Type of Grants
The IEEE INFOCOM 2020 conference is pleased to continue its practice of offering travel grants to subsidize travel costs of students for attending the conference. The purpose of the grant is to help defray the travel, lodging costs, and conference registration. The grant assignment decisions will be made according to the eligibility criteria dictated by each type of grant. This year, IEEE INFOCOM 2020 will have the availability of two types of Student Travel Grants:
- Travel grants sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc).
- The US National Science Foundation (NSF) travel grant opportunity for US-based students only.
Following the application guidelines below, a student may apply to one or both types of the grants for which he/she is eligible. The eligibility criteria for each category are:
A. These student travel grants are sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society. Applications are invited from qualified full-time graduate students. To qualify, a student must (i) be a valid Student Member of the ComSoc at the time of application; (ii) be a full-time student registered toward a Bachelor, Master, or Ph.D. degree in engineering or related fields in a college or university when submitting the application; (iii) be an author who will present an accepted paper at INFOCOM 2020; (iv) applicant may not receive more than one IEEE ComSoc STG in any 12-month period.
B. These student travel grants are sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation (approval pending). To qualify, a student must be a full-time student at a US institution. Priorities will be given to first-time attendees, especially those who do not have papers accepted by INFOCOM 2020, and to students from under-represented groups (e.g., women, minorities and people with disabilities). Student recipients will be reimbursed (based on valid receipt) after the conference. In order to have their airfare to be reimbursed by this type of STG, students must book their flights from US-based carriers.
For the applicants of both types of grants, the following additional criteria have to be respected: (i) preference will be given to students who have registered for the main conference by March 31, 2020; (ii) the registration to the main conference by the awardee acceptance deadline, April 14, 2020, at a Full Registration rate or a Student Registration rate is mandatory; (iii) final award is contingent upon the recipient showing a proof of registration, by emailing the receipt of registration to the student travel grant chairs.
An application for a student travel grant will consist of the following documents, and incomplete applications will not be considered.
1. A request letter from the student (see below).
2. The student's Curriculum Vitae.
3. A recommendation letter from the student's graduate advisor.
4. An estimate of the following costs of attending INFOCOM: airfare, hotel, and conference registration. It is anticipated that travel grants will partially cover these overall costs.
The letter from the student should be at most one page, and include the following information:
1. The type(s) of student travel grant (A and/or B) that the student is applying for.
2. Whether the student is a first-time attendee and whether the student has an authored paper being accepted by INFOCOM 2020 and the paper title (if available)
3. Whether the student is from any under-represented groups (e.g., women, minorities and people with disabilities).
4. A brief summary of research interests and accomplishments to date; students should demonstrate a serious interest in networking, through their coursework and projects.
5. A description of areas reflected in the INFOCOM 2020 program that would impact the student’s research.
6. A statement about why the conference attendance is important to the student.
7. Whether and when the student has received US NSF and/or IEEE ComSoc travel grants before.
The advisor's recommendation letter for the student should include:
1. Confirmation that student is a bona fide full-time Ph.D. or M.S. candidate in good academic standing at the given institution.
2. The suitability of the INFOCOM 2020 program material to the student’s research area.
3. Ways this particular student would benefit from attendance at the conference.
4. The strengths and potential contributions of the student.
5. The advisor’s commitment to covering the student’s travel cost in excess of the travel grant.
Applicants should create their application as a single PDF file, following the format described above. For applicants of the student travel grants (for both type A and B), after login to EDAS, click on the “Travel Grants" tab, look for a conference called "INFOCOM 2020 Student Travel Grant", and then submit the application.
March 31, 2020 at 23:59 EST
Awardee Acceptance Deadline
We are actively discussing all possibilities, and will announce the results as soon as possible.
1. Should I merge my advisor's recommendation letter with my application together to submit to EDAS for type A and B STGs?
No. You will need to provide the email address of your advisor when you submit the application. Your advisor will then receive a separate email from EDAS to instruct him/her to submit the recommendation letter to EDAS.
2. Am I eligible to apply for the student travel grant being an author of a workshop paper/demo/poster?
You are welcome to apply, but please consider that your application will be given lower priority with respect to regular INFOCOM papers, so the probability of receiving an award is quite low.
If your question is not addressed in the FAQ section, please contact the Student Travel Grant Co-Chairs.