EDGE proudly presents the Karen EDGE Fellowship

Design by Tarah Paul, Tai-Danae Bradley, and John de Pillis

The EDGE Foundation has received an extraordinary gift from Abel Prize winner, Karen Uhlenbeck. Her generous gift is being used to establish The Karen EDGE Fellowship Program to support and enhance the research programs and collaborations of mid-career mathematicians who are members of an underrepresented minority group. Fellows will be chosen by a selection committee consisting of mathematicians appointed by the EDGE Foundation Board.


Fellowships are available to mid-career mathematicians employed in full-time positions in the U.S. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a Ph.D. or equivalent who are underrepresented minorities. Mathematicians of any gender identity are eligible.


The award consists of $8,000 per year for three years. Valid expenses include travel by the Fellow, the Fellow‘s graduate students, or the Fellow‘s collaborators for the purpose of advancing the proposed research project, scientific computing, supplies, books, and professional memberships. Teaching buyouts or salary supplements are not permitted.

The $8,000 includes funds to support one trip to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (travel only; the Institute will provide local expenses) to meet Karen Uhlenbeck and members of the IAS community.

Reporting Requirements:

An annual progress report and financial statement are expected annually within two months of the end of each academic year.

The application consists of the following:

• Personal Statement (1 page)
• Research Description (2 pages, not including references)
• Curriculum vitae (2 pages)
• Three-year plan for use of the Fellowship (1 page)
• Budget Outline (1 page; include travel to Princeton, NJ)
• Current and pending funding support


Applications are due March 1, 2024. Applications are available here.

Meet the Karen EDGE Fellows

One of Dr. Uhlenbeck’s advances in essence described the complex shapes of soap films not in a bubble bath but in abstract, high-dimensional curved spaces. In later work, she helped put a rigorous mathematical underpinning to techniques widely used by physicists in quantum field theory to describe fundamental interactions between particles and forces.

In the process, she helped pioneer a field known as geometric analysis, and she developed techniques now commonly used by many mathematicians.

“She did things nobody thought about doing,” said Sun-Yung Alice Chang, a mathematician at Princeton University who served on the five-member prize committee, “and after she did, she laid the foundations of a branch of mathematics.”

Karen Uhlenbeck

Karen Uhlenbeck

Photo credit: Andrea Kane/Institute for Advanced Study

Tarah Paul
Tai-Danae Bradley
John de Pillis

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Tarah Paul, Tai-Danae Bradley, John de Pillis