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-$1000 depending on the quality of the paper/conference and there is a limit of one grant per paper. The program is currently sponsored by the Corporate partners program of the Department of Computer Science. This fund is limited and and therefore it is expected that students pursue all other available funding opportunities too.


  1. The work must have been performed while a member of the Department of Computer Science.
  2. The student must be the presenter of the paper.
  3. The student must be a degree seeking graduate student in the Department of Computer Science.
  4. The student's academic advisor must not have funds to support the travel (confirmed by the CS Business Office and the advisor).
  5. It must be the case that no other student from the Department of Computer Science is funded to go to the conference because of the same paper.

Evaluation Process

The number of the grants issued depends on the availability of the funds.
Evaluation criteria
  1. Quality of the conference
  2. Quality of the paper
  3. Conference acceptance rate
  4. Student's record
Note: There is no consideration of domestic versus international conferences.
Evaluation steps
  1. 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.
  2. The committee's decision will be passed to the Department Head for final approval.

Application Process

Each application needs to include the following items:
  1. Completed Application Form
  2. A nomination letter from the advisor stating:
    1. Why he/she cannot fund the trip with his/her research grants or unrestricted gift funds
    2. Who will pay the remaining amount of the total travel cost
  3. Call for participation for the conference that includes the members of the program committee
  4. Acceptance letter from the program chair with paper reviews
  5. The paper itself
  6. Applicant's vita or resume
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 or for any questions, please e-mail the GSB Travel Grant Coordinator for other arrangements.

Deadline and Notification

This program has an open deadline.

However, applications should preferably be received within three weeks of the paper's acceptance and definitely 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 (see officers page).

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.

Other sources of funding

The following organizations offer travel grants:
  1. Purdue Graduate Student Government (PGSG) offers travel grants each semester.
  2. A number of conferences offer student travel grants and give preference to authors of accepted papers.
  3. For security-related research, Center for Education in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) offers student travel support.
  4. The Women in Science Program (WISP).
  5. Fellowships might have funds for student travel.
  6. More organizations that offer travel grants can be found HERE.

Past Recipients

Mohamed Saber Abde Hassan
Paper Title: GRFusion: Graphs as First-Class Citizens in Main-Memory Relational Database Systems
Conference: International Conference on Special Interest Group on Management Of Data (SIGMOD’18)

Amgad Madkour
Paper Title: SPARTI: Scalable RDF Data Management Using Query-Centric Semantic Partitioning
Venue: International Workshop on Semantic Big Data 2018 (SBD’18)

Samson Zhou
Paper Title: Periodicity in Data Streams with Wildcards
Conference: The 13th International Computer Science Symposium in Russia (CSR’18)

I-Ta Lee
Paper Title: FEEL: Featured Event Embedding Learning
Conference: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence 2018 (AAAI’17)

Yongyang Yu
Paper Title: In-memory Distributed Matrix Computation Processing and Optimization
Conference: 2017 IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE’17)

Fall 2008

J. C. Chin
Paper Title: Accurate Localization of Low-level Radioactive Source Under Noise and Measurement Errors
Conference: The 6th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys08)

Fall 2007

Barry Wittman
Paper Title: Approximation Algorithms for the Traveling Repairman and Speeding Deliveryman Problems with Unit-Time Windows
Conference: 10th Intl. Workshop on Approximation Algorithms for Combinatorial Optimization Problems (APPROX 2007)
J. C. Chin
Paper Title: On Intelligent Mobile Target Detection in a Mobile Sensor Network
Conference: The Fourth IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS 2007)

Spring 2007

Fijoy Vadakkumpadan
Paper Title: EMBRIOSS: Electromagnetic Brain Imaging by Optimization in Spectral Space
Conference: IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: From Nano to Macro (ISBI 2007)

Fall 2006

Qiqi "Denny" Wong
Paper Title: GPU-Based Visualization Techniques for 3D Microscopic Imaging Data
Paper Title: GICEB: Automatic Segmentation Algorithm for Biomedical Images
Conference: Computational Imaging Symposium of SPIE and IS&T Electronic Imaging Conference

Maleq Khan
Paper Title: A Fast Distributed Approximation Algorithm for Minimum Spanning Trees
Conference: 20th International Symposium on Distributed Computing (DISC 2006)

Fall 2005

Fijoy Vadakkumpadan
Paper Title: POSS: Efficient Non-linear Optimization for Parameterization Methods
Conference: Vision Geometry XIV, SPIE and IS&T Electronic Imaging

Jorge Ramos
Paper Title: Feature-Based Generators for Time Series Data
Conference: Winter Simulation Conference