Research Computer Science Conference Scholarships

ACM-W provides support for women undergraduate and graduate students in computer science and related programs to attend research computer science conferences.

This exposure to computing research can inspire a student to continue onto the next level of their academic or industry career.

Group of women at a computer science conference

Scholarship Awards

The ACM-W scholarships are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. Scholarship applications are evaluated in 6 groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

Applicants may apply to attend any research computer science conferences, including those that are not ACM-affiliated. If the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT) the SIG may provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG.

The student does not have to present a paper at the conference she attends.

ACM-W encourages the student’s home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student’s achievement locally within their department.

⚠ We do not provide scholarships to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing or the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines below are fixed. However, if the conference is postponed or cancelled, the scholar will retain their scholarship for the same conference, or for another later conference. In both cases, the scholar must inform the ACM-W scholarship committee. Moreover, in the latter case, the ACM-W committee will decide if the new conference is equally suitable. In any case, the scholarship will not be lost.

Conference DatesDeadlineNotification By
April 1 – May 31Feb 15Feb 28
June 1 – July 31April 15April 30
Aug 1 – Sep 31June 15June 30
Oct 1 – Nov 30Aug 15Aug 30
Dec 1 – Jan 30Oct 15Oct 30
Feb 1 – Mar 31Dec 15Dec 30

How to Apply

Please create an ACM web account and complete the scholarship application with the following:

  1. Your personal information
  2. Details of the conference you want to attend
  3. A statement of why you would like to attend the conference
  4. A support letter from your advisor

Students who are not from a traditional CS/CE/SE department but working on computer science-related projects are encouraged to apply.

It is necessary that all sections be completed in your application on-time, along with your support letter submission.

Please ensure with your advisor that your support letter is uploaded within the deadline, otherwise your application will not be considered, even if submitted in time.

Please note that this is a one-time award. Students who have already received this scholarship in the past are no longer eligible to apply.

If you have any questions on the ACM-W Scholarship program that are not addressed here, please email ACM-W Scholarship Committee chair Dr. Viviana Bono.