Tensor Women and Mathematics Grants

Funding Agency:
Mathematical Association of America

The MAA awards grants for projects designed to encourage college and university women or high school and middle school girls to study mathematics. The MAA, on behalf of the Tensor Foundation, is soliciting college, university and secondary mathematics faculty (in conjunction with college or university faculty) and their departments and institutions to submit proposals. Projects may replicate existing successful projects, adapt components of such projects, or be innovative. Possible projects, all of which have a strong mathematics 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 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.

Deadline: Feb. 12, annually.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Applications will be accepted from college and university mathematics faculty or pre-college mathematics teachers working in conjunction with college and university faculty.



Amount Description

Grants will be up to $6,000 and will be made to the institution of the project director for the one-year project. An institution is expected to supply matching funds or in-kind support as an indication of commitment to the project. These grants will not support any institutional indirect costs or provide fringe benefits. 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.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

February 12, 2020