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Grants to USA and Canada Programs to Engage High School Students in Challenging Mathematics

AMS Young Scholars Program


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Funding Source
Epsilon Fund
Funding or PIN Number: Program ID: AMS-AYSP24 [#1500]
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Geographic Focus
Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/24/24 11:59 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $15,000 to USA and Canada programs that engage high school students in mathematical studies over the summer. The purpose of the program is to encourage talented students to tackle intellectual challenges in their pursuit of difficult mathematical inquiries. Funding is intended for programs that focus on problem-solving or mathematical research in any area of mathematics; run over a period of multiple weeks in the summer; bring in at least 20 students with mathematical interest; and are generally directed by mathematicians.

AMS Young Scholars Program supported by the Epsilon Fund was established to help support summer mathematics programs for mathematically talented high school students. The goal of the program is to aid and promote programs that support and nurture mathematically talented youth in the United States, and to make these opportunities available to a broad pool of mathematically talented students. Although it is hoped that this will motivate students to pursue a career in mathematics, the real purpose is to help create a body of individuals who have struggled with challenging mathematics and developed an appreciation for and confidence in their ability to take on rigorous intellectual pursuits.

Within these broad guidelines, many different models of programs are considered eligible and are welcome to apply. Programs may focus on any area of mathematics, pure or applied, and be of narrow or broad scope, or they may be specifically targeted to one high school year (e.g., 9th graders), or to mathematically talented women or minorities. Programs that concentrate on problem solving or mathematical research or both are welcome to apply as well. Even "summer" is not a firm requirement, though it is expected that most, if not all, will take place during the summer. Programs that use undergraduate or graduate students along with mathematicians in their teaching are particularly encouraged.

Programs that have run successfully for at least one year are given preference for funding over new programs. The selection committee, in an effort to encourage new programs, would like to be as flexible as possible with the understanding that funds are limited and recently begun programs will have to show evidence of a good fit between their plans and the mission of the AMS Young Scholars Program. All programs are encouraged to make an extra effort to attract members of underrepresented groups. It is the Society's belief that true mathematical talent lives in students in rural areas as well as cities, in students of both genders and of all colors.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To receive an award, applicant programs for 2024 must have a proven track record of at least one year in operation and preferably more. Programs must be physically located in the United States or Canada.

Applications are accepted from program directors only (not from students or parents).

Please note that no indirect costs will be covered by this grant.

Pre-Application Information
Application deadline is 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on January 24, 2024.

It is expected that award notifications will be made by March 1, 2024.

Awards will also be announced in a spring issue of Notices of the AMS.

For further information:

Number of Grants
Over a dozen awards are made per year.

Estimated Size of Grant
Funding for the Epsilon award is set at a minimum award of $2,500 for mature programs. This amount is generally unrestricted. The normal award levels should be between $5,000 and $15,000 with the $5,000 level for promising experiments that need encouragement, with the intent that half of each award should be earmarked for scholarships and half for general support of the program.

Term of Contract
Awards are normally for one summer only (for the summer following the deadline date); a new application can be made each year for support.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Contact the AMS Programs Department with any questions or to have your program added to the mailing list

American Mathematical Society
Programs Department
201 Charles St.
Providence, RI 02904-2213

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