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Student Travel Grant

MobiSys 2018 is pleased to provide student travel grants to broaden the participation in the main conference and co-located events (Workshops, Ph.D. Forum, Poster/Demo sessions, etc.). Funds for these travel grants are provided by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and ACM SIGMOBILE. While the NSF grants are available only for full-time undergraduate and graduate students attending US colleges and universities (not necessarily US citizens or permanent residents), the ACM SIGMOBILE grants are available for International/US full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Priority will be given to students who will benefit from attending the MobiSys main conference and its co-located events, but are unlikely to attend due to the unavailability of travel funding. Underrepresented minorities and female students, as well as first-time attendees that do not have a paper at the conference, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications for the Student Travel Grant should be sent electronically as a single PDF attachment to the Mobisys 2018 Student Travel Grant Chairs, at mobisys18stg@googlegroups.com, by April 30, 2018. The subject line of the email should be MobiSys 2018 Student Travel Grant [US] if applicants are from US institutions. The subject line of the email should be MobiSys 2018 Student Travel Grant [International] if applicants are from institutions outside US. A complete application should consist of the student's CV, a short personal statement (maximum one page), and a supporting letter from the student's advisor. The supporting letter can be merged with the student application in the same pdf file (preferred option) or sent as a separate pdf file by the student’s advisor to the Student Travel Grant Chairs, at mobisys18stg@googlegroups.com.

The student's short personal statement (maximum one page) should include:
  1. The title of his/her accepted MobiSys work (conference/workshop paper, poster/demo, PhD forum) - if the student is an author.
  2. A brief summary of research interests and accomplishments to date.
  3. A description of areas reflected in the MobiSys 2018 program that would affect the student's research.
  4. Importance of attending the conference to the student's research activities.
  5. An estimate of the following costs of attending MobiSys 2018: airfare, hotel, and conference registration. It is anticipated that travel grants will partially cover these attendance costs.
The supporting letter from the student’s advisor should include:
  1. Confirmation that the student is in good standing. Note: We will accept applications from Ph.D., Masters, and undergraduate students working on relevant research problems.
  2. The suitability of MobiSys 2018 program to the student's research area.
  3. Ways in which attending the conference would benefit the particular student.
  4. The strengths and potential contributions of the student.
  5. A statement of financial commitment to pay the remainder of the student applicant’s travel cost not covered by the grant.

The MobiSys 2018 Student Travel grant committee will review applications, and the awards will be announced by May 7, 2018. The reimbursement amount will be capped at $1500 per student; student advisors are expected to cover the remainder of the travel cost. Items the travel grant can cover include conference registration fee, hotel expenses, and air tickets (recipients of NSF travel awards must use US flag carriers). Note that, by accepting the travel grants, students are committing to submit a summary of the experiences and outcomes of attending the conference.

For any questions, please contact the MobiSys 2018 Student Travel Grant Chairs, at mobisys18stg@googlegroups.com.

Important Dates

April 30th, 2018 - Complete Application Deadline
May 7th, 2018 - Award Notification
June 10th – 15th, 2018 - MobiSys 2018 Conference