NSF Student Travel Awards

Thanks to the generous support from the National Science Foundation, we will provide scholarship awards to selected US-based students attending the WSDM 2023 conference.

For awardees attending in-person, the grant will cover the cost of registration + some travel expenses. For awardees attending virtually, the grant will cover the cost of registration. The awards will be competitive in the sense that not every student will receive a Travel Award.

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


Applicants need to be a full-time student (undergraduate or graduate) at a US-based academic institution. Applicants also need to be a SIGIR, SIGKDD, SIGMOD, or SIGWEB member at the time of applying to this award (to become a member of ACM SIGs, you don’t need to be a member of the ACM — as an example, students can join SIGMOD for $10).

Applicants do not need to have an accepted paper to be eligible. The selection will be made based on the following criteria:

  • Students selected to present at the doctoral symposium will be given priority.

  • Students from under-represented groups will be given priority.

  • PhD students actively pursuing research and close to degree completion with papers accepted in the main conference or workshops will be given priority.

  • Finally, junior PhD students and MS students with papers accepted in the main conference or workshops will be given priority.

Application Procedure

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.

  • SIG membership data

  • 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.

  • (Optional) demographic data for reporting purposes: Gender, Ethnic background

To apply for a grant, the student must submit the necessary materials through the website no later than December 8, 2022 February 3, 2023 (AoE).