Starting this year, ISC Group will select two individuals to receive the ISC Travel Grant. For recipients traveling from Europe or North Africa, the maximum funding is 1000 euro per person, and for the rest of the world, it is 1500 euro per person. ISC Group will also provide the grant recipients free registration for the entire conference, which takes place from June 24 - June 28, in Frankfurt, Germany.
Dr. Julian Kunkel, of University of Reading, will mentor the selected grant recipients helping them get the most out of the conference by suggesting relevant programme sessions and introducing them to experts in their research field.
Who is eligible to apply? These are the requirements:
All applications for the ISC Travel Grant will be considered by an evaluation committee consisting of Elizabeth Leake of STEM-Trek; Julian Kunkel from University of Reading; Kim McMahon of McMahon Consulting; and Colleen Sheedy from ISC Group.
The evaluation criteria include the applicant's need and lack of funding alternatives, the estimated cost of travel and accommodation, and how they plan to pay forward the knowledge they acquire at the conference. Naturally, applicants must also meet all the requirements listed in the "Who is eligible to apply" section, above.
Only complete applications made via the application form and accompanied by a letter of support from their advisor or employer, will be considered for the ISC Travel Grant by the evaluation committee. The letter of support must be printed on an official letterhead from the student's advisor or their employer. The letter must affirm that the applicant requires funding to attend the conference, and that no other sources of funding are available.
Other background material, for example, at which stage the applicant is in their study or research, will make the application stronger.
"I've been involved with technical conference programme planning since 2002", stated Elizabeth Leake, Founder and President of STEM-Trek. "As institutional budgets waned after the 2008 global economic crisis, each year, fewer funds are available for scholarly travel. In most cases, professional conferences have become a luxury reserved for top leadership. But leaders are distracted; they tend to participate on an a la carte basis by attending only specific sessions. They are tempted to retreat to the 'rabbit hole' where they must remotely mitigate disasters that would otherwise occur in their absence. It's an isolated experience with little opportunity to network. Conversely, student programme participants are involved with planned activities that promote learning and full conference engagement. But few students can afford to attend on their own. I'm therefore thrilled that ISC earmarks support for student travel. I'm honoured to serve on the evaluation committee this year, and look forward to meeting the ISC Student Programme cohort and planning committee in Frankfurt."
Applications may be submitted at any point up to May 1, 2018. The successful candidates will be notified on May 15, which allows them about five weeks to obtain their Germany visa, if necessary.
If you require any further information, you can contact the programme coordinator, Colleen Sheedy .