Mathematics PhD Program

NYU Shanghai, in partnership with the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science and the NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, invites applications from exceptional students for PhD study and research in Mathematics.

Participating students are enrolled in the NYU GSAS Mathematics PhD program, complete their coursework at the NYU Courant Institute in New York, and then transition to full-time residence at NYU Shanghai where they undertake their doctoral research under the supervision of NYU Shanghai faculty.

Highlights of the Program:

  • NYU degree upon graduation
  • Graduate coursework at the NYU Courant Institute in New York
  • Research opportunities with and close mentorship by NYU Shanghai faculty
  • Access to the vast intellectual resources of NYU GSAS and NYU Courant Institute
  • Cutting-edge research environment at NYU Shanghai, including the NYU-ECNU Institute of Mathematical Sciences, a thriving community of PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, and research associates, activities such as a regular program of seminars and visiting academics, and links with other universities within and outside China
  • Financial aid through the NYU Shanghai Doctoral Fellowship, including tuition, fees, and an annual stipend equal to stipends received by all NYU Mathematics PhD students
  • Additional benefits exclusive to the NYU Shanghai program, including international health insurance, housing assistance in New York, and travel funds

Supervising Faculty

Recent Publications by NYU Shanghai Faculty

  • Spectral gap estimates in Mean Field Spin Glasses, G. Ben Arous and A. Jagannath, Communications in Mathematical Physics, no 361, pp 1-52, 2018
  • R. Basu, V. Sidoravicius and A. Sly. Lipschitz Embeddings of Random Fields. Probability Theory and Related Fields, doi:10.1007/s00440-017-0826-5, 2018.
  • The Vertex Reinforced Jump Process and a Random Schrödinger operator on finite graph, C. Sabot, P. Tarres * and X. Zeng, Annals of Probability, Volume 45, Number 6A (2017), 3967-3986.
  • The landscape of the spiked tensor model, G. Ben Arous, S. Mei, A. Montanari and M.Nica, to appear in CPAM, Arxiv: 1711.05424, 2018
  • V. Sidoravicius and L. Tournier. The Ballistic Annihilation Threshold is 1/4. arXiv preprint arXiv:1808.10731, 2018
  • Edge-reinforced random walk, vertex-reinforced jump process and the supersymmetric hyperbolic sigma model, C. Sabot and P. Tarres *, Journal of European Mathematical Society, European Mathematical Society (2015), Vol. 17, No. 9, 2353-2378.
  • Comparing Dynamics: Deep Neural Networks versus Glassy Systems, M. Baity-Jesi, L. Sagun, M. Geiger, S. Spigler, G. Ben Arous, C. Cammarota, Y. LeCun, M. Wyart, G. Biroli, ​Paper 1447, ICML 2018, Arxiv: 1803.06969
  • P. Grassberger, M.R. Hilario and V. Sidoravicius, Percolation in Media with Columnar Disorder, J. Stat. Phys. (2017) 168:731-745.
  • Online learning as stochastic approximation of the regularization paths: optimality and almost-sure convergence, P. Tarres and Y. Yao *, IEEE Transactions in Information Theory (2014), Vol. 60, No. 9, 5716-5735.
  • H. Duminil-Copin, M. R. Hilario, G. Kozma and V. Sidoravicius, Brochette Percolation, Israel Journal of Mathematics, 225(1), 479-501.

Selected Faculty Features

NYU Shanghai Launches New Mathematics PhD”, Dec 2018 (Gerard Ben Arous, Vladas Sidoravicius, Pierre Tarres)

"Faculty Spotlight: Pierre Tarres" (Pierre Tarres)


Structure of Program

Participating students complete the PhD degree requirements set by the NYU Courant Institute and in accordance with the academic policies of NYU GSAS. Each student develops an individualized course plan in consultation with the Director of Graduate Study at the NYU Courant Institute and the student’s NYU Shanghai faculty advisor. A typical sequence follows:

Summer 1
in Shanghai


Begin program with funded research rotation, up to 3 months preceding first Fall semester, to familiarize with NYU Shanghai and faculty as well as lay a foundation for future doctoral study.

Year 1
(Fall and Spring)
in New York


Complete PhD coursework at NYU Courant Institute alongside other NYU PhD students.

Summer 2
in Shanghai


Return to Shanghai for second funded research rotation to solidify relationships with NYU Shanghai faculty and make further progress in research.

Year 2
through Year 5
in Shanghai


Under supervision of NYU Shanghai faculty advisor, pursue dissertation research and continue coursework. Depending on each student’s individualized course of study, return visits to New York may also occur. Complete all required examinations and progress evaluations, both oral and written, leading up to submission and defense of doctoral thesis.

To learn more about the NYU Mathematics PhD program degree requirements, please visit this page.


Application Process and Dates

Applications are to be submitted through the NYU GSAS Application portal, within which students should select the Mathematics PhD as their program of interest, and then indicate their preference for NYU Shanghai by marking the appropriate checkbox when prompted. Applicants will be evaluated by a joint admissions committee of New York and Shanghai faculty. Application requirements are set by the NYU Courant Institute and are the same as those for all NYU PhD applicants, no matter their campus preference; however, candidates are recommended to elaborate in their application and personal statements about their specific interests in the NYU Shanghai program and faculty. 

The application deadline has passed and the NYU GSAS Application portal is closed (January 31, 2019). If you are interested in applying in the future, applications will reopen in Fall 2019 for 2020 admission. Applications are only accepted for Fall admission.



Contact Us

Interested students are welcome to contact Xiaoyun Du, program coordinator of the NYU Shanghai Physics PhD, via email at with any inquiries or to request more information.