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Summer Research for Women in Mathematics


The purpose of the MSRI's program, Summer Research for Women in Mathematics, is to provide space and funds to groups of women mathematicians to work on a research project at MSRI. Research projects can arise from work initiated at a Women's Conference, or can be freestanding activities.


  • Groups of two to six women with partial results on an established project may submit an application to the program
  • Each member of the group must have a Ph.D. in mathematics or advanced graduate standing
  • At least one team member must be US based
  • Each group may apply to be in residence at MSRI for a minimum of two weeks, though longer visits are preferred
  • All members of the group must be in residence for the duration of the visit
  • Women may only apply as a member of one research group
  • The visits must take place between June 10, 2019 and August 2, 2019

Application Process:

Applications will be made through MathPrograms, and require a Project Description, as well as additional information.

The Project Description need not exceed five pages, but must contain the following:

  • A brief history of the collaboration
  • The context and description of the research problems to be addressed
  • The partial results already obtained
  • Realistic goals to be achieved during the residence at MSRI
  • Timeline for finishing the project
  • If you have previously benefited from this program, include a section on prior results. i.e. publications, additional speaking opportunities, career advancement

Additional required information:

  • List of all women on the research team, including home institution and citizenship
  • Two page bio-sketch for each of the team members
  • Length of visit and preferred dates

The deadline for application will be December 1, 2018. Decisions will be announced by February 1, 2019.

Selection Process:

Factors in choosing the groups will include:

  • Scientific merit of the project
  • The likelihood of finishing the project within the timeline specified in the application
  • The extent to which this opportunity will enhance the project, for example by bringing together researchers from different institutions
  • The length of the visit
  • Preference may be given to teams made up primarily of US citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Preference may be given to teams in which members come from a variety of institutions
  • Preference may be given to teams made up of members at various stages in their career
  • Preference will be given to proposals related to core mathematics


The following support is provided:

  • Lodging in spacious and comfortable dorm apartments on the campus of UC Berkeley
  • All meals
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses
  • For participants with children, MSRI will provide funding that makes it possible for the member to fully take part in the program.This may be in the form of lodging and reimbursement of travel expenses for children who accompany the member to Berkeley, plus lodging and travel expenses for a caregiver. It may also take the form of reimbursement of additional expenses incurred if the children stay home, thus allowing the member to attend the program
  • Mathematicians who are spouses or partners of invited group members will be offered shared office space

For more information, please contact Christine Marshall, MSRI's Program Manager at coord@msri.org.

Support for this program is provided by the National Security Agency and Microsoft Research. MSRI has been supported from its origins by the National Science Foundation, now joined by over 100 Academic Sponsor departments, by a range of private foundations, and by generous and farsighted individuals.

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