grants").
  • Follow the directions from there.
  • If you have questions using this program, please contact Steve Ferrucci at sxf@ams.org


Q: What is the purpose of the Mentor?  
A: The ideal mentor is someone who is an active senior participant in the applicant's research area and or a trusted senior colleague in the applicant's department.  The mentor will be expected to interact with the awardee on a regular basis throughout the two-year period of the grant. In particular, the mentor will consider the appropriateness of proposed travel with the awardee. The awardee must receive approval from his or her mentor before each trip. 

Q: What should the Mentor do to formally agree to serve in this role?
A: It is up to each applicant to find a mentor and have the mentor upload a letter of agreement into the system before the application deadline. Each applicant will name two Reference writers on the Coversheet in the MathPrograms.org system.  One of these MUST be the Mentor.  Once the applicant enters the name and email into the system, the applicant makes sure the "email" button is marked, submits the coversheet, and an email is automatically sent to that writer giving private access to a letter upload area.  The letter may be of any length (for instance, the letter may optionally contain reference content) but must include wording to the effect that the person agrees to serve in the role of Mentor.  Once uploaded, the letter can be seen by the writer as a "pdf" link next to the applicant's name on the REFS screen.  Applicants can check on the existence of a letter (but not view it) by looking at their coversheet (in the Portfolio section) and seeing purple text next to the writer's name indicating the date of upload.

Q:  What is the deadline for applying?
A:  The deadline is March 31, 2015 at 11:59pm eastern time.

Q:  I received my PhD before the 4/1/2011 cutoff date.  Can I still apply?
A:  Normally, no.  The program is meant to cover recent PhD's.  For those who have been out of the PhD program longer and have more established research records, there are other sources of funding such as NSF, NSA, and the Simons Foundation Collaborative Grants program.  The AMS provides links to other sources of funding.   HOWEVER, for any program, fellowship, prize or award that has a maximum period of eligibility after receipt of the doctoral degree, the selection committee may use discretion in making exceptions to the limit on eligibility for candidates whose careers have been interrupted for reasons such as family or health. Therefore, an applicant who has had to slow down or temporarily stop his or her career for personal reasons may request to be considered for an extension in the amount of time after the PhD degree. To do so, provide the request and explanation in the appropriate box on the application, and apply.  You will be notified separately about the status of your exception request.  If accepted, your application will then be in the normal pool of applicants for the selection process.

Q: How will I know if I am selected?
A:  Sixty awards will be given in this competition.  Awards and declines will be made via email around June 1, 2015.  The status of the award will NOT be available, ever, in the MathPrograms.org system.  Please alert the AMS to any change in your email or mailing address during the application period.

Q:  What if I don't know what my institution will be next year, or the year after?
A:  There is a box on the application to list your home institution.  If this is in doubt, please explain the situation there.  Don't confuse this with the "current institution" field on the coversheet.   In rare cases, awards might be made where there will be no institutional attachment.  

Q:  If I applied before and was unsuccessful, can I apply again?
A:  Yes, if you still meet all the qualifications.  For those who received the award previously, new applications are not allowed.

Q:  If I receive an award, should my school expect to receive overhead on the grant?
A:  No.  No "overhead" or "indirect costs" are included in this program because the school will not be administering the award.  The recipient will interact with the AMS staff to submit travel vouchers and receive payments by check.  The checks will have the recipient's name on them and go directly to the applicant, making this a personal grant.

Q:  Are references considered part of the 2 1/2 page limit of the research statement?
A:  You will be submitting the short summary, which fills about 1/2 page, and the research statement, which will fill 2 pages. It would be acceptable for your references to use some of the extra 1/2 page that is left. However, you must keep all of this under 3 pages.


If you have already received an award, and have questions about the procedures, check the Awardee Information page.