Clay Research Fellows are selected for their research achievements and their potential to become leaders in research mathematics. All are recent Ph.D.'s, and most are selected as they complete their thesis work. Terms range from one to five years, with most given in the upper range of this interval. Fellows are employed by the Clay Mathematics Institute, which is a U.S. charitable foundation, but may hold their fellowships anywhere in the U.S.A., Europe, or elsewhere in the world. The fellowships provide generous salary and research expenses.
The primary selection criteria for the Fellowship are the exceptional quality of the candidate's research and the candidate's promise to become a mathematical leader. Most recent appointees were finishing graduate students at the time of their selection, though other mathematicians under age thirty occasionally have been appointed. Selection decisions are made by the Scientific Advisory Board based on the nominating materials described below.
To nominate a candidate, please send the following items by November 16 for full consideration:
- Letter of nomination
- Names and contact information for two other references
- Curriculum Vitae
- Publication list for the nominee