Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS
Mehta Fellows at PROMYS 2021
PROMYS is delighted to offer Mehta Fellowships again in 2022! Thanks to generous sponsors, Mehta Fellowships cover the full cost of participation in PROMYS including tuition, housing and meals for six weeks, visa fees, and roundtrip travel to the United States.
PROMYS 2022 will run July 3 – August 13, 2022, at Boston University in the United States. Mehta Fellowship awards are contingent on the accepted Fellows being able to travel to the U.S. and satisfy Boston University Covid-19 vaccination and testing requirements.
The application deadline is March 15, 2022. Applicants should give themselves plenty of time to work on the application problems and to write up their solutions. Many students allow weeks to think about the problems.
Eligibility for a Mehta Fellowship
- Age 14 to 18 (inclusive) at the start of PROMYS
- Attend high school/secondary school in India in 9th – 12th grade/standard (or +1, +2, or PUC) when applying and/or be a citizen of India (or OCI card holder). Sixth form college and home-schooled students are also eligible. Students already attending university are not eligible.
- In need of a scholarship or financial assistance to attend PROMYS
- Proficient in English – able to participate fully in mathematical discussions held entirely in English
- The mathematical material at PROMYS is very challenging, and participants are expected to enjoy working intensively in mathematics; students do not need to have taken advanced courses or participated in contests to thrive at PROMYS.
To Apply for a Mehta Fellowship
- Submit the regular PROMYS application, plus school report card (marks sheet) and solutions to the application problems. Please visit the Application page for instructions and links. The application will ask if you are applying for a Mehta Fellowship.
- Ask a mathematics teacher or mentor to submit the Mehta Teacher Recommendation Form (not the regular Teacher Recommendation Form). Please note that PROMYS will not be contacting your teacher. Please follow up with your recommender to ensure the form is submitted by March 15, regardless of when you submit your application by the deadline.
- Ask a parent or guardian to submit the Mehta Financial Form (not the regular Financial Aid Form) by March 15. The form can be submitted separate from your application and will require proof of income to be uploaded.
Offered since 2015, the Mehta Fellowships are the pilot program for PROMYS India. The launch of the new program for students in India has been postponed to 2023, due to the global pandemic. Sign up for the PROMYS India mailing list to be notified by email when the application for 2023 becomes available.
Sponsors of the Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships and of PROMYS India
The Mehta Fellowship program owes its existence and funding 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.
Mehta Fellowships in 2021
PROMYS was thrilled to have 26 Mehta Fellows in 2021: ten new first-year Mehta Fellows, 7 returning Mehta Fellows, and 9 Mehta counselors. In addition, Arya Vadnere (Mehta Fellow 2016–2020) was the PROMYS Research Advisor.
Selected Quotes from 2021 Mehta Fellows
“At PROMYS, students don’t just learn mathematics, they learn how to think.” Haran Mouli
“For anyone who wants to know the beauty of maths, let me tell you, PROMYS is the best place…The highlight of the program was surely the people; the friendships that we made here are going to be with us for the rest of our lives!” Sara Ahire
“Usually, in our school days, we are taught what is written in books and the same comes in exams and we don’t think much about that, but I think PROMYS is like the beginning of a phase where you can think on your own and give your ideas, and learn how a mathematician thinks and gives his theories.” Abhishek Yadav
“Mathematically, rigor and thinking deeply of simple things are the most important things I learnt. Apart from that, I learnt that mathematics is a lot more collaborative than it seems to be.” Smitali Bhandari
“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. It was great. Thanks Mehta Sponsors for making this possible.” Bhumika Mittal
“The habit of questioning everything and not taking anything for granted helped me not only in math but also in general problem solving.” Achyut Bharadwaj