Student Application

“PROMYS was the first time I felt truly challenged and stimulated in a mathematical environment. Rather than just teaching me how to solve problems, it taught me how to think in a new way.” Grace Elliot, Student 2021

Applications are closed for PROMYS 2022.  Sign up here to be notified by email when the application for 2023 becomes available.

We plan to run PROMYS 2022 as an in-person program on the campus of Boston University. 

All participants will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and comply with COVID-19 protocols while at Boston University. More details on these requirements will be provided to accepted students.

To be eligible, students must, by the start 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 may attend during the summer between high school and college or during a gap year. Students who already attend university are not eligible to apply as students, although they are eligible for a counselor position.

PROMYS is particularly interested in increasing diversity in mathematics and in science and technology opportunities more broadly. PROMYS strongly encourages students to apply who are female, Black, Latinx or from other groups underrepresented in STEM.

For information about full scholarships for students in India and China respectively, please visit the Mehta Fellowships or Yongren Fellowships page.

Application Process

Four components of the application must be submitted by the deadline:

  1. solutions to a challenging problem set
  2. letter of recommendation
  3. high school transcript
  4. application form which includes short answers

First-Year Student Application

The application deadline is March 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT. Please give yourself plenty of time to work on the problems and to write up your solutions! Many applicants give themselves weeks to think about the problems. PROMYS will email applicants with their admissions decision by the middle of May 2022.

To be submitted by the APPLICANT

1) Problem Set Solutions. 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 compress it.

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 that are labeled "Secured" at the top or show the lock symbol. 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. There are several short answer questions regarding your interest in the program. You may want to type your responses into a word document from which you can cut and paste into the application form.

To be submitted by the APPLICANT'S TEACHER

4) Teacher Recommendation Form. Please ask a current or former mathematics teacher (or a mathematics coach, professor, or mentor) to complete this form. We strongly encourage you to follow up with your teacher to ensure the recommendation is submitted by the March 15 deadline. Your teacher may submit the recommendation even if you haven’t submitted your application yet.

Please note: It is the applicant’s responsibility to request a recommendation. PROMYS will not be reaching out to your teacher.

To be submitted by the APPLICANT’S PARENT (if applicable)

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

Mehta Fellowships for Students in India

Mehta Fellowships provide a full scholarship to PROMYS covering tuition, visa fees, round-trip travel, housing, meals, and books. For more information, visit the Mehta Fellowships page

The following forms are still open for submissions:


Yongren (永仁) Fellowships for Students in China

Students in 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 covering tuition, visa fees, round-trip travel, room and board, and books. For more information, visit the Yongren Fellowships page.

Other PROMYS Programs


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


Secondary and higher secondary students in India will be eligible to apply to PROMYS India when it launches in 2023 after postponements due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Please visit the PROMYS India site for details about the program and scholarships. Students from India are welcome to apply to PROMYS 2022 at Boston University.