[Busec] Fwd: [Sigcomm2013] SIGCOMM Student Travel Grants

Sharon Goldberg goldbe at cs.bu.edu
Tue May 28 17:07:25 EDT 2013


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Subject: [Sigcomm2013] SIGCOMM Student Travel Grants
To: Sharon Goldberg <goldbe at cs.bu.edu>

Dear Sharon Goldberg,

ACM SIGCOMM 2013 Travel Grants are now posted.  The application deadline is
June 4.

For this document online, and submission website, please visit

This year, as in years past, the Conference Organizing Committee is working
hard to provide as much travel support to as many conference attendees as
possible. Travel support has been provided from many different supporting
organizations. Through this support, we will be able to assist dozens of

Support is provided for a variety of different types of attendees, from
graduate students to post-doctoral scholars. The amount of support depends
on the type of attendee and available funding. Attendees from around the
world are encouraged to apply.

Support for SIGCOMM 2013 travel grant from the following organizations has
been confirmed:

1. ACM SIGCOMM GeoDiversity travel grants are available for attendees in
their early career (at most five years of full-time, full-level,
non-postdoc, post-PhD employment) from under-represented countries, based
on need, distance to the conference venue, and impact of their attendance
in increasing the diversity of conference participation.

2. NSF Support: travel grants are available for full time graduate students
and post-docs enrolled at U.S. University.

3. There are a number of additional funding pending final decisions in the
meantime we seek support for attendees across all categories.

Please consider the following important information before applying:

* The application process is the same for all types of attendees and all
sources of funding and is described in the rest of this page.

* Travel grant awards are meant to "partially" cover the cost of attending
and participating in SIGCOMM 2013. The only travel expenses that can be
reimbursed are: air travel, hotel, and conference registration.

* Note that the award recipients will need to pay for the expenses ahead of
time and get reimbursed after the conference.

* The exact number of awards will depend on the availability of funds and
will be determined as funding amounts are finalized.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used in the selection process:

1. Preference will be given to applicants that do not present a paper in
the conference. The rationale for this criterion is that the participation
costs for a presenting author should be covered by their home institution.

2. Students presenting posters are encouraged to apply though. The
rationale is to support the participation of students who do not present
papers but contribute to the conference in other ways.

3. Evidence of a serious interest in networking, as demonstrated by
coursework and/or project experience, will be required. Advanced students
close to graduation or in the job market will also be given priority, when

4. We also encourage participation of women and under-represented
minorities. Special attention will be given to applicants from
minority-serving institutions.

5. After giving priority to the above criteria, (co-)authors of papers may
be considered but will be given lower priority. The rationale is to
support people that contribute to the conference and cannot attend
otherwise due to budget or other constraints. (An example is a student who
is a second author but does not present and would not be able to attend the
conference otherwise. Another example is a postdoc who presents work with a
past affiliation or without affiliation and thus is not supported neither
by its past nor by its current institution. In both cases, the applicant
and the letter-writer should explain in their letters why it is impossible
to support the applicant from other sources.)

Important Dates

Submission deadline for all programs
         June 04, 2013

Award notification
         June 10, 2013

Deadline to accept/decline the award
         June 12, 2013

All deadlines are 11:59pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Where and How to Apply

All application materials (applicant's info, CV and and letters) should be
submitted electronically to the following website:


The applicant should create an account in the submission system and upload:

1. an up-to-date CV

2. an application letter, and

3. a letter from their supervisor (Ph.D. advisor for students, Ph.D or
postdoc advisor for postdocs, or supervisor for faculty/researchers).

The applicant's letter should be clearly divided in the following sections:

1. an explicit identification of (a) the applicant's current country of
study or work, (b) academic status (student, postdoc, or junior faculty
member), and (c) whether the applicant qualifies for a GeoDiversity travel
grant (see above);

2. whether the applicant is a workshop paper or poster author; and whether
the applicant will participate to the ACM Student Research Competition

3. brief summary of where the applicant is studying/working (provide a URL
for a home page if one exists) and the applicant's advisor/supervisor is;
the applicant feels is relevant to support their case;

4. a brief summary of research interests and plans for future research; and

5. why the conference attendance is important to the applicant's research

The supervisor's letter should be clearly divided in the following

1. the applicant's good standing in the institution;

2. explain why the applicant would benefit from attending SIGCOMM as well
as how he/she could contribute to the conference; and

3. explain the current funding status and why the applicant is in need of
the travel grant.

Supervisor letters may either be uploaded directly into the applicant's
account (preferred) or may be emailed (PDF only!) to
"stg-chairs at nslab.ee.ntu.edu.tw". The submission site has been designed to
keep supervisor letters "write-only", i.e., the applicant will not be able
to view the uploaded letter in their account.

Sharon Goldberg
Computer Science, Boston University

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