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 2013 are pleased to announce the 2013 ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 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 GIS 2013 Conference. Each travel award will cover up to $1000 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.

Google Travel Grants for International Students

Google has awarded funds to ACM SIGSPATIAL 2013 to help support the travel expenses of international students. These awards will pay $500 USD towards conference related travel costs. Due to limited funds for this program, we will only consider undergraduates and female students for these awards.

Selection Criteria

  • The applicant must be a student enrolled at a US University for the NSF Travel Grants or an International University for the Google 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 GIS 2013.
  • The recipients must register and attend the full conference.
  • The funding will be used for student travel-related support only.


  • Craig Knoblock, University of Southern California (chair)
  • Marcus Schneider, University of Florida
  • Shawn Newsam, University of California at Merced

Application Process

To apply, graduate and undergraduate students must send an email to with a single PDF document with:

  • your CV or resume (containing your full name and e-mail address, current address and contact phone number, and current GPA in the course-work).
  • 1-paragraph statement (no more than 250 words) 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 at $75 per night for Monday through Thursday nights (up to $300), and ground transportation in Orlando on a shuttle service at $25 each way. We cannot cover any meal expenses, although the conference will provide breakfast and several dinners. You must provide receipts for all expenses. We will help students find roommates to share rooms. And you can get reimbursed for driving instead of flying at a rate of 56.5 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:Sunday, September 1st, 2013
Decisions/Notifications:Monday, September 16th, 2013
Acceptance by the recipient:Monday, September 30th, 2013
(conference registration must be completed)


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