Ambassador Program

WAM Ambassador Program


Thanks to a generous grant from Lisa Simonyi, the IAS Women and Mathematics Program will fund annually up to three (3) postdoctoral or advanced graduate ambassadors and up to six (6) graduate ambassadors to build support and outreach networks across the country.

Postdoctoral/Advanced Graduate Ambassadorship

Each postdoctoral or advanced graduate ambassador will receive a $1,000.00 award to organize a weekend conference, and a grant of up to $2,000.00 to cover conference costs such as honorarium and travel expenses for the invited speaker(s) and lunch and/or refreshments for conference participants. The 1,000.00 US dollar award can be shared by as many as four (4) organizers. The conference grant (2,000.00 US dollar maximum) will be disbursed to the lead organizer's home institution (e.g., mathematics department, grants office, or finance office) to reimburse conference costs. It is expected that the lead organizer's home institution will provide matching funds and administrative support.

Graduate Ambassadorship

Each graduate ambassador will receive a 500.00 US dollar award to build a support structure for undergraduate math majors at her university. Graduate Ambassadors can apply for additional funds from a 3,000.00 US dollar pool to organize outreach activities in their local communities.

Eligibility & Requirements

WAM Ambassador selection criteria include previous participation in the Women and Mathematics summer program, mathematical expertise, and enthusiasm. Each lead conference organizer and graduate ambassador should have a faculty sponsor (male or female) at their home institution. WAM Ambassadors must also fulfill these requirements:

  1. Submit a summary report within 30 days of the completion of the proposed activity.
  2. Acknowledge IAS Women and Mathematics and Lisa Simonyi in activity announcements (print and online) and in any publication that results from the activity.
  3. Participation (may be virtual) in the WAM annual meeting the following May or in-person at the JMM 2024 WAM Alumnae Reception to present/share best practices and new outreach ideas, and to help train new WAM Ambassadors.

How to Apply

To apply for a 2024 WAM Ambassadorship, please submit the following information in a pdf file to by July 31, 2023:

  1. A current CV of the lead applicant (and co-organizers if applicable);
  2. A detailed plan of the proposed activity (in-person or hybrid and must be completed 30 days prior to the May program), including dates and time frame;
  3. A detailed budget of the proposed activity;
  4. A reference letter from a faculty member at the lead applicant’s home institution and his/her consent to be an advisor of the proposed activity;
  5. Written consent from the home institution to accept conference or activity grants from IAS and to administer reimbursement of conference or activity expenses from the grant;
  6. Information on additional funding you will receive or apply for to support the proposed activity (e.g., a copy of the application or request for matching funds submitted to your department, university graduate council, diversity committee, AWM, faculty NSF grant, etc.).


Applicants will be notified of their award status on or before August 31, 2023.


More Information

You may find the following sample conference plan and proposal a useful guide:


For suggestions and guidance on community outreach activities, please see:



For more information, please contact:

Michelle Huguenin at