Grants to African-American Students for Costs Related to Attending the USENIX Conferences and Workshops

The USENIX conference is organized by the Advanced Computer System Association. These opportunities for grants for African-American students studying computer science at institutions of higher education to attend a conference offered by the Funding Source is available.

The funding is intended to cover registration fees and to assist with travel and accommodation expenses for Black and African American students who wish to attend USENIX conferences and workshops. The Usenix Conference on Security and Privacy Ideas that Matter will take place virtually in February 2021.

Program Overview

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
– Black, African American, or members of the larger African Diaspora
– Student in computer science or related field
– Attend the three full days of the main Conference Program
– Agree to be contacted by USENIX and grants program sponsors about future events and opportunities

For Student Grants, preference is shown to:
– Students whose areas of study significantly overlap with the conference topics and who write a concise essay (supporting statement) outlining their studies and research.
– First-time applicants and those who have not received a grant in the past 12 months.
– Students from institutions not traditionally represented at USENIX.
– Financial need.
– Degree level (undergraduate, graduate)
– Students who are both presenting a paper at the event and do not have alternate sources of funding available to them.

Application Process

Post-doc researchers and associates do not qualify for a student grant.

Please do not apply for a grant if you have other funds available to you, such as through your faculty advisor, or if you have received a grant through USENIX in the past year.

Please note that speakers and presenters at the conference are not guaranteed any travel assistance.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Every effort is made to send out notifications to student grant applicants approximately two weeks after the grant application deadline and before the conference’s Early Bird deadline. All applicants—both those who are being awarded a grant and those who are not—are notified of their application status.

Do not register for the conference–even if you are an author or a presenter–until you are notified about your grant. If you receive a grant, you will receive detailed registration instructions. Student Grant recipients will receive a code for complimentary registration.

Applicants can be awarded only one grant each calendar year. Those who qualify are welcome to apply for both a Student Grant and a Diversity Grant for the same conference, though only one grant will be awarded.

Student grants are awarded directly to the student; the grant cannot be issued to a third party such as the student’s host institution.

If you are traveling to the conference from outside the U.S.A., see detailed advice from the National Academies about visiting the United States.

Application Submission

To be part of this conference you would want to make sure that you have the boxed checked. First and foremost, what you have to remember is that you qualify to be part of the funded students only when you are not in a doctoral program. This is one good one to remember. However, you have other options to funding.

To apply, we have made the process an easy one. All you have to do is get all your needed supploes amd documents ready for you to take advantage of this wonderful experience of helping you learn about the process of submitting your application.

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