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Research suggests that faculty early in their careers are more open to trying new teaching methods and benefit more from the kind of professional development Project NExT provides. Thus our program is designed for faculty in the mathematical sciences who are early in their careers. Although the vast majority of Fellows apply to the program in the spring before they start their first or second year of full-time teaching, we welcome applications from faculty who don't fit this traditional profile. Typically post-docs and tenure-track faculty at R1 institutions who have completed one or more post-docs (with minimal teaching duties) are encouraged to apply. For more on the types of applicants who are likely to be selected to join the new Project NExT cohort, please consult the Project NExT applicants' FAQ

Cost Structure

There is no fee for participation in Project NExT itself, and Fellows will be provided with all programming, snacks, and most of the meals at the Project NExT Workshops prior to MathFest. Fellows also do not have to pay for the Project NExT short courses at the summer Mathfest that are organized by Project NExT. Institutions employing the Project NExT Fellows are expected to provide all other expenses associated with the meetings. For the three required meetings, we estimate each Fellow will require travel support of about $4000, although this varies depending on the locations of the meetings. For institutions with higher travel costs (e.g., those for whom airfare is expensive, or those preferring not to share a room), $4500 or even $5000 should be expected. Assurances of institutional support are of critical importance in the application process. Thanks to a generous grant from the Educational Advancement Foundation, a small number of travel grants are available, especially targeting faculty from underrepresented minority groups and faculty at Minority Serving Institutions. Details are included on the application form. Additional opportunities for professional development include the Early Career Mathematician Committee's MAA Mentoring Network.

Project NExT former Directors Chris Stevens and Aparna Higgins, and Former Associate Director Judith Covington welcoming a new Fellow

Application Procedure

The deadlines are different depending on your situation. Applicants who want to join MAA Project NExT before they begin a new full-time teaching position are welcome to apply by April 15th. They will hear a decision on June 1st. For those applicants, the application will open around February 1st. Applicants who will already have taught at their new institution before starting NExT should apply by October 15th. They will hear a decision on December 1st. For those applicants, the application will open around September 1st. To apply, click the link above (which is only active during the open periods).

Outside of exceptional cases (contact us), we only accept applications online. A completed application includes

  • a personal statement (as a pdf) not to exceed two pages (Note: this is different from a Teaching Philosophy - see the applicant's FAQ for more)
  • a research statement (also a pdf) not to exceed one page (<250 words would be even better!) 
  • a one-page vita (yep, a third pdf) 
  • a completed application form (this requires contact information for your dean/chair and contact information for the Teaching & Learning Center or similar office if the institution where you will be teaching has one)
  • a letter of support from your chair or dean. In the application system, submit their email as a Reference Letter writer.

Before applying, read the applicant's FAQ. Then, after writing the two statements and CV, fill out the on-line application form. You will be asked to upload both statements and the one-page CV as part of the process. If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected] .