Travel Support

NSF, IBM, and Microsoft Travel Support - Application Deadline Extended to Tuesday, November 29, 2011!
NII Travel Support

NSF, IBM, and Microsoft Travel Support: US Students

The United States National Science Foundation, IBM, and Microsoft have provided funding to support student travel grants. The nominal award is $1000 toward travel expenses to Kyoto, Japan for SODA12, or ALENEX12 or ANALCO12. In special cases of large travel costs somewhat larger grants may be given.

Any full-time student in good standing who is affiliated with a United States institution is eligible to receive an award. All awardees are responsible for paying for meeting registration fees. However, registration fees may be included in travel expenses.

Top priority will be given to students presenting papers at the meeting, with second priority to students who are co-authors of papers. Ties will be broken in favor of students who have not attended a prior SODA.


To be considered, an application must include:

  1. A statement requesting the travel award and providing the rationale for the request and explaining your interest in attending the conference. If you are presenting or are co-author of a paper at the conference, include the title of your paper and the name(s) and affiliation(s) of your co-authors.  Include a summary of expected expenses and the sources and amounts of other travel support.

  2. A current curriculum vitae (CV) that includes your contact information, the expected date (month/year) of the award of your PhD, the institution awarding your PhD, and your advisor's name, and other relevant information including recent publications. In addition, you may provide a URL for a working Web page that expands on the information in your CV.

  3. The name and email address of your advisor who should be asked to provide a letter of support for your application and any special circumstances. We will send a separate e-mail requesting the letter from your advisor. The e-mail will include instructions on how to submit the letter. You will not be able to directly upload the letter of support as part of the application process.


To submit an application for travel support to the meeting go to, and follow the instructions.  Attach all documents in pdf format.

Note to properly answer the question about type of talk, proceed as follows:
If you are speaking in a session, check “Speaker in Contributed Session”. If you are a co-author, but not speaking, check “Other Presentation”, otherwise check “Not Presenting”


Complete applications, including the letter of support from a student’s advisor must be submitted by 5:00 PM (EST) Tuesday, November 22, 2011 November 29, 2011. Thus, students should complete and submit their materials in time for their advisors to submit their letter of support.

Winners will be selected by the SODA Steering Committee and will be notified by December 10, 2011.

Reimbursement of Expenses

Expenses up to the nominal $1000 limit or, in case the committee awards additional funds, the limit specified in the award notice will be reimbursed after the submission of a summary of expenses together with relevant receipts. Details and the needed forms will be available for reimbursement will accompany the award announcement.

NII Travel Support

Support for all other applicants, including graduate students affiliated with non-US institutions, postdocs, and other researchers with funds provided by The National Institute for Informatics, Japan.

The amount for each person is flexible, and each recipient will be awarded cash during the conference. Applicants will need to supply a CV.

Application and Submission
To apply, contact Ken-ichi Kawarabayashi [[email protected]]. Applicants will need to supply a CV.

The submission deadine is November 22, 2011. To apply, contact Ken-ichi Kawarabayashi [[email protected]].


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