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Grants to USA and Canada High School and IHE Faculty to Encourage Women and Girls to Study Mathematics

Tensor Women and Mathematics Grants

GrantWatch ID# 178771

Funding Source
Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/12/23 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $6,000 to USA and Canada IHE faculty, as well as high school math teachers in conjunction with IHE faculty for projects that encourage girls and women to study mathematics. Funding is intended for the following two objectives: to encourage college and university mathematics faculty to develop projects to increase the participation of women in mathematics, and to provide support to project directors.

Projects may replicate existing successful projects, adapt components of such projects, or be innovative. Possible projects, all of which have a strong mathematical component, are to:

  • Organize a club for women interested in mathematics or mathematics and science;
  • Create a network of women professional mentors who will direct mathematics projects for girls;
  • Hold a conference for counselors to prepare them to encourage women and girls to continue to study mathematics;
  • Conduct a summer mathematics program for high school women;
  • Bring high school women onto a college campus for a Math Day with substantive follow-up;
  • Structure a program for high school and/or college women to mentor younger female mathematics students with math projects or math clubs;
  • Form partnerships with industry to acquaint women students with real-life applications of mathematics;
  • Provide funds toward release time to allow a faculty member to prepare a course on women and mathematics, provided the host institution agrees to offer such a course.

While differences occur among highly successful projects, there are some characteristics that effective projects targeting women and girls appear to have:

  • Clearly articulated goals and measurable objectives;
  • Strong academic component, with a focus on enrichment, not remediation;
  • Information on careers that use mathematics extensively;
  • Teaching strategies that take into account the needs and cognitive development of women and girls;
  • Teachers highly competent in the subject matter who believe that women can learn the material;
  • Use of appropriate role models;
  • Strong directors and committed and stable staff;
  • Ability to respond to the participants' needs and interests before, during, and after the program
  • Development of a peer support system;
  • Institutional commitment;
  • Programs that last longer than one-day events.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications will be accepted from college and university mathematics faculty or pre-college mathematics teachers working in conjunction with college and university faculty.

Applications will be accepted from college and university mathematical sciences faculty at accredited U.S. (including U.S. Territory) or Canadian institutions.

Tensor Foundation grants do not support fringe benefits.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due by February 12, 2023 at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

An institution is expected to supply matching funds or in-kind support as an indication of commitment to the project.


Estimated Size of Grant
Grants will be up to $6,000.

Term of Contract
Grants will be made for one-year projects. To provide maximum flexibility, unexpended funds may be carried forward. Some grants, after a reapplication, may be renewed for another year, with a maximum of three grants.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For further information about the program, please contact MAA Programs at or MAA Tensor Program Director Rachelle DeCoste at

For consultation on your ideas for projects, proposers are encouraged to contact the MAA Tensor Program Outreach Director Florence Fasanelli at, or by phone at 202-966-5591.

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