Travel and Childcare Grants

ALL GRANTS MOVED TO 2021

MMSys’20 will offer a large number of travel grants to the students who will be presenting their work at the conference as well as attendees from minority groups and less fortunate countries.

SIGMM Student Travel Grants Diversity Travel Grants Childcare Grants N2Women Fellowship

Please Note

To benefit the maximum number of awardees, any person is allowed to receive grant from only one category (except the childcare grant). If you qualify and apply for multiple categories, indicate them in your application.

Each accepted paper at MMSys’20 and the co-located workshops must be covered by a unique author registration to be included in the proceedings. A travel grant does not waive this requirement. Also note that the recipients of the following grants may be asked to assist the local organizers in the preparation, logistics and various supporting tasks of the conference.

SIGMM Student Travel Grants

Starting this year, SIGMM is centralizing SIGMM support for standard student travel. Any student member of SIGMM is eligible to apply, however, the students who are the first author of an accepted paper (in any track/workshop) are particularly encouraged to apply. The value of the grant depends on the travel distance as listed below:

  • $1500 for long-haul (Americas and Asia/Pacific)
  • $750 for short-haul (Europe and Middle East)
  • $300 for domestic (within Turkey)

Note that the grants can cover any travel expenses (airfare/shuttle, hotel, meals) but cannot be used to cover the registration fee. For more details on the ACM’s reimbursement process, see this.

Applicants must be a member of SIGMM (if not already, become a member here) and enrolled in a university at the time of the submission.

Application Procedure

The application must be submitted online from March 30th till April 30th. Applications will be reviewed in early May and the applicants will be notified in due time.

Diversity Travel Grants

MMSys’20 is deeply committed to providing an inclusive environment for exchanging ideas and networking. To achieve this goal, at MMSys’20 we are launching a new initiative to welcome researchers and practitioners from minority groups and less fortunate countries to join us in Istanbul by providing a number of travel grants.

Applicants should satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

  • Currently working in the multimedia field in any of the countries classified by the UN as Least Developed
  • Being a new talent: a PhD student (in the multimedia field) who has never published at MMSys before
  • Being a female researcher or practitioner working in the multimedia field

The grants can cover any travel expenses (airfare/shuttle, hotel, meals) but cannot be used to cover the registration fee. The award amounts will be determined on a case-by-case basis and depend on the number of applications. For more details on the ACM’s reimbursement process, see this.

Applicants must be a member of SIGMM (if not already, become a member here).

Application Procedure

The deadline is April 30th. Include the following information in your application:

  • The applicant’s full name, affiliation, postal address and email address
  • The applicant’s resume
  • Authored paper(s) at MMSys’20 (in any track/workshop), if any
  • A statement explaining the reasons for applying for the grant, including the expected benefits that the applicant will have from attending MMSys’20 (max one page

The documents above should be combined into a single PDF file in the order outlined above and the PDF should be emailed to 2020-diversity-chairs AT acmmmsys.org as an attachment. The email should have the subject: MMSys’20 Diversity Travel Grants.

Childcare Grants

MMSys’20 is proud to subsidize childcare. Grants of up to $500 per family are available for the conference attendees who are bringing small children to the conference or who incur extra expenses in leaving their children at home. Grants can be used against a variety of childcare options, including:

  • On-site childcare at the conference arranged by the parent, including placing kids in a shared care facility or paying for babysitting expenses
  • Travel costs for a companion who provides childcare, specifically for non-shared transportation costs such as airfare
  • Travel costs for children between the ages of two and twelve

The grants will be given as a reimbursement for expenses, and the parents are responsible for making their own arrangements for childcare. The approved amount could be lower than the requested amount depending on the number of applications.

Application Procedure

The deadline is April 30th. Include the following information in your application:

  • The applicant’s full name, affiliation, postal address and email address
  • The applicant’s parental responsibility and the amount requested
  • A short statement for justification
  • A brief description of how the applicant is participating in the conference. Examples include presenting a paper, participating in the program or organizing committee, etc. We do not foresee supporting childcare for the purpose of attending only.

The documents above should be combined into a single PDF file in the order outlined above and the PDF should be emailed to 2020-diversity-chairs AT acmmmsys.org as an attachment. The email should have the subject: MMSys’20 Childcare Grants.

NOTE: Children are not allowed in the session rooms. Children under the age of 18 are not permitted on the floor during setup or dismantling hours. During scheduled conference hours, exceptions are made when parents or guardians complete and sign a Minor Release Form, which will be available at the registration desk.

N2Women Fellowship

N2Women is pleased to announce the continuation of our N2Women Young Researcher Fellowship awards. N2Women considers you a young researcher if you are currently a student, working as a postdoc, or in the 1st or 2nd year of your new research career. These awards will partially cover a young researcher's travel cost (up to $1000) to a meeting where an N2Women event will be held. In exchange, the young researcher must help organize the N2Women meeting. The benefit of doing the organization, in addition to the travel funds, is for the young researcher to connect with the organizers of the conference who are, typically, leaders in the research field. We will arrange for a faculty or research member of N2Women to assist/mentor the young researcher in this task.

Support for the N2Women Young Researcher Fellowship for ACM MMSys’20 has been generously provided by ACM SIGMM.

To apply for a fellowship or for more information, visit http://committees.comsoc.org/n2women/ and click the Fellowships link. The deadline is April 30th.