NSF Student Travel Grant

Thanks to the generous support of the U.S. National Science Foundation, IEEE Cloud Summit is pleased to offer travel grants (pending NSF approval) to students. This travel grant provides opportunities for students who would not otherwise have resources to attend the conference to engage in technical, professional, educational, and social exchanges that Cloud Summit fosters. The travel grant provides up to $1500 to each awardee to partially cover costs such as registration fee, lodging, and airfare. The awardees will pay for the expenses ahead of time and get reimbursed after the conference. The travel grant selection committee reserves the right to award a different amount than what is requested based on the availability of funds.



How to Apply 


We encourage applications from U.S.-based students (with campuses in the US) and applications from under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged. All application materials (applicant’s info, CV, and letters) should be submitted electronically via google form (we will provide a google form later).



An application for a travel grant will consist of:

    - A letter (up to 1 page) from the student outlining the rationale,

    - An up-to-date CV (up to 4 pages),

    - A recommendation letter (up to 1 page) from the student’s advisor or faculty mentor.

All materials should be compiled into a single PDF for uploading through the link.


The letter from the student should describe why they believe they would benefit from attending the IEEE Cloud Summit conference, describe areas reflected in the conference program that would impact the student’s research, and indicate whether they have attended the conference in the past.


The recommendation letter from the student’s advisor should indicate why the advisor believes the student would benefit from attending the conference and give the advisor’s opinion about the strengths and potential research contributions of the student. The advisor should also explain the need for funding, and explicitly commit in their letter to covering their students’ remaining travel costs beyond the travel grant.


The awardees are required to submit their expenses after the conference for expense reimbursement.



Selection Criteria


Recipients of the travel grants will be chosen by the Student Travel Grant Selection Committee, which will be composed of a subset of the conference organizing committee. Selection criteria will include evidence of a serious interest in conference-related topics, as demonstrated by coursework and/or project experience; the strength of the advisor’s letter; and regional, institutional, and demographic diversity. We will give priority to students whose receipt of a travel grant will enable the attendance of conference that otherwise will not be possible.



Important Dates


Application deadline: August 30, 2022

Decision notification: September 21, 2022

For any questions, please contact us via cloudsummit@ieee.org