Scholarships: Frequently-Asked Questions

Application Questions

Can I apply for an ACM-W scholarship to attend Tapia or Grace Hopper?

No, both Tapia and Grace Hopper have dedicated scholarships programs.

I am a recent graduate and I am no longer a student, can I apply for an ACM-W scholarship?

Unfortunately, we can only sponsor students.

My paper/poster has not been accepted for publication yet. Can I apply for an ACM-W scholarship?

Yes! You do not need to be presenting your work to qualify for an ACM-W scholarship. Even if your paper/poster is rejected or if you did not submit your work for publication at the meeting you can apply.

My advisor forgot to submit the support letter. Can my application still be considered for an award?

No. Our review system displays complete applications, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

I already got an ACM-W scholarship in the past. Can I apply again?

No. The ACM-W scholarship is a one time only award.

I applied for an ACM-W scholarship in the past, but did not get one. Can I apply again?

Yes, you can apply as many times as you want as long as you identify as a female student and you are interested in attending a research conference in computing.

Post-Award Questions

My visa was not processed on time and I already registered/bought my ticket to attend the conference. Can I be refunded for the expenses even though I am not able to attend the meeting?

No. We can only refund students who attend the meeting for which the award was granted. If you will require a visa, please apply for it with ample time. You should not purchase tickets or incur in any other non-refundable expense before confirming that you will be able to attend the meeting.

The meeting I plan to attend is sponsored by an ACM SIG. Will I get free registration?

Maybe. The SIGs are strong supporters of the ACM-W scholarships program and they offer a number of free registrations every year. The exact number of registration waivers depends on the SIGs and the specific conference. We will inform you if you were granted a registration waiver or not.

I forgot to register and I missed the early-bird registration fee rate. Can I still get refunded?

We will refund you for the lowest rate available at the time of the award.

We went out for dinner during the conference, and we drank some beers while discussing our work. Can I be refunded for that?

No, we are unable to reimburse alcoholic beverage purchases.

If you have any questions on the ACM-W scholarship program that are not addressed here, please contact our Scholarship Committee at acm-w-scholarship[at]