Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships in Mathematics

PROMYS India for Students in India

Mehta Fellows with Ila Varma
Mehta Fellows at PROMYS with Professor Ila Varma

First-year student applications are now closed for the 2021 Mehta Fellowships for students in India. 

Teachers may still submit the Mehta Fellowship Recommendation FormParents and guardians may still submit the Mehta Fellowship Financial Form.

Applicants will be emailed with their admissions decision by May 15.

Sadly, the launch of PROMYS India has been postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS are available again in 2021 for students in India, as they have been since 2015. The Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS are full scholarships for mathematically talented students in India who could not attend PROMYS without financial assistance (eligibility details below). PROMYS 2021 will run online from July 4 - August 14.

Sign up HERE to be notified by email when the application for PROMYS India 2022 becomes available. Please contact Julia Rolnick at promysus@bu.edu with any questions.

Eligibility for a Mehta Fellowship

  • Age 14 to 18 at the start of PROMYS;
  • At school in India and/or citizen of India (or OCI card holder);
  • Student at high school/secondary school in grades 9 - 12 (9th or 10th standard, +1, +2, or PUC) when applying. Sixth form college and home-schooled students are also eligible. Students who are already attending university are not eligible;
  • In need of financial assistance to attend PROMYS;
  • Proficient in English: Able to participate fully in mathematical discussions held in English.

PROMYS India 2022

PROMYS India was looking forward to welcoming mathematically talented students and counsellors from across India for six weeks of challenging mathematical exploration at Ashoka University. Postponement is a great disappointment, but health and safety have to be the top priority. PROMYS looks forward eagerly to the launch of PROMYS India in 2022.

PROMYS India is an offshoot PROMYS program for students in India. It is closely modeled on PROMYS at Boston University. Full scholarships will be awarded to all PROMYS India students for at least the first summer. The hope is that participation in the new program will remain free long-term. The Director of PROMYS India is Professor Ila Varma (University of Toronto) who has experienced PROMYS in multiple roles including student, counselor, Head Counselor, research mentor, guest lecturer, interviewer of Mehta Fellowship Finalists, and PROMYS Foundation Trustee.

Sponsors of the Mehta Fellowships and PROMYS India

The participation in PROMYS of the Mehta Fellows has been fully funded since 2015 thanks to the generosity and vision of Nick Nash & Phalgun Raju, Avi & Sandra Nash, the Indira Foundation and Morph.org who are also the founding sponsors for PROMYS India. PROMYS India is their brainchild, and their anchor funding enables the full scholarships for PROMYS India participants.

“PROMYS is more than just a summer program - It is an experience that will change your life. The path of discovery that one follows as a student of PROMYS is unique and will change your perception of mathematics…I am extremely grateful to the sponsors of the Mehta Fellowships for giving me this wonderful experience.” Siddharth Sridhar, 2017 Mehta Fellow and 2018 Returning Mehta Fellow

Twenty-One Mehta Fellows from India in the PROMYS 2020 Bridge Program!

PROMYS was thrilled to have 21 Mehta Fellows participate in the online PROMYS 2020 Bridge Program: 11 students, 4 junior counselors, and 6 counselors. Their participation is thanks to the philanthropic vision and generosity of Nick Nash & Phalgun Raju, Avi and Sandra Nash, Morph.org, and Indira Foundation who have supported the Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS since 2015 and who are also the founding sponsors of PROMYS India.

The 21 Mehta Fellows in the Bridge Program come from across India including from Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Indore, Palanpur, Burdwan, Thrissur, Delhi, Kolkata, Howrah, Durgapur, Kharangpur, Nasik, and Jaipur. The undergraduate counselors attend Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. You can meet the students and counselors below.

Pilot Program for PROMYS India

Between 2015 and 2020, the Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS program brought mathematically talented students from India to PROMYS at Boston University. Selected each year from very large and impressive applicant pools, the Mehta Fellows grew in number from 2015, when there were two, to 2019, when there were fifteen: ten students and five counselors. Deeply familiar with the PROMYS approach to engaging in mathematics, Mehta Fellowship alumni will be the returning students and counselors at PROMYS India.

Comments by Mehta Fellows

“PROMYS is more than just a summer program - It is an experience that will change your life. The path of discovery that one follows as a student of PROMYS is unique and will change your perception of mathematics. The problem sets showed me that mathematics demands one to make bold conjectures, while also giving substantial emphasis on rigor and proofs. The opportunities to explore mathematics at PROMYS are endless. I loved the diverse community I was part of at PROMYS. I am extremely grateful to the sponsors of the Mehta Fellowships for giving me this wonderful experience.” Siddharth Sridhar, Mehta Fellow 2017 and 2018 

“PROMYS has been the best mathematical experience I ever had. PROMYS gave me new perspective about mathematics and taught me to chase elegance and simplicity instead of complexity. Discovering math in our own way is important and PROMYS provide the best environment to encourage you to do so. The best part about PROMYS is that it isn't about how much you know but about your will to learn more. The community PROMYS offers is so amazing - everyone is so supportive and understood me so well.” Bhumika Mittal, Mehta Fellow 2020

“If you love mathematics, you will love PROMYS. This was the best summer of my life. PROMYS is all about thinking hard and having fun. Thinking and exploring really helped me grow intellectually. PROMYS made me sure that I want to become a mathematician.”  Vruddhi Shah, Mehta Fellow 2020

“Since the program is so intensive and so well structured, one actually feels the heavenly bliss of reasoning at every step... PROMYS actually prepares people for life, not just number theory." Nilava Metya, Mehta Fellow 2018, 2019 and 2020

“The way of getting to the core of a topic from very basics without assuming anything, just like the way Euler or other mathematician would have done in their times, can only be experienced in PROMYS.” Senjuti Dutta, Mehta Fellow 2019 and 2020

“PROMYS has given me a new perspective to Mathematics. The lectures taught me to chase simplicity and elegance instead of complexity. The problem sets pushed me to frontiers I had never explored or even knew existed. They also showed me how mathematics was an empirical science with lots of conjectures to be made from numerical observations. The amount of mathematics I saw at PROMYS amazed me.” Adit Vishnu PM, Mehta Fellow 2016-2020

"The depth of math at PROMYS is remarkable, wherein we write proofs in the most rigorous fashion possible, which inculcates in us a very important skill as a mathematician. Overall, it’s an experience that is one of a kind, and something that I will always remember throughout my life." Siddhant Chaudhary, Mehta Fellow 2018 - 2020

"In PROMYS, the problem sets are designed in such a way that one would keep discovering theorems on their own.. That provides extreme pleasure to any math-loving kid. And during the course of 6 weeks, we almost become a family… PROMYS Is a place to learn maths rather than compete." Soumen Ghosh, Mehta Fellow 2016-2019

"The PROMYS community was very welcoming and supportive. I won’t ever forget these people and the memories we had together. I will stay in touch and hope to make more memories together." Kalyani Gohokar, Mehta Fellow 2019 and 2020

"The exposure, the rigour, the way of approach we learn here in unparalleled. The Number Theory lectures were world-class, and the problem sets were the heart of the enrichment of the program.” Aman Agrawal, Mehta Fellow 2017 and 2018

“PROMYS has been the best mathematical experience of my life." Anupam Datta, Mehta Fellow 2018 and 2020

"If you love Mathematics, believe me, you will never walk alone at PROMYS." Sanket Biswas, Mehta Fellow 2019 and 2020 

“I have grown up doing competitive math for Olympiads. When I came to PROMYS 2015 as a first year, it showed me a new way of learning mathematics. PROMYS helped me to understand, how to build our own mathematics. PROMYS made me to ask questions, and the numerical problems are designed in a way to develop and investigate conjectures. PROMYS helped me understand how to approach a research problem. It showed the importance of numerical data which is helpful to see beautiful patterns behind them.” Sabir Shaik, Mehta Fellow 2015 - 2019

2020 Mehta Fellows

Rahul Adhikari - Student  
Deepta Basak - Student  
Satya Sreevani Bh - Student  
Parth Chavan - Student  
Shamli Manasvi - Student  
Bhumika Mittal - Student  
Haran Mouli - Student  
Arghya Sarkar - Student  
Vruddhi Shah - Student  
Tejas Varma - Student  
Medha Yelimeli - Student  
Sanket Biswas - Junior Counselor  
Anupam Datta - Junior Counselor  
Senjuti Dutta - Junior Counselor  
Kalyani Gohokar - Junior Counselor  
Siddhant Chaudhary - Counselor  
Arpoitri Ghosal - Counselor  
Nilava Metya - Counselor  
Adit Vishnu PM - Counselor  
Devansh Sehta - Counselor  
Arya Vadnere - Head Counselor  

 

Mehta Fellows at PROMYS 2019
Fifteen Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS awarded in 2019!

2021 Mehta Fellowship flyer