Travel Award


Application Due: October 8, 2017

Notification of Awards: October 15, 2017 October 22, 2017

The ACM/IEEE BDCAT 2017 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the availability of student travel grants sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF) to support student attendance at the BDCAT conference. Students may also wish to refer to the separately available UCC 2017 student travel award program on the UCC 2017 site.

Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify, one of the following two criteria must be met:

  1. The student is a full-time graduate student at an accredited U.S. institution. (U.S. citizenship is not required.)
  2. The student is a full-time graduate student at an international institution, and will use the funds to cover their air fare, which is with a US carrier, or code shared with a US carrier.

As per NSF regulations, US-based students will be given priority in the award review and selection process. US-based students may use the funds to cover their air, lodging, and/or registration cost. However, students with an international institution can only use the funds to cover their air fare with a US carrier. Student recipients will be reimbursed (based on valid receipts) after the conference. Reimbursement will be available only for one or the other of the UCC or BDCAT award programs, but applications may be submitted to both.

Application Procedure:
An application for a student travel grant will consist of the following documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

A request letter from the student (see below).
The student’s Curriculum Vitae.
A recommendation letter from the student’s graduate advisor.

The letter from the student should be at most one page, and include the following information:

1. Whether the student has an authored paper being accepted by BDCAT 2017 and the paper title (if available). Students with papers accepted by the conference will be given higher priority.
2. A brief summary of research interests.
3. Whether and when the student has received US NSF travel grants before.

The advisor’s recommendation letter for the student should include:

1. Confirmation that student is a full-time Ph.D. or M.S. candidate at the given institution.
2. The suitability of the BDCAT 2017 program material to the student’s research area.
3. The advisor’s commitment to covering the student’s travel cost in excess of the travel grant.

Applicants should create their application as a single PDF file, following the format described above, and submit this by email to the following address. (Replace (at) with @ in the email address shown.)

student-travel-awards (at)