Student Travel Awards

NSF Travel Grants for US-based Graduate and Undergraduate Students

As part of NSF's commitment to maintain United States' research competitiveness in important areas of Science and Technology, the organizers of ACM SIGSPATIAL 2017 are pleased to announce the 2017 NSF Student Travel Grants to encourage more computer science students both at the graduate and undergraduate levels to attend and participate in the ACM SIGSPATIAL 2017 Conference. Each travel award will cover up to $1,000 USD towards conference-travel related costs. We especially encourage minority and female computer science PhD students to apply. In addition, special consideration will be given to undergraduate students actively participating in research.

Ordnance Survey - International Student Travel Grants

The Ordnance Survey (UK) is providing two awards to help support the travel expenses of international students. The Ordnance Survey - International Student Travel Grants will pay $500 USD towards conference related travel costs for two students.

SIGSPATIAL Travel Grants for International Students

The conference organizers are also making SIGSPATIAL funds available to help support the travel expenses of international students. The SIGSPATIAL Travel Grants for International Students will pay $500 USD towards conference related travel costs.

Selection Criteria

  • The applicant must be a student enrolled at a US University for the NSF Travel Grants or an International University for the Ordnance Survey - International Student Travel Grants and SIGSPATIAL Travel Grants and pursuing a PhD degree or be a research-active M.S. or undergraduate student in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or technical field related to conference topics.
  • Priority will be given to students authors with accepted papers at ACM SIGSPATIAL 2017.
  • The recipients must register and attend the full conference.
  • The funding will be used for student travel-related support only.


  • Erik Hoel, ESRI, USA (Chair)
  • Shawn Newsam, University of California, Merced
  • Mohamed Ali, University of Washington, Tacoma

Application Process

The application involves two steps.

First, complete the information in the online Google form:

Second, send an email to with a single PDF document containing:

  • your CV or resume (containing your full name and e-mail address, current address and contact phone number, and current GPA in your course-work).
  • a 1-paragraph statement (no more than 250 words) on how you will be participating in the conference and why attending it is important to your research, work, and/or future career.
  • a budget outlining your estimated expenses to attend the conference. The budget can include (1) student early registration for the conference of $250, (2) lowest cost roundtrip airfare (for NSF grants it must be on a US carrier), (3) a (shared) room at the conference site for Monday through Thursday nights (up to $400). We cannot cover any meal expenses (the conference will provide breakfast and several dinners). You must provide receipts for all expenses. We will help students find roommates to share rooms. You can be reimbursed for driving instead of flying at a rate of 53.5 cents per mile if the cost is less than flying (you must provide documentation for reimbursement). Please indicate what other sources of funding, if any, you have to attend the conference.
  • a letter of nomination from the sponsoring faculty member that specifies how much, if anything, your advisor can provide in terms of travel support.

Service Requirement

Please note that we ask all grant recipients to volunteer for four hours at the registration desk sometime during the week. You get to pick your time slots, so you will not be forced to miss anything you want to attend.


Application Submission: Monday, October 2nd, 2017
Decisions/Notifications: Monday, October 9th, 2017
Acceptance by the recipient: Thursday, October 12th, 2017
(conference registration must be completed)


The winners will be notified by email and their names will be published on the conference webpage.