Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships in Mathematics

2018 Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS for Students in India

2017 Mehta Fellows
2017 Mehta Fellows to PROMYS (Back, left to right) Professor Glenn Stevens, Arya Vadnere, Aman Agrawal, Siddharth Sridhar, and Adit Vishnu Pathirissery Manoj (Front, left to right) Kushagr Mohan Ahuja, Soumen Ghosh, Devansh Sehta, and Sabir Shaik

2018 Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS - Application

The Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS are for mathematically talented students in India who would be financially unable to attend PROMYS without a scholarship and travel assistance. 2018 will be the fourth year of the Mehta Fellowships and the 30th year of PROMYS. There were eight Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS awarded in 2017. 

The application deadline is March 31, 2018. Dates of PROMYS 2018: July 1 - August 11, 2018. 

Each Mehta Fellowship covers all costs for tuition, housing, and meals for the six weeks of PROMYS at Boston University, in the U.S. The Fellowships also cover roundtrip travel from India, visa application fees, and the cost of any required books. 

Mehta Fellowship Sponsors: The participation of the Mehta Fellows is fully funded thanks to the generosity and vision of Nicholas Nash, Phalgun Raju, the Indira Foundation and Morph.org. The Mehta Fellowships were created by Nicholas Nash and Phalgun Raju in 2015 as part of the Ramanujan Project which they lead and which is funded by Morph.org which they co-founded and by The Indira Foundation. Morph.org was established "to remove barriers in some of the world's biggest challenges and shine a light on areas that are not getting attention from the traditional not-for profit sector." The Ramanujan Project is a scholarship program for exceptionally talented young mathematicians in India.

Please click HERE for the 2018 Mehta Fellowship flyer.

Please email promysus@bu.edu if you have any questions about the Mehta Fellowships.

First-Year Mehta Fellowship Eligibility Requirements

1) Indian citizen and/or Indian resident between 15 and 19 years of age (inclusive) at the start of PROMYS.
2) Student at high school/secondary school in India in grades 9 - 12 (9th or 10th standard, +1, +2, or PUC). Sixth form college and home-schooled students are also eligible. Students who are already attending university are not eligible;
3) Financially unable to attend PROMYS without a scholarship and assistance with travel expenses;
4) Talented in mathematics and interested in working hard to solve challenging mathematical problems;
5) Proficient in English: Able to participate fully in mathematical discussions held entirely in English;

Mehta Fellowship Application:

There are five required elements to the Fellowship application, which should be submitted online (in any order) by the application deadline of March 31, 2018 (11:59 EST). Data submitted via the PROMYS site is encrypted and securely processed and stored.

1)  PROMYS Application HERE. Towards the end of the application, you will be asked to state that you are applying for a Mehta Fellowship. You will also be asked to upload your solutions to the application problems and your school transcript; 

2)  Application Problem Set Solutions. The application problem set can be downloaded HERE. You will be asked to upload your solutions (as a single PDF no larger than 10 MB) when you are completing your online PROMYS Application. Please give yourself plenty of time to think about the problems and to write up your solutions. 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 we are generally unable to read these;  

3) School Transcript or Grade Report. You will be asked to upload your school report (as a PDF) when you are completing your online PROMYS Application. (We are not able to process transcripts which are labeled "Secure." If your transcript is in this encrypted format, please send us a scan or screen shot as a PDF.)

4) Mehta Teacher Recommendation Form HERE to be completed by the applicant's mathematics teacher, mathematics coach, or mathematics mentor. Please note

a) Mehta applicants should submit the Mehta Teacher Recommendation Form above, not the regular PROMYS Teacher Recommendation Form on the Student Application page; and

b) It is the applicant’s responsibility to ask his or her recommendation writer to submit this form. PROMYS will not be contacting your teacher. Please follow up with your teacher to ensure the recommendation is submitted by the application deadline of March 31.

5) Mehta Fellowship Financial Form HERE to be completed by the applicant’s parent or guardian (not the PROMYS Financial Aid Application on the Student Application page which is for U.S. students). The form will require proof of income to be uploaded. 

Fellowship Finalists will be asked to participate in an interview, by telephone or Skype.  

2017 Mehta Fellowships

In 2017, PROMYS was excited to award eight Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS for talented young mathematicians in India: three first-year Mehta Fellows and five Returning Mehta Fellows. 

The first-year Mehta Fellows in 2017 were Devansh Sehta from Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Aman Agrawal also from from Indore, and Siddharth Sridhar from Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The Fellows were selected from a very strong pool of Mehta Fellowship applicants. Finalists were interviewed by alumni Dr. Abhinav Kumar and Dr. Ila Varma. 

Returning Mehta Fellows in 2017 were Arya Vadnere from Pune in Maharashtra, Adit Vishnu Pathirissery Manoj from Thrissur in Kerala, Kushagr Mohan Ahuja from Chandigarh in Union Territory, and Soumen Ghosh from Katwa in West Bengal who returned as a junior counselor. In addition, Sabir Shaik returned as a counselor. Sabir was a Mehta Fellow at PROMYS 2015 and a Returning Fellow as a junior counselor in 2016. Soumen has just completed his first year as an undergraduate at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. Sabir has completed his second year as an undergraduate at the Chennai Mathematical Institute. 

Testimonials from Mehta Fellows

“PROMYS is more than just a summer program - It is an experience that will change your life. The path of discovery that one follows as a student of PROMYS is unique and will change your perception of mathematics. The problem sets showed me that mathematics demands one to make bold conjectures, while also giving substantial emphasis on rigor and proofs. The opportunities to explore mathematics at PROMYS are endless. I loved the diverse community I was part of at PROMYS. The chance to interact with students and counselors from around the world is truly enjoyable. I am extremely grateful to the sponsors of the Mehta Fellowships for giving me this wonderful experience.” Siddharth Sridhar, 2017 Mehta Fellow

"The program was collaborative not competitive, which made it unique. Everyone in PROMYS had exceptional mathematical talent and I made a ton of new friends…Watching lectures is a very ineffective way of learning. But here in PROMYS we had carefully arranged problem sets which were capable of making you discover the stuff by yourself. PROMYS provides unique perspectives and applications you won't find anywhere else." Devansh Sehta, 2017 Mehta Fellow

"The exposure, the rigour, the way of approach we learn here in unparalleled. The number Theory lectures were world-class, and the problem sets were the heart of the enrichment of the program… I got to meet a lot of people, which I couldn't have without being a Mehta Fellow to PROMYS. I learnt their ways, thought in their shoes, and interacted outside the circle I originally had. The exposure was incredible…Definitely. PROMYS is one of the best things that has happened to me, and I am looking forward to be a part of it as long as I can." Aman Agrawal, 2017 Mehta Fellow

"PROMYS has given me a new perspective to Mathematics. The lectures taught me to chase simplicity and elegance instead of complexity. The problem sets pushed me to frontiers I had never explored or even knew existed. They also showed me how mathematics was an empirical science with lots of conjectures to be made from numerical observations. The amount of mathematics I saw at PROMYS amazed me. The PROMYS community was always supportive and a place where anyone could find another with similar interests. Just as much as PROMYS has contributed to my Mathematical endeavors, it has also made a radical change in how I perceive life. PROMYS, without doubt has been one of the best six weeks of my life."

The experience gave me a simplicity and clarity of thought that I never had before. It taught me not to be ashamed of being confused and that it is more important to ask the right questions than answering them.” Adit Vishnu Pathirissery Manoj, 2016 and 2017 Mehta Fellow  

"PROMYS is the best mathematical experience of mine till now...PROMYS is a place to learn maths rather than compete...Mathematics is both beautiful and rigorous at a time - this may sound crazy, but anyone who attended PROMYS will agree with that. In PROMYS, the problem sets are designed in such a way that one would keep discovering theorems on their own, as the eminent mathematicians did in earlier centuries. That provides extreme pleasure to any math-lover kid. And during the course of 6 weeks, we almost become a family. We have lot of mathematical and non-mathematical fun together, and those make it the most exciting and rewarding summer in my life. Life just couldn't get any better than this :)"

“In PROMYS, we have fun doing serious mathematics. Here "an answer is only worth as much as the questions it inspires" and "the goal is to see facts as so deeply embedded in mathematics that you cannot help proving them". I just quoted Glenn and Henry and I think that is a simple and nice description of PROMYS.” Soumen Ghosh, 2016 Mehta Fellow and 2017 Returning Mehta Fellow Junior Counselor

"Mathematical rigor is very crucial, but very few programs or courses actually emphasize its importance sufficiently. The importance of rigor was a key thing I learnt at PROMYS. Moreover I enjoyed the experience of making your own conjectures, working your own inventory of lemmas and proving them, and building number theory from bare bones to higher theorems. The structure of the program, in which you do the problem sets on your own to discover number theory is a very beneficial one... The opportunities for learning and research at PROMYS are endless, and foremost teach you how to learn things the right way - be it number theory or anything else. The PROMYS community is really great and co-operative. This experience is truly worth a summer and more!"

“PROMYS is the perfect platform for students around the world to enhance their mathematical skills, while at the same time generating a deep understanding about what "learning math" truly means. There is no limit to the mathematics a hungry mind can learn at PROMYS. As a second year student, the assortment of advanced seminars and research were truly enlightening and fun. The counselors and the students are really great and welcoming, and I learnt a lot through the discussions we had. Every year at PROMYS changes you for the better, and I hope to continue having the PROMYS-experience for summers to come!” Arya Vadnere, 2016 and 2017 Mehta Fellow

"PROMYS was a refreshing take on learning mathematics that was so different from the routine competition maths that most people have done before. The program opened new doors for me. I feel lucky to be part of a community where everyone is so dedicated towards doing mathematics. It was great being surrounded by people as excited by the subject as I was. I am extremely grateful to all the sponsors for the excellent 6 weeks." Neelima Borade, 2016 Mehta Fellow

“PROMYS has been the most mathematically intense experience of my life…Be it my roommate, my counsellor or any other person in general, it didn't feel like I was talking to people from different countries around the world. It felt like everyone there was just like me, a simple guy who loves math…  it’s the most fun I've ever had. I'm very grateful to Morph.org and the PROMYS Foundation for giving me this wonderful opportunity of exploring the beautiful subject that is mathematics." Shubham Aggarwal, 2015 and 2016 Mehta Fellow 

"I feel that I have benefited a lot from the program. As a second year student, I took advanced seminars like modular forms and also did the research lab. I got a first-hand experience on how deep mathematics should be studied here, as well as what it really means to do research. So I feel that the second year program of PROMYS is wonderful and as good as the first year program, if not better." Sabir Shaik, 2015 Mehta Fellow, 2016 Returning Fellow Junior Counselor, and 2017 Returning Fellow Counselor. Sabir is now a 3rd year undergraduate at Chennai Mathematical Institute.

Click HERE for a Times of India article about Soumen Ghosh's 2016 Mehta Fellowship.

Click HERE to link to "A Wizard of Maths," a profile of 2015 Mehta Fellow Sabir Shaik and the Ramanujan Project published by the Deccan Chronicle on August 18, 2015.

Mehta Fellowship Notes

1)  PROMYS lectures, discussions, and problem sets are in English; participants should possess English language skills which are strong enough to enable full participation.
2)  For some students, school attendance dates will conflict with PROMYS participation dates. PROMYS is happy to assist students in explaining to their schools the academic advantages of participation in the program.
3)  The mathematical material that students tackle at PROMYS is very challenging, and participants are expected to enjoy working intensively in mathematics; but students do not need to have taken any advanced or accelerated mathematics courses to thrive at PROMYS.
4)  PROMYS is a co-educational program. Male and female students are supervised and supported by same gender counselors and sleep in gender-separated areas of Boston University campus housing. 
5)  Many domestic students at PROMYS receive full or partial need-based financial aid. Mehta Fellows receive full scholarships.
6)  Although the majority of PROMYS students and counselors are from the United States, there are always a number of international students and counselors as well.  Over the past 30 years, there have been students and counselors from at least 48 different countries - including India. 
7)  Mehta Fellows will be provided with bed linens and towels during the program. 
8)  Laptops are not needed at PROMYS. Students who wish to do so may use Boston University desktop computers at no charge.  
9)  PROMYS students eat their meals in a cafeteria at Boston University. Vegetarian options are always available.
10) As is explained on our For International Students page, students at PROMYS need a visitor's visa, not a student visa (F-1).

Please Explore the PROMYS Site. The following pages may be of particular interest:

Overview of the Program
Program Goals
A Typical Day
Frequently Asked Questions - Read about community activities, safety procedures, alum involvement and more.
Testimonials - Read what other students have to say about their experiences at PROMYS
Community - Read about the faculty and the PROMYS community
About our Alumni
For International Students

Here is a video of the PROMYS program filmed during PROMYS 2013 and during the 25th Summer of PROMYS Celebration, July 5-7, 2013.


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