Student Travel Grant

Student Travel Grant
IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security
Florence, Italy
September 28 ~30, 2015
IEEE CNS 2015, along with NSF, ARO, IEEE, and other sponsors, would like to encourage student participation at the conference. With the support of NSF and ARO, CNS 2015 will be able to partially support the travel, accommodation, and registration costs of student registrants who might otherwise be unable to attend the conference.

All eligible applications will be considered, especially female and under-represented minority students. We also encourage those who do not have a paper in the conference, but wish to attend, to submit a travel grant application. We anticipate funding approximately 20-25 students at a rate of $800-$1,000 per student. The number and amount of awards will be determined based on the available funding and the applications received.
Type of Grants
The IEEE CNS 2015 conference is pleased to announce the availability of the following types of student travel grants:
A.   Travel grants sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society.
B.   NSF and ARO travel grant opportunity for US-based students.
Eligibility Requirements
Following the application guidelines below, a student may apply to one or both categories for which he/she is eligible. The eligibility criteria for each category are:
A.   These student travel grants are sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society. Applications are invited from qualified full-time graduate students. To qualify, a student must (i) be a valid Student Member of the COMSOC at the time of application; (ii) be a full-time student registered toward a Bachelors, Masters, or Ph.D. degree in engineering or related field in a college or university when submitting the application; (iii) applicant may not receive more than one IEEE ComSoc STG in any 12-month period.
B.   These student travel grants are sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation and Army Research Office. To qualify, a student must be a graduate student studying in an accredited U.S. institution at the time of attending CNS 2015. Student recipients must submit valid receipts for reimbursement after the conference. Only airfare on a US-based carrier will be reimbursed by this type of support!

Application Materials 
Applicants should create their application as a single PDF file, following the format described below. Direct links to the submission pages of both types of grants are:
An application for a student travel grant will consist of:
  • A request letter from the student (see below).
  • The student's CV.
  • A supporting letter from the student's graduate advisor.
  • Expected Expenses (broken down as registration, travel, and lodging). It is anticipated that travel grants will partially cover these overall costs.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The request letter from the student should include the following information:
  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Address
  • Type of student (PhD, MS, undergraduate, etc.)
  • A clear indication of the type(s) of travel grant the student is applying for (A and/or B)
  • Number of years that the applicant have been a student in the current program, and expected date of completion
  • Name and email address of advisor
  • Title and Authors of paper presenting at CNS 2015 conference, if applicable.
  • A short statement (maximum 250 words) describing briefly why the student wants to attend CNS 2015.
The advisor's recommendation letter for the student should include:
  • Confirmation that student is a full-time Ph.D. or M.S. candidate in good academic standing at the given institution.
  • Explain how this particular student would benefit from attendance at the conference.
  • The strengths and potential contributions of the student.
If an advisor prefers to submit the recommendation letter separately, please ask him/her to email it (pdf file) to the Student Travel Grant Chairs Walid Saad ( and Yingying Chen ( by August 25, 2015.

Deadlines and Dates
Application due August 25, 2015 August 31, 2015 (Extended to September 16, 2015 for US-based students ONLY).
Award decisions made to the applicants: August 31st, 2015 September 6, 2015 (Extended to September 18, 2015 for US-based students ONLY).

Student travel grant awardees are required to provide taxpayer information (e.g., SSNs in the US) if applicable.

If you have a question, please contact the Student Travel Grant Chairs, Walid Saad ( and Yingying Chen (