Applications, Technologies, Architectures, and Protocols for Computer Communication
Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France
14 to 18 September 1997


ACM SIGCOMM, with the support of INRIA is pleased to announce that they will be making several grants to Ph.D. students to attend ACM SIGCOMM '97 in Cannes (France).

The purpose of the program is to encourage student participation in the conference by providing a travel grant to help students who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference. In each of the past three years, the program has funded approximately ten students out of a pool of thirty to forty applications.

How To Apply

Applications and supporting letters for a student travel grant should be emailed to the grant committee co-chairs by July 1st, 1997. Awards will be announced by July 21.

For the USA, applications must be addressed to Ellen Zegura (Georgia Institute of Technology) For Europe, you should address your request to Serge Fdida (MASI) Otherwise, send your request to both.

An application for a travel award will consist of the student's vita, a letter from the student and a letter from the student's advisor. Details on the application process can be found on the SIGCOMM'97 web page (, or by sending email to one of the travel program co-chairs, Serge Fdida ( or Ellen Zegura ( The letter from the student indicates why the student believes he or she would benefit from attending ACM SIGCOMM. The student's letter should include

In addition, the student's advisor should send a letter of recommendation to the committee, indicating why the advisor believes the student would benefit from attending the conference and confirming that the student is a Ph.D. candidate in good standing. This letter should include (1) the advisor's view on the suitability of the SIGCOMM program material to the student's research area; (2) ways this particular student would benefit from attendance at the conference; and (3) the advisor's opinion about the strengths and potential contributions of the student.

A goal of the travel grant program is to encourage participation in the SIGCOMM conference by students that would normally find it difficult to attend.

While student authors of papers to be presented at SIGCOMM may apply, the committee strongly prefers to give grants to students who are not paper authors. (The committee believes it is the responsibility of the student's faculty advisor to provide travel funding to present a paper).

What the Grant Covers

Each grant will be a fixed maximum amount to be reimbursed. The sum is intended to be sufficient to cover the student's travel (train or economy minimum airfare), food and lodging for three nights, and student registration fee for the conference (but not conference tutorials). It is the student's responsibility or the student organization for expenses in excess of the grant amount. ACM SIGCOMM will only reimburse up to the fixed sum. We propose 500USD for students from Europe and, 1000 for others (Asia, America, Africa).

Partial travel grants may be made.

Grant Committee

Applications will be evaluated by a grant committee of Ellen Zegura (USA co-chair; Georgia Institute of Technology) and Serge Fdida (Europe co-chair; MASI).

Committee members will not be involved in the evaluation of students from their own institution.