Student Travel Grants

The purpose of the program is to encourage graduate student participation at the conference by partially or fully funding the travel costs of students who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Who should apply?

Applications are accepted from students at degree granting institutions throughout the world. The committee strongly prefers to give grants to students who are not paper authors (the committee believes that the advisor or 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 coursework and project experience. In most cases, no more than one student 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 student is intended to cover the student's travel (economy airfare), registration, lodging at the conference hotel (four nights based on double occupancy), food, and local transportation. The breakdown of costs will differ based on the location of the recipient and is not expected to exceed $1000 for U.S. based students and $1600 for students from outside the U.S.

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 the student travel committee:

Subhabrata Sen, ChairAT&T Labs-Research
Jasleen KaurUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Daniel KofmanEcole Nationale Superieure de Telecommunications, Paris
Zhuoqing Morley MaoUniversity of Michigan
Patrick Drew McDanielPenn State University
Tilman WolfUniversity of Massachusetts at Amherst

The committee would like to acknowledge Dr. Gwendal Le Grand for his help in evaluating the record number of applications we received this year.

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 their affiliation and any other personal information the student feels is relevant to support their case.
  • Indicate specifically any items regarding this year's conference (e.g., paper topics) that would favor their receipt of the grant over other applicants.
  • Include a brief summary of research interests and accomplishments to date, contain a description of areas reflected in the SIGCOMM 2005 program that would impact the student's research.
  • Include a short (1/2 page) vita, containing relevant coursework and grades.
  • Include their estimated expenses in U.S. dollars for attending the conference (total, and breakdown by conference registration, travel, lodging, and meals). When computing your estimated budget, please use $350 as the figure for student early registration.

In addition, the student's advisor should send a letter of recommendation to the committee. This letter should:

  • Confirm that the student is a Ph.D. candidate in good standing;
  • Indicate why the student would benefit from attending the conference;
  • Elaborate on the strengths and potential contributions of the student;
  • Indicate current funding status, or explain why the student is in need of a travel grant.

Send application and recommendation letters by e-mail to: in ASCII (highly preferable), or PDF format ONLY.

Important dates

Application submission deadlineMay 23, 2005, 17:00 EDT
Notification dateBecause of the very large number of applications received this year, the notifications to travel grant recipients will be staggered between June 15 and June 28

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