Latin America Junior Faculty Travel Grants

The purpose of the program is to encourage junior faculty from institutions in Latin American countries to participate in the ACM SIGCOMM annual conference by fully funding the costs to attend the conference for faculty who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Who Should Apply?

Applications are accepted from junior faculty at degree granting institutions in countries of Latin America and the Carribean. For the purpose of this grant, a junior faculty member is someone who has had at most five years of experience as a professor after their PHD. Time spent teaching as a graduate student or a post-doctoral position should not be accounted towards this 5 year limit.

The committee strongly prefers to give grants to faculty who are not paper authors (the committee believes that the university should cover costs from authors). Poster authors, however, are encouraged to apply. Other criteria will include evidence of a serious interest in networking, as demonstrated by project experience. In most cases, no more than one faculty will be funded from each school. ACM SIGCOMM encourages participation of women and under-represented minorities.

What is Covered?

The amount of support provided to each faculty member is intended to fully cover travel (economy airfare), registration for the conference, lodging at the conference hotel (four nights), meals, and local transportation. The breakdown of costs will differ based on the location of the recipient and is not expected to exceed $2500.

The travel award will be handled via reimbursement. 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 six to eight weeks after the documents are received. Details will be announced to the award recipients.

Who Decides?

The recipients of the travel grants will be decided by a committee comprised of:

  • Subhabrata Sen, Chair (AT&T Labs-Research)
  • Edmundo de Souza e Silva, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
  • Jasleen Kaur (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Zhuoqing Morley Mao (University of Michigan)
  • Patrick Drew McDaniel (Penn State University)
  • Tilman Wolf (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)

How to Apply?

An application for a travel grant will consist of an application letter from the faculty. The letter should include the following information:

  • indicate their affiliation and any other personal information the faculty feels is relevant to support their case.
  • indicate evidence that they meet the junior faculty member requirement as defined above.
  • include a short 1 page resume, and a brief summary of research interests and accomplishments to date (and how they relate to SIGCOMM)
  • include a description of areas reflected in the SIGCOMM 2005 program that would impact the faculty's research
  • include list of funding sources: indicate current funding status, and explain why the faculty is in need of a travel grant.
  • include estimate of their expenses to attend the conference (- provide total expense ad breakdowns by expenses for registration, travel, hotel and meals). The amounts should be expressed in US Dollars. When computing your estimated budget, members should use $525 as the figure for registration, and non-members should use $650.

Send application by e-mail to: in ASCII or PDF format ONLY. The document must be in English ONLY.

The application email SHOULD have the subject header: "Application: SIGCOMM Latin America Junior Faculty Travel Grants".

Important Dates

Application submission deadlineMay 30, 2005, 17:00 EDT
Notification dateJune 15, 2005
Acceptance confirmationJune 20, 2005

Recipients will be required to accept the grant by this date, so that alternates can be notified in the event that a recipient declines. The early notification will assist in finding cheaper airline tickets.

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