Clay Research Fellows are selected for their research achievements and their potential to become leaders in research mathematics. All are recent Ph.D.'s, and most are selected as they complete their thesis work. Each Fellowship will normally last until the holder is five years beyond the award of their doctoral degree. Fellows are employed by the Clay Mathematics Institute, which is a U.S. charitable foundation, but may hold their fellowships anywhere in the U.S.A., Europe, or elsewhere in the world, subject to local immigration and employment constraints. The fellowships provide generous salary and research expenses.
The primary selection criteria for the Fellowship are the exceptional quality of the candidate's research and the candidate's promise to become a mathematical leader. Selection decisions are made by the Scientific Advisory Board based on the nominating materials described below.
To nominate a candidate, please send the following items by October 15 for full consideration:
- Letter of nomination
- Names and contact information for two other references
- Curriculum Vitae for the nominee
- Publication list for the nominee
The list of former Clay Research Fellows can be seen at
It includes three of the 2014 Fields Medalists, two of the 2018 Fields Medalists, and two others.