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UNITN - International Conference on Service Oriented Computing
Student Travel Grant Program
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ICSOC 2003 is pleased to announce a Student Travel Grant Program.
The purpose of the program is to encourage graduate student participation at the conference by partially funding the travel costs of students who would otherwise be unable to attend. ICSOC 2003 thanks IBM Research for funding the program this year.

Who should apply
Applications are accepted from PhD students at degree granting institutions throughout the world.
The funding decisions will be based on the needs expressed by student and adviser in the grant application (see description below) and on how the individual may benefit from the conference and on what she may contribute to the conference.

The funding will pay travel and accommodation costs up to $500.00 (for details see below).

Any PhD student may apply for this travel support based on evidence of a serious interest in service oriented computing, as demonstrated by PhD research experience and results. The awardees should not receive support from any other award institute for the expenses funded by this program.

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 $500 per student travelling from any part of the world and up to $300 per student from any EU country. Additionally, the conference registration fee will be waived for students receiving a travel grant.

Who decides
The recipients of the travel grants will be decided by the Awards Chair: Stefan Tai (

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 1 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:

contain a brief summary of of the student's research work, research interests and accomplishments to date, related to service oriented computing research,

describe areas reflected in the SOC 2003 program that will impact the student's research,

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

indicate what the student believes he or she could contribute to the ICSOC 2003 conference,

include a statement that the student does not receive support for attending the conference from any other source.
In addition, the student's adviser should send a letter of recommendation to the Awards Chair: Stefan Tai (

confirming that the student is a PhD student in good standing,

provide a detailed account of the financial needs and why the student cannot be funded by 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 service oriented computing research.

Send the application and recommendation letters by e-mail to Stefan Tai ( 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 rejected. Any questions about the student travel grant program may be addressed to the same e-mail address.

Important dates
A deadline of September 30th 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 October 10th 2003. Each recipient will be required to accept the grant by October 17th 2003, so that alternates can be notified in the event that a recipient declines.