IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication and Networking
22-25 June 2020 // Virtual Conference

Student Travel Grant

IEEE SECON 2020 Student Travel Grants

The IEEE SECON 2020 conference is pleased to announce the availability of the following type of student travel grants for both authors and non-authors:

  1. Travel grants sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc).
  2. U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) travel grant opportunity for U.S.-based students.

Following the application guidelines below, a student may apply to one or more of the following categories for which he/she is eligible. The eligibility criteria include:

  1. Student travel grants sponsored by the IEEE ComSoc. Applications are invited from qualified full-time graduate students. To qualify, a student must: (i) Be a valid Student Member of the ComSoc at the time of application; (ii) be a full-time student registered toward a bachelors, masters, or Ph.D. degree in engineering or related field in a college or university when submitting the application; (iii) be an author who will present an accepted paper at the IEEE SECON 2020 conference, including its workshops, and (iv) not have received a similar grant in the past 12 months.
  2. U.S. NSF student travel grants. Applications are invited from qualified graduate and undergraduate students from accredited U.S. institutions who may or may not be authors of an accepted paper at IEEE SECON 2020. These awards will cover registration and travel costs up to $1500. Preference will be given to first time attendees who are non-authors and students from under-represented groups (women, minorities and people with disabilities) who may or may not be authors of accepted papers. Student recipients will be reimbursed (based on valid receipts) for their expenses after the conference. Only airfare on a U.S.-based carrier will be reimbursed by this type of support.

For student travel grants of both types the following additional criteria will be applied: (i) Preference will be given to students who have registered to the main conference by the application deadline, 3 May 2020; (ii) registration to the main conference by the awardee acceptance deadline, 17 May 2020, at a Full Registration rate or a Student Registration rate is mandatory, and (iii) final award is contingent upon the recipient showing proof of registration, by emailing the receipt of registration to the student travel grant chairs.

Application Procedure

Applications for a student travel grant will consist of:

  1. A brief cover letter (maximum one page) from the student indicating (1) research interests and its alignment with IEEE SECON 2020; (2) a statement about how conference attendance is important to the students career/research; (3) the type(s) of student travel grant (A and/or B) that the student is applying for; (4) whether the student is a first-time attendee and whether the student has authored a paper accepted at IEEE SECON 2020, providing the paper title (if applicable); (5) whether the student is from any underrepresented groups (e.g., women, minorities and people with disabilities), and (6) whether and when the student has received U.S. NSF or IEEE ComSoc travel grants before.
  2. A recommendation letter from the student’s advisor including the following: (1) Confirmation that the student is a graduate/undergraduate student in good academic standing; (2) the suitability of the IEEE SECON 2020 program material to the student’s research area, and (3) commitment from the advisor to cover travel costs in excess of the student travel grant.
  3. The student’s CV.
  4. An estimate of the following costs of attending IEEE SECON 2020: Airfare, hotel, and conference registration. It is anticipated that travel grants will partially cover these costs.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants should send their applications through Email to, and as follows:

  1. With Subject: SECON-2020 Student Travel Grant Application (please note, emails may be missed without this subject)
  2. All materials as outlined above as a single PDF file attachment

Important Dates

  • Application deadline: 3 May 2020 at 23:59 EST
  • Rolling processing with final notification deadline: 10 May 2020 at 23:59 EST
  • Awardee acceptance deadline: 17 May 2020 at 23:59 EST

Student Travel Grant Mentoring Program (new)

The following mentoring activities will be held for the awardees before and during the conference.

  1. A “Career and Research Panel” Webinar (date: TBD) will be held before the conference for the travel grant awardees.
  2. All the travel grant awardees will be invited to attend the N2Women event during the conference and interact with the researchers face to face.
  3. All the travel grant awardees, if not presenting in the main program, will be invited to present their research during the poster session.


  • Q: Should I merge my advisor’s recommendation letter with my application together to submit?
    A: Yes. Every applicant should submit all application materials as a single PDF file, which includes all required items listed in the “Application Procedure” section described above.
  • Q: Should the advisor’s recommendation letter be also in PDF?
    A: Yes. It should be an item in the single application file in PDF submitted by the student applicant.
  • Q: If my advisor prefers to submit the recommendation letter separately from my application, what should I do?
    A: Please ask your advisor to e-mail the recommendation letter to Dr. Zhangyu Guan (
  • Q: Am I eligible to apply for the student travel grant being an author of a workshop paper?
    A: Yes, you are welcome to apply.

Award Selection Committee

Award Selection Committee Advisors


If your question is not addressed in the FAQ section, please contact the Student Travel Grant Co-Chairs Dr. Zhangyu Guan (, Dr. Carlo Alberto Boano ( and Dr. Yuan He (