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Student Grant Program

The USENIX Student Grant Program provides funds to cover registration fees and assist with travel and accommodation expenses for full-time students attending accredited institutions who wish to attend USENIX conferences and workshops. Please note that USENIX relies on sponsorship to fund student grants, and funding is strictly limited. We do not guarantee assistance to speakers or participants, and student grants rarely fund complete travel needs.

Grant applications become available on our website about 3 months before the conference, with an application deadline set at approximately 7–8 weeks before the event. Notifications of awards are sent about two weeks after the deadline. Carefully consider which conference is most relevant to your research: applicants can be awarded only one grant each year. By applying for a USENIX student grant, you agree to be contacted by USENIX and Student Grant sponsors.

Please read the rest of this page carefully; it contains important information regarding materials and deadlines.

Quick Reference for Applicants

  1. Read our Full Guidelines and Hints page thoroughly, particularly if you are a first-time applicant.
  2. Please note that Post-Docs are not eligible for Student Grants.
  3. Complete the online grant application form. Your Supporting Statement is the most important part of your application. It should be a well-written essay that:
    1. outlines your current research, studies, or curriculum related to the conference topics,
    2. tells us why attending the event will be beneficial to you,
    3. states your class level, names your advisors/mentors, and details your current funding situation as a student and/or department,
    4. details any relevant experience (do not include links to your school research pages or resume).
  4. Do not register for the conference, even if you are an author or a presenter, until you hear whether you have been granted an award. If you receive a grant, we will send you specific registration instructions. If you do not receive a grant, you can then register using the standard online registration form. Student registration fees do not increase after the Early Bird deadline.
  5. Do make your hotel and travel reservations early.
  6. If student tutorial rates are available for the event (currently, FAST and LISA), please contact the Conference Department as soon as possible after registration opens to reserve your space for tutorials. You may do this even before registering for the conference. On your grant application form, please list the student tutorial rate for tutorial sessions.
  7. Upload your student identification card ("student ID") for validation. Please sign in to your account, or register for an account. You will need to upload a scan or photograph of your current student ID, or include a link to your specific school-hosted website (generic department or research website links are NOT acceptable).
  8. All materials must arrive at USENIX, to the attention of the Conference Department, on or before the application deadline. Late applications and materials will not be considered. Your application has not been submitted unless you receive a submission confirmation email from USENIX. If you do not receive the confirmation email upon submission, please check your spam, and contact the Conference Department ASAP. Un-submitted drafts cannot be considered.

Full Guidelines and Tips for Grant Applicants

Note: Grants do not apply to membership dues or CEU credits. Students may join USENIX for a low rate. For more information, please see our Student Membership page. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact the USENIX Conference Department.