Who Should Apply:
The goal of the travel grant program is to encourage participation in the ACM SIGCOMM conference by students that would normally find it difficult to attend. Applications are accepted from students at degree granting institutions throughout the world. The commitee thanks Nokia Corporation and SIGCOMM for funding this program for all students. In addition, SIGCOMM anticipates receiving some travel grant funding from the US National Science Foundation to help support US students.

The committee strongly prefers to give grants to students who are not paper authors, though such students are welcome to apply. Other criteria will include evidence of a serious interest in networking, as demonstrated by coursework and project experience. ACM SIGCOMM encourages participation of women and under-represented minorities.

What is Covered:
The amount of support provided to each student is intended to cover the student's travel (economy airfare), food and lodging for four nights. The breakdown of costs will differ based on the locations of the students.

Who Decides:
The recipients of the travel grants will be decided by a committee including

  • Brian Neil Levine, chair, U. Massachusetts Amherst, USA
  • Roch Guerin, U. Pennsylvania, USA
  • Luigi Rizzo, Universit di Pisa, Italy
  • Clay Shields, Purdue University, USA
  • Ellen Zegura, Georgia Tech, USA

How to Apply:
An application for a travel grant will consist of a letter from the student and a recommendation letter from the student's advisor. The letter from the student should

  • indicate why the student believes he or she would benefit from attending the ACM SIGCOMM 2000 conference,
  • contain a brief summary of research interests and accomplishments to date,
  • describe of areas reflected in the SIGCOMM 2000 program that would impact the student's research,
  • have the student's vita attached.
In addition, the student's advisor should send a letter of recommendation to the committee,
  • confirming that the student is a Ph.D. candidate in good standing,
  • indicating why the advisor believes the student would benefit from attending the conference,
  • giving the advisor's opinion about the strengths and potential contributions of the student.
Send application and recommendation letters by e-mail to Brian Levine in ASCII, PostScript or PDF format. Use the same e-mail address also for questions on the ACM SIGCOMM travel grant program.

Important Dates:
A deadline of June 22, 2000 has been set for the receipt of applications, both for the letter of the student and of the advisor. The targeted notification date is July 6, 2000. Recipients will be required to accept the grant by July 17, 2000, so that alternates can be notified in the event that a recipient declines. The early notification will assist in finding cheaper airline tickets.