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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

ICDM 2008 Travel Grants

ICDM 2008 Travel Grants

Thanks to the NSF (National Science Foundation), the Unesco Privacy Chair,
and IBM, ICDM 2008 is able to offer travel grants.

Below there is information on eligibility and application requirements for
each of these grants.

The required documentation should be sent by email, no later than October
24, 2008, to with subject line: ICDM 2008
student travel grant application in ASCII (highly preferable), or PDF
format. Late submissions, or documents in other formats will not be

What is covered
The maximum amount of support provided to each grantee is set by the
committee, and it is intended to partially cover the grantees lodging and
registration. Travel may or may not be partially covered depending on the
total availability of funds and the number of awards given.

The grantee should pay the registration fee and travel expenses in
advance, and then the Grant will reimburse some of these expenses (by
check or by bank transfer, depending on the grant).

See below for a description of the different travel grants that are

1. NSF Sponsored Student Travel Grants
The purpose of the NSF sponsored student travel grants is to encourage
graduate student participation at the conference by partially funding the
costs of students who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Applications for NSF sponsored grants are accepted only from students at
degree granting institutions throughout the USA.

The committee strongly prefers to give NSF grants to students who are not
paper authors. All students however are encouraged to apply. Other
criteria will include evidence of a serious interest in data mining
research, as demonstrated by coursework and project experience. ICDM
encourages participation of women and under-represented minorities, as
well as participation of students from under-represented institutions.

2. Unesco Privacy Chair Sponsored Travel Grants
The UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy (
offers economic support to offset some of the costs associated with
attending ICDM 2008 for participants coming from transition countries,
which are nations other than USA, Canada, Western Europe, New Zealand,
Australia, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. Preference is given to student
authors, and authors of accepted papers.

3. IBM Sponsored Student Travel Grants
Thanks to IBMs sponsorship ICDM is able to offer additional student
travel awards. All students are eligible to submit applications.

How to apply for a sponsored travel grant
A student will have to submit an application that includes:

(i) a cv, that shows the institution the applicant is studying/working at,
(ii) a letter by the applicant that includes the following:
a brief statement of the applicants research interest and current
accomplishments, and their future research plans, a description of how the
grant will help them with their research plans,
any information that the student feels relevant for supporting their
application, including title of the paper and names and affiliations of
the co-authors if the student is an author,
(iii) a recommendation letter from the students advisor supporting the
application, that:
confirms that the applicant was a student in good standing at the time the
paper was submited to ICDM,
describes how the applicant will benefit from attending ICDM, and
explains why the student is in need of the travel grant.

Non-student applicants should explicitly specify the Unesco Privacy Chair
Sponsored Travel Grants in their application, that should include only
documents (i) and (ii).

The documents should be in ascii (highly recommended) or PDF format. All
applications using other formats will be rejected.

Send the application with all three required documents in ONE email to: with subject line: ICDM 2008 student travel
grant application by Oct. 24, 2008.