ACM SIGCOMM 2011 Travel Grants
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. We have obtained or are working towards obtaining
travel support from several different government and corporate
organizations as well as accumulated ACM Sigcomm funds. Through this
support, we expect to 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.
For example, 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) and graduate students from
under-represented countries and are awarded based on need, distance to
the conference venue, and impact of their attendance in increasing the
diversity of conference participation.
NSF funds will be limited to US-based
graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. A portion of our funds
particularly targets students that are female and/or from developing or
under-developed countries. We encourage attendees from around the world,
especially women and under-represented minorites, to apply.
Please consider the following important information before applying:
- The application process is the same for all types of attendees and funding sources 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 2011. 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 we expect
the participation costs for a presenting author to be covered by their
- Nevertheless, students presenting posters are strongly encouraged
to apply. 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
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 or an
undergraduate who presents work with a past affiliation or without
affiliation and thus is supported neither by their past nor by their
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.
|Submission deadline for all programs|May 26, 2011 June 6, 2011 (11:59pm PDT)
|Award notification|June 20, 2011 June 27, 2011
|Deadline to accept/decline the award|June 27, 2011 July 4, 2011
Where and How to Apply
All application materials (applicant's info, CV and and letters) should be submitted electronically to the following website: http://fig.cs.umass.edu/sigcomm11_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 or work, (b) academic status (student, postdoc, or junior faculty member), and (c) whether the applicant qualifies for a 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 into the applicant's account
(preferred) or may be emailed (PDF only!) to email@example.com. 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.
Questions and email communication should be addressed to the Travel Grants Co-Chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All grants will be handled via reimbursement by check. NSF-sponsored
awards will be reimbursed by ACM through a grant at UMass Amherst.
Detailed instructions for submitting reimbursement claims for these as
well as other awards will be announced to award recipients. 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