Travel Awards

Applications due Sept. 10, 2010! See below for details.

We are pleased to announce that both the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Semantic Web Science Association (SWSA) have contributed funds to support participation by full-time students in ISWC 2010. SWSA and NSF will provide 10,000 € and $20,000 respectively, with NSF funds being earmarked to support students attending U.S. Universities. We anticipate that the SWSA funds will support 15 awards between 600-800 €, and that the NSF funds will support 13 awards of approximately $1500, although the actual award amounts could be significantly different, depending on the number of qualified applicants. To be eligible for NSF funds, you must be:

  • A full-time student attending a U.S. university
  • Agree to only use U.S. airlines to travel to ISWC 2010
  • Have an alternate source of funding for your conference registration fee, since the NSF funds do not cover registration fees.
All full-time students are eligible for SWSA funds, although these funds will primarily be used for students attending schools outside of the U.S. SWSA funds have no restrictions on airlines and can cover registration costs.

Our goal is to encourage students who want to become part of the Semantic Web research community, and we hope that participation in ISWC 2010 will be a significant event in the graduate careers of the selected students. In selecting applications for travel support, preference will be given to students selected to participate in the doctoral consortium, followed by students who are first author on a paper accepted at the conference, followed by students who have other authorship on a conference or related workshop paper.

In order to apply, please submit an e-mail to that is formatted as specified below. Also have your advisor e-mail a recommendation to the same address in which he/she states support for your application, affirms your status as a full-time student, and indicates the maximum extent to which he/she will provide funds for your trip. To receive full consideration, both applications and advisor letters must be received by Sept. 10, 2010. We will notify applicants of award decisions by Sept. 24, 2010.

Name: your name
E-mail: your e-mail address
Institution: name of your school; it's location (city, state or country)
Advisor: name, email address
Program of Study: whether you are seeking a M.S. or Ph.D., and your expected graduation date
Mailing Address:
your postal address

Seeking NSF Funds: yes/no. Replying Yes means that you are currently attending a U.S. university and are willing to abide by the restrictions mentioned above (i.e. you will only fly on a U.S. airline and will pay for conference registration via another source)
Total Estimated Expenses: in U.S. dollars or Euros (be sure to specify which)
Minimum Fellowship Needed: The minimum amount of fellowship funds that you need in order to be able to attend ISWC, considering other sources of funding that you may have available. This number will not influence the amount you are awarded, only whether or not you are awarded a fellowship at all. If the amount we can award you is under this number, then we will not award you a fellowship, since you have stated that you would not be able to use it for travel to ISWC.
Source(s) for Remaining Funds: Indicate what source (or sources) of funds will be used to pay the difference between the fellowship given and the total cost of the trip. If your advisor will be providing funds, please be sure to have him or her mention this in their support letter.
Itemized Estimated Expenses:
Itemized list of estimated expenses for travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals. If you are not seeking NSF funds, then also include your registration fee. If you are seeking NSF funds, then make sure that your air fare considers that you will be flying on a U.S. airline.

Research Interests:
Please provide a one paragraph description

ISWC Activities:
List of all papers that have been accepted (or are still under consideration for) the ISWC doctoral consortium, research or in use tracks, poster and demo track, an ISWC workshop, or the Semantic Web Challenge. For each paper, give the title, all authors, submission target and status.

If you are awarded a fellowship, you will be expected to submit an expense report along with copies of your receipts in order to receive reimbursement for your travel after the conference.


Funds for ISWC 2010 student fellowships are provided by the U.S. National Science Foundation under award IIS-1049469 and by the Semantic Web Science Association.