NSF Student Travel Grant

The 11th IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC 2019) is pleased to announce travel grants for US students to attend the conference and its co-located events to be held in Los Angeles, California, Dec 4-6, 2019. Funds for these travel grants are provided by NSF.

Travel Grant Application

Grants are available only for full-time students attending colleges and universities within the US. Women, undergraduates and underrepresented minority students are particularly encouraged to apply.

To apply for a travel grant, the student applicant should send the following material:

  1. The student's CV including the institution and location. Also please include the following information in the CV:
    • Specify if the institution is a minority serving institution.
    • IEEE student member, and any associated societies numbers, if you have any.
  2. An application letter which should include:
    • The title of the accepted VNC work (conference/workshop paper, poster or demo, finalist mobile app contest entry) - if the student is an author
    • Whether the student is a first-time attendee to VNC
    • If the student is not a first-time attendee to VNC, whether the student has received any travel grant in the past to attend VNC
    • A brief summary of the student's research interests and accomplishments to date
    • A description of areas reflected in the VNC program that would impact the student's research
    • A statement about why the conference attendance is important to the student
    • An estimate of the following costs of attending VNC 2019: airfare, hotel, and conference registration. It is anticipated that travel grants will partially cover these attendance costs - up to $1200 maximum.

A recommendation letter from the advisor of the student applicant is also required. The letter should provide the following:

  1. A confirmation that the student is a bona fide Ph.D. candidate or a M.S./B.S. student in good academic standing at the given institution.
  2. The impact of the VNC program material on the student’s research progress.
  3. Other benefits the students would derive from attending the conference.
  4. A description of the student applicant's strengths and potential contributions to the mobile computing and networking field.
  5. A statement of financial commitment to pay the remainder of the student applicant’s travel cost not covered by the grant.
The advisor's letter should be sent to directly via email to travel grant co-chair: Ashwin Ashok aashok@gsu.edu

Selection Criteria

Selection will be based on student merit qualifications (e.g., paper authorship) and financial need (e.g., travel distance/cost from home campus, the availability of grant funds, etc). Priority will be given to women, undergraduates, underrepresented minorities, and first-time attendees.

Travel Grant Application Submission Deadline:
October 27, 2019 (23:59 EST)
Travel Grant Award Notification:
October 30, 2019
Deadline to Accept/Decline Travel Grant Award:
November 3, 2019 (23:59 EST)

Grant Requirements and Restrictions

  • The full application package (by the student and the advisor) should be received on or before 23:59 EST, Oct 27th, 2019.
  • By accepting the travel grants students are committing to submit as summary of the experiences and outcomes of attending the conference.
  • Student travel grants are meant to partially cover the cost of attending and participating in VNC 2019. The only travel expenses that can be reimbursed are accommodation, advance conference registration, and airfare.
  • For NSF Grants: These grants are available only for full-time students attending US colleges and universities (not necessarily US citizens or permanent residents).
  • Recipients of NSF travel awards must use US flag carriers.

Apply for travel grant here: https://forms.gle/QmiiL4E3FGF55HTo8

Questions regarding the travel grant must be directed to the student travel grant chair:
Ashwin Ashok, Georgia State University, USA (aashok@gsu.edu)


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Student Travel Grant Sponsor

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