Travel grants are provided through a joint effort of the Computer Science Graduate Student Board and the Department of Computer Science. The spirit of the GSB Travel Grant is intended to provide partial financial support for graduate students presenting their research at high-quality conferences when their academic advisor is unable to provide funding. Grants usually amount to $500, which can only be used for transportation, hotel, and conference admission. There is a limit of one grant per paper. The program is currently sponsored through the Corporate partners program of the Department of Computer Science. This fund is quite limited and is to be seen as a last resort, not as an alternative to other available travel money. It is expected that students pursue all available funding opportunities and are able to document the sources tried. These sources, for example, include:
The number of the grants issued depends on the availability of the funds. The evaluation process is based on the following (and possibly other) criteria:
Note: There is no consideration of domestic versus international conferences.
All applications will be evaluated by a committee consisting of two students and two faculty members. The faculty advisor of the GSB is the chair of the evaluation committee. The committee's decision will be passed to the Department Head for final approval.
Each applicant needs to submit the following items:
Submission: Please e-mail all materials (in PDF format) to the GSB Travel Grant Coordinator (see officers page). If you cannot e-mail all the materials, please e-mail the GSB Travel Grant Coordinator for other arrangements.
As of Summer 2007, this program has an open-deadline. However, applications should be received within two weeks of the paper's acceptance and before the actual travel.
You should be contacted within 3 days of submission by the GSB Travel Grant Coordinator confirming the receipt of the application. If not, please contact (him/her) via e-mail.
The applications should be evaluated during a period of about two weeks to four weeks, and all applicants will be notified at the end of that period. However, depending on the time of year or scheduling conflicts, the evaluation of an application may take longer.