Student Application for PROMYS 2020

PROMYS is a program for pre-college students; there are participants from across the United States and also international students.

To be eligible, students must, by the first day of the program, have completed at least 9th grade (or its equivalent) and be at least 14 years old. (Unfortunately, there is no flexibility on these requirements).  Students can attend during the summer between high school and college (or during a gap year). Students who already attend university are not eligible to apply to be students, though they may be eligible to apply for a counselor position.

Admissions decisions will be based on the following criteria: an applicant’s solutions to a set of challenging problems, teacher recommendation, high school transcript, and responses regarding interest in the program. 

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM ET on March 15. Students will be notified about admissions decisions by the first week of May.

Please give yourself plenty of time to work on the problems and to write up your solutions. It would not be inappropriate to think about the problems for weeks.

If you have any questions or encounter persistent difficulties uploading your problem set solutions, transcript, or supporting financial documents, please contact us at

Students from China should read below to see if they are eligible to apply for a Yongren Fellowship. If eligible, applicants should submit the appropriate Yongren-specific teacher recommendation and financial forms in place of the regular recommendation and financial aid forms. 

Required Components for First-Year Student Application:


1) Problem Set Solutions. The application problems can be downloaded HERE. Please upload your solutions (as a single PDF no larger than 10 MB) with your online application. If you are handwriting your solutions, please use dark ink and wide margins so a scan of your work will be legible. Please do not send a photo/JPEG of your solutions since it is very unlikely we will be able to read these. If your PDF file is larger than 10 MB, you may need to use PDF compression software.

2) School Transcript (or report card). Please upload your transcript with your online application. This can be an unofficial copy provided to you by your school. We are not able to process transcripts which are labeled "Secured" at the top or show the symbol of a lock. If your transcript is in this encrypted format, please send us a scan or screen shot as a PDF. (Homeschooled students should please upload a description of courses and studies undertaken.)

3) Online Application: You will be asked to upload your problem set solutions and school transcript with your application.


Please note: it is the applicant's responsibility to ask one of his or her mathematics teachers to complete this form.

4) Online Teacher Recommendation Form: Please ask one of your mathematics teachers (or a mathematics coach, professor, or mentor) to complete the form. PROMYS will not be sending a request to your teacher. We strongly encourage you to follow up with your teacher to ensure the recommendation is submitted in a timely manner. It can be submitted at any time before the deadline of March 15 regardless of when the application itself is submitted.

Please note that teachers of applicants for a Yongren Fellowship (for students in China) should submit the Yongren Fellowship Recommendation form instead of this form. Please see the Yongren Fellowship information below.


5) Online Financial Aid Application: To be considered for financial aid, please have a parent or guardian complete the financial aid form by the deadline of March 15. The form will ask for the upload of a supporting financial document.

Please note that parents and guardians of Yongren applicants should submit the Yongren Fellowship Financial Form not this Financial Aid Application. Please see the Yongren Fellowship information below.


Yongren (永仁) Fellowships to PROMYS 2020 for eligible students in China 

Students from China are invited to apply for a Yongren (永仁) Fellowship if they would be unable to attend PROMYS without financial assistance. Yongren Fellowships provide a full scholarship to PROMYS (tuition, room and board) plus round-trip travel from China, visa application fees, and any required books. The application deadline is March 15, 2020.

To apply for a Yongren Fellowship, please follow the application instructions on the Yongren Fellowships page HERE.

Please contact if you or your family have questions about the Yongren Fellowships.


PROMYS India 2020 for Students in India

PROMYS is very excited to announce the launch of PROMYS India which will run from May 24 – July 4, 2020 at Ashoka University, Sonepat, Haryana. PROMYS India is for mathematically talented students in India aged at least 15. The application is here.

All PROMYS India students in 2020 will receive full scholarships thanks to anchor funding from sponsors: the Nash family, Indira Foundation and The brainchild of the same sponsors, the Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS program (2015-2019) was the pilot program for PROMYS India. 

Please note that students may apply to either PROMYS or to PROMYS India but not both for the same summer.  

Visit the PROMYS India website for details and the application. 


PROMYS Europe for Students in Europe

Pre-university students who are 16 or older and ordinarily resident in Europe are eligible to apply to PROMYS Europe at the University of Oxford in England. PROMYS Europe is a partnership between PROMYS and the Mathematical Institute and Wadham College at the University of Oxford, and the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI). 

Students may apply to either PROMYS or to PROMYS Europe but not both for the same summer.

Please click HERE to visit the PROMYS Europe site.  


Policy of Nondiscrimination

PROMYS does not discriminate on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or national origin in the operation of its program or in its admissions, hiring, or financial aid decisions.  


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