ACM SIGCOMM 2010 Travel Grants
Submission deadline for all travel grant programs extended to June 12, 2010 (11:59pm PDT).
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
Travel support has been provided from many different supporting organizations.
Through this support, we will be able to assist dozens of attendees.
Support is provided for a variety of different types of attendees, from graduate students to post-doctoral scholars to junior faculty. The amount of support depends on the type of attendee and available funding. Attendees from around the world, particularly India, are encouraged to apply.
Support for SIGCOMM 2010 has been provided from the following organizations:
- NSF will continue the tradition of sponsoring a number of US-based
graduate students. Support will also extend to a limited
number of US-based postdoctoral scholars.
- Euro-NF funding is available for students studying in Euro-NF partner institutions. To qualify, a student must be a member of the Euro-NF team in a
participating university and/or research center at the time of application.
- 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.
- We are working on government support specifically for Indian students and researchers to attend Sigcomm. This includes PhD students, faculty and researchers at all universities in India.
- The Sigcomm Executive Committee and various corporate sponsors have provided additional support to increase support for attendees across all categories.
In addition, a portion of the corporate sponsorship pool will be set aside to provide additional travel support.
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 2010. The only travel expenses
that can be reimbursed are: air travel, hotel, and conference registration.
- The exact number of awards will depend on the availability of funds
and will be determined as funding amounts are finalized.
The following criteria will be used in the selection process:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 possible.
- We also encourage participation of women and
under-represented minorities. Special attention will be given to
applicants from minority-serving institutions.
- 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
|Submission deadline for all programs||June 12, 2010 (11:59pm PDT) |June 5, 2010
|Award notification||July 2, 2010 |June 29, 2010
|Deadline to accept/decline the award||July 6, 2010|
Where and How to Apply
All application materials (applicant's info, CV and and letters) should be submitted electronically to the following website: http://nmsl.cs.ucsb.edu/sigcomm_2010_travel_grants/
The applicant should create an account in the submission system and upload:
- an up-to-date CV
- an application letter, and
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:
- an explicit identification of (a) the applicant's current country of study/work, (b) academic status (student, postdoc, or junior faculty member), and (c) whether the applicant qualifies for a Euro-NF or GeoDiversity travel grant (see above);
- whether the applicant plans to attend any of the workshops;
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;
- a brief summary of research interests and plans for future research; and
- why the conference attendance is important to the applicant's research
The supervisor's letter should be clearly divided in the following sections:
- the applicant's good standing in the institution;
- explain why the applicant would benefit from attending SIGCOMM as well as how he/she could contribute to the conference;
- explain the current funding status and why the applicant is in need of the travel grant.
Supervisor letters may either be uploaded directly to the site by the applicant (preferred) or may be emailed (PDF only!) to
Questions and email communication should be addressed to the Travel
Grants Co-Chairs. Indian applicants should contact Huzur Saran at firstname.lastname@example.org. All others should contact Kevin Almeroth at email@example.com.
All grants will be handled via reimbursement
by check. The NSF-sponsored awards will be reimbursed through a grant
The EuroNF-sponsored awards will be handled as supplements to
existing EuroNF grants. Travel grants of students from Delhi and
post-docs will be reimbursed through grants awarded by the Delhi
Awards from ACM SIGCOMM and industrial sponsors will be handled through
For any expense that is covered, a receipt is required. An expense
report form and other required forms will have to be turned in after
the conference. The reimbursement will be sent as check via mail
after the documents are received. The details will be
announced to the award recipients.