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Travel Funding

Creating a Travel Budget

Most awards require submitting an estimated travel budget. Your detailed estimated budget should include:

  • conference registration
  • airfare or train or car mileage
  • hotel
  • shuttle/taxi to/from airport on other end
  • parking at airport here if not dropped off
  • food per day times number of days
    • check which meals are included in registration
    • dinner around $15-20 a day

You should try to find a roommate. You need not stay in the conference hotel if you can find cheaper hotels that are within reasonable walking distance.

University-wide Opportunities

If you are presenting a paper (or poster?) at the conference, you can apply to these sources:

  • Graduate Studies Travel Fund Award - deadline: one month before travel; $300 Note: award must be matched by department, confirmation required before the application is submitted.

External Opportunities

Research Funding

Internal Opportunities

University-wide Options

There is a UD University Competitive Fellowship open to all graduate students, two students may be nominated by each department every year. Interested students should contact their advisor. For a complete list of UD fellowship programs and their descriptions, please see the graduate catalog.

Recipients of the University Competitive Fellowship:

  • Xiaofeng Han, 2007
  • Songjie Wei, 2007
  • Qi Li, 2005
  • Jana Iyengar, 2003, 2004
  • Ben Breech, 2003 (nominated from Physics)
  • Philip Conrad, 1994, 1995, 1996

Recipients of the University Dissertation Fellowship:

  • Ben Breech, 2007
  • Mani Thomas, 2007
  • Jana Iyengar, 2005

External Funding Opportunities

The following are a list of external funding opportunities for fellowships and internships. Please edit this page if you know of any other opportunities or previous UD graduate CIS recipients.


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)
Competitive three year fellowship awarded to 1000 applicants annually in all branches of science. In 2005, 20-25 of the 1000 were awarded to computer scientists. Applicants must be US citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the US. Applicants must not have completed more than a full year of graduate studies.

  • Emily Gibson, 2005
  • Sara Sprenkle (Duke University), 2000

National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC)
Offers two programs:

  1. Traditional NPSC Program. Initial support may be for two or three years, or for a full six years, depending on the employer-sponsor. Students typically apply while seniors in college.
  2. Dissertation Support Program. A fellowship program that provides support while the graduate student conducts dissertation research. Students should apply in the year prior to the beginning of their dissertation research program, but not before they can describe their intended research in general terms.

National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (National GEM Consortium)
Provides stipend and fellowship for one academic year at the master’s and Ph.D. levels as well as paid summer internships. There are three different fellowships: MS Engineering, Ph.D. Engineering, and Ph.D. Science. For the PhD Fellowships, a participating GEM University provides RA or TA funding for years 2-5 of the program.

  • Rashida Davis, Ph.D. Science, 2000

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (ASEE NDSEG)
Three year fellowships awarded to US citizens or nationals in a number of different scientific disciplines. Applicants must not have completed more than a full year of graduate studies.

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)
Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens pursuing a PhD and in their first or second year of graduate studies in the physical, engineering, computer, mathematical, or life sciences. Fellowship is four year renewable.

NASA's Graduate Student Research Program (NASA GSRP)
Applicants must be U.S. citizens. A list of all NASA’s fellowships can be found here.

The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant) Delaware's Space Grant College and Fellowship Program
Applicant must indicate how thesis relates to NASA mission. Recipients must be U.S. Citizens. Renewable award contingent upon acceptance into an aerospace-related graduate program.

  • Ben Breech, 2005 and 2006

Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Program
Provides up to three years of support for women, minorities, or people with disabilities. Eligible fields of study include mathematics, science, engineering, and technology. Includes a six week internship at a NASA center.

AT&T Labs Fellowship Program (ALFP)
Three year fellowship available to minority and women students who are U. S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and who are pursuing PhD studies in computer and communications-related fields. Includes a summer internship with AT&T Labs the first summer of the fellowship. A list of all of AT&T’s academic opportunities can be found here.

IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Program
The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship is an annual, worldwide competitive program. One year award may be renewed for up to three years. Students must be nominated by a faculty member.

Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship Program
Applications for two year awards accepted through university contacts only and are not transferable to another academic institutions. Preference will be given to students completing their second or third year in a Ph.D. program. Maximum of three applicants per department, per university.

nVIDIA Fellowship Program
Students must have already completed their first year of Ph.D. level studies and be a member of an active research team.

COS Funding Opportunities
Large database of funding opportunities.


Anita Borg Scholarship
For women entering their senior year of undergraduate or enrolled in graduate school for the upcoming academic year.

The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program
must be of African American, Asian, Pacific Island, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Hispanic descent. See web page for more about eligibility requirements.


Finding a summer internship, Joann Ordille (Avaya), Wei Le (University of Virginia)

IBM Extreme Blue
Competitive internship program to work on collaborative and interdisciplinary projects at one of 12 world-wide labs. “Extreme Blue is the brightest minds, working on the hardest problems that will change the future of information technology,” Jeff Smith, VP Tivoli.

  • Sara Sprenkle (Duke University), 2003

Jobs at IBM

  • Sara Sprenkle (Duke University), Research: 1999, 2002; Development: 2000
  • David Shepherd, Research: 2004

Microsoft Research Internships

  • Sreedevi Sampath, 2002

Google Internships

  • Anthony Danalis, 2005
  • Maitreya Natu, 2006 Google Ambassador

Microsoft Internships
Jobs at Intel
Jobs at Bell Labs (Lucent Research)
nVIDIA Intern and Co-op Programs

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