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USENIX Student Grant Program

The USENIX student grant program provides stipends 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.

Grant applications become available on our Web site about 3–4 months before the conference, with an application deadline set at approximately 7–8 weeks before the event. Notifications of awards are sent about 2 weeks after the deadline. Carefully consider which conference is most relevant to your research: applicants can be awarded only one grant each year.

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

Current Grant Opportunities:

Quick Reference for Applicants

  1. Read our Full Guidelines and Hints page thoroughly, particularly if you are a first-time applicant.
  2. 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 outlines your current research, studies, or curriculum related to the conference topics, tells us why attending the event will be beneficial to you, states your class level, names your advisors/mentors, details your current funding situation as a student and/or department, and details any relevant experience. Do not include links to your school research pages or resume.
  3. 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.
  4. Do make your hotel and travel reservations early.
  5. If student tutorial rates are available for the event (currently, USENIX FAST, USENIX Security Symposium, and LISA), please contact the Conference Department,, for instructions on how to register for tutorials. You should reserve your tutorial spaces as soon as possible after registration opens, and you may do this without registering for the conference. On your grant application form, please list the student tutorial rate for tutorial sessions.
  6. Upload your student ID for validation. Please sign in to your account or register for an account to upload your student ID. Scan a copy of it or include a link to your specific Web site. Generic department or research Web site links are NOT acceptable—we must see an actual scan of your current student ID.
  7. All materials must arrive at USENIX, attention Conference Department, on or before the application deadline. Late applications and materials will not be considered.


* Full Guidelines and More Hints 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, or (510) 528-8649.