Student Travel Awards

Thanks to the generous support from the National Science Foundation, SIGMOD, Microsoft, and other sponsors, we will provide scholarship awards to selected students attending the SIGMOD/PODS conference. The scholarships will include financial support for traveling and conference registrations.

Each awardee will receive a stipend to partially cover the expense to attend the conference.

Awardees are expected to register to the main conference and will have to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

The travel award is possible due to generous sponsorships by NSF, SIGMOD, Microsoft, and other sponsors. We may pass on student winners’ contact information to corporate sponsors. Applicants will be asked whether they opt-in to this option.

Applicants need to be a full-time student (undergraduate or graduate). Applicants also need to be a SIGMOD member at the time of receiving this award (to become a member of SIGMOD, you don’t need to be a member of the ACM — students can join SIGMOD for $10).

Applicants are eligible to apply for the SIGMOD travel award even if they have submissions under consideration at other award granting events, such as the Undergraduate Research Program, the Programming Contest, or the PhD Symposium. However, an applicant cannot receive more than one travel award in total.

Applicants do not need to have an accepted paper to be eligible. However, students who are primary authors of an accepted paper in the main conference or the workshops are especially encouraged to apply. Junior students without papers accepted for publication at SIGMOD/PODS, but involved in research closely related to the topics of the conference are also encouraged to apply. Applications from female and minority students are especially encouraged.

Students whose advisor cannot provide financial support to attend the conference will be given priority.

Application Procedure
To apply for a grant, the student must submit the necessary materials through the website ( no later than March 25 (11:59pm PST), 2017. Students are encouraged to have the applications sent as soon as possible. Applications arriving after the deadline will not be considered. The notification date is April 5, 2017. Please submit the following materials (in a single PDF file) with your application:

  • Student’s full name and email address.
  • Name and address of student’s school.
  • Advisor’s full name and email address.
  • A one-page abstract from the student, summarizing a broad view of his/her research with motivation, problem description, approach, and progress; the abstract must be written in English and needs to comply with the two-column ACM proceedings format.
  • A 1-2 page CV of the student.

Important Dates

  • Application submission: March 25, 11:59pm PST, 2017
  • Application notification: April 5, 2017

We are looking forward to receiving your applications! A list of winners will be announced on the main SIGMOD website.


You may send your questions regarding the travel award application process to Badrish Chandramouli ( and Sudeepa Roy (


Travel Award Selection Committee

Badrish Chandramouli, Microsoft Research

Jennie Rogers, Northwestern University

Sudeepa Roy, Duke University