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Tensor Women and Mathematics Grants

Grants to USA and Canada High School and IHE
Faculty to Encourage Women and Girls to Study Mathematics

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

Deadline Date:

02/12/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $6,000 to Canada, USA, and Territories IHE faculty, as well as high school math teachers (in conjunction with IHE faculty) for projects to encourage girls and women to study mathematics. Funding is intended to support innovative initiatives that encourage women to study and persist in mathematics as an academic discipline.

Possible projects, all of which have a strong mathematical component, are to:
- Organize a club for women interested in mathematics or mathematics and science;
- Create a network of women professional mentors who will direct mathematics projects for girls;
- Hold a conference for counselors to prepare them to encourage women and girls to continue to study mathematics;
- Conduct a summer mathematics program for high school women;
- Bring high school women onto a college campus for a Math Day with substantive follow-up;
- Structure a program for high school and/or college women to mentor younger female mathematics students with math projects or math clubs;
- Form partnerships with industry to acquaint women students with real-life applications of mathematics;
- Provide funds toward release time to allow a faculty member to prepare a course on women and mathematics, provided the host institution agrees to offer such a course.

While differences occur among highly successful projects, there are some characteristics that effective projects targeting women and girls appear to have:
- Clearly articulated goals and measurable objectives;
- Strong academic component, with a focus on enrichment, not remediation;
- Information on careers that use mathematics extensively;
- Teaching strategies that take into account the needs and cognitive development of women and girls;
- Teachers highly competent in the subject matter who believe that women can learn the material;
- Use of appropriate role models;
- Strong directors and committed and stable staff;
- Ability to respond to the participants' needs and interests before, during, and after the program
- Development of a peer support system;
- Institutional commitment;
- Programs that last longer than one-day events.

Proposals that focus spending on project participants are found more favorable. Appropriate spending categories are:
- Senior project personnel
- Other personnel
- Travel
- Student stipends
- Student support expenses
- Supplies
- Other direct costs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178771

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be up to $6,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be made for one-year projects. To provide maximum flexibility, unexpended funds may be carried forward. Some grants, after a reapplication, may be renewed for another year, with a maximum of three grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications will be accepted from college and university mathematics faculty at accredited U.S. (including U.S. Territory) or Canadian institutions, or pre-college mathematics teachers working in conjunction with college and university faculty.

These grants will not support any institutional indirect costs or provide fringe benefits.

Pre-Application Information:

The application will automatically close on February 12, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.

MAA does expect some matching funds from your college, but this can be in-kind contribution, such as in the form of materials, office supplies, use of space, etc. They do not need to be matching dollar-for-dollar. It is meant to show your institution’s dedication and support for your project.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

For further information about the program, please contact Mikayla Sweet, MAA Grants Manager, at; or MAA Tensor Program Director, Rachelle DeCoste, at

For consultation on your ideas for projects, proposers are encouraged to contact the MAA Tensor Program Outreach Director, Florence Fasanelli, at or by phone at 202-966-5591.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon