Middleware 2003

ACM/IFIP/USENIX International Middleware Conference

Rio Othon Palace Hotel

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

16-20 June 2003

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Student Travel Grants

Middleware 2003 is pleased to announce its Student Travel Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage graduate student participation at the conference by partially or fully funding the travel costs of students who would otherwise be unable to attend. Middleware 2003 thanks ACM, IBM Research and USENIX for funding the program this year.

Who should apply

Applications are accepted from graduate students at degree granting institutions throughout the world.

The funding decisions will be based as much as possible on the needs expressed by student and adviser in the grant application (see description below) and on what the individual may get from the conference and may bring to the conference.

The funding will pay travel and accommodation costs up to $1,000.00 (for details see below.)

While any graduate student may apply for this travel support, the selection process will give preference to Middleware 2003 paper authors, WIP authors, workshop authors, and poster authors who are graduate students without sufficient travel funding. The awardees cannot receive support from any other source for the expenses funded by this program. Other criteria will include evidence of a serious interest in middleware, as demonstrated by coursework and project experience.

What is covered

Legitimate costs covered by a grant include the student's travel (e.g., economy air), food, and lodging. The breakdown of costs will differ based on the locations of the students. Each travel grant will cover actual costs (as evidenced by original receipts) up to a limit of $1000 per student travelling from abroad and up to $300 per student from Brazil. Additionally, the conference registration fee will be waived for students receiving a travel grant.

Applications from Brazilian students (i.e., students studying in Brazil at the time of the conference) will be handled separately. The application should clearly state at which University the student is studying.

Who decides

The recipients of the travel grants will be decided by a committee including

How to apply

An application for a travel grant will consist of a letter from the student (in plain ASCII as email, no longer than one printed A4 page) and a recommendation letter from the student's adviser (in plain ASCII as email, no longer than one printed A4 page). The letter from the student should

  • indicate why the student believes he or she would benefit from attending the Middleware 2003 conference,

  • indicate what the student believes he or she is contributing to the Middleware 2003 conference,

  • contain a brief summary of research interests and accomplishments to date, as related to middleware systems research,

  • describe areas reflected in the Middleware 2003 program that will impact the student's research.

In addition, the student's adviser should send a letter of recommendation to the committee,

  • confirming that the student is a graduate student in good standing,

  • provide a detailed account of the financial needs and why the student cannot be funded through other means,

  • indicating why the adviser believes the student would benefit from attending the conference,

  • giving the advisor's opinion about the strengths and potential contributions of the student, as related to middleware systems research.

Send the application and recommendation letters by e-mail to Arno Jacobsen (jacobsen@eecg.toronto.edu) in plain ASCII as email message **ONLY**. Letters of support should be no longer than one printed A4 page. Any material beyond that length will not be considered. Requests in other than the specified formats will be outright rejected. Any questions about the student travel grant program may be addressed to the same address.

Important dates

A deadline of Friday, April 11th 2003, has been set for the receipt of applications, both for the letter of the student and of the adviser. The recipients selected by the committee will be notified by Friday, April 25th 2003. Each recipient will be required to accept the grant by Friday, May, 9th 2003, so that alternates can be notified in the event that a recipient declines. (All deadlines are 6 PM EST.)

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