Archive for March, 2012

2012 Math Sloan Fellowships

March 12, 2012

The 2012 Sloan Fellowships for young US scientists, in particular mathematicians, have just been announced. The 20 laureates come from a wide variety of topics (differential geometry, PDEs, number theory, mathematical biology, theoretical computer science, …).

I was curious to see if there was anything that the laureates shared, apart from being very talented. For example, is a US PhD necessary (or even high-school in the US) or could someone coming there only at the postdoc level be eligible, and so on.

It appears that non-US PhDs are ok, but that is very rare: out of the 20 math laureates, I’ve counted just 2 with a non-US PhD. As for undergradute studies, about two thirds of them are US-educated. Finally,  nationality and studies up to high-school are not an issue as expected (indeed, most were born outside the US).

Two recipients actually work in Canada, so there’s some leeway there too.