The National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United States of America offers several travel grants to undergraduate and graduate students, who are enrolled in a US-based institution, to attend ICASSP 2020.


The grant amount per awardee will be the requested amount or lower, depending on the number of applicants, as we will try to sponsor as many students as possible. The maximum support per student will be $1,000. The stipends will be granted on reimbursement basis. ICASSP 2020 organizing committee compromises to reach out under-represented groups and minorities in the travel grant application process, encouraging and promoting their participation in the conference. NSF grants do not cover registration fees, only travel expenses. Only airfare on US-flag carriers can be covered with these grants.


Active PhD students are eligible to apply for this grant. Ph.D students who have already graduated at the time of submission are no longer eligible. They must be enrolled in a US institute of higher learning or must be a US citizen enrolled in an institute of higher learning anywhere in the world. PhD students can apply separately for both travel grants, NSF or SPS, when eligible. However, if selected, they would only be supported through one of the mechanisms.


Applicants have to fill in and send the form to The application must include the following materials:

  • A reference letter from an advisor or an instructor at your institute. The letter should be:
    • supporting your application
    • confirming your enrollment status as a student
    • detailing the need for the support
    • possibly committing to covering any costs above the awarded amount
  • An estimate of the costs: registration, transportation, meals, lodging, and others.
  • A one-paragraph motivation for applying to the grant.
  • Clarification as to who will cover expenses in case they exceed the awarded amount.
  • Where applicable, ICASSP2020 paper number(s) that you coauthored.

Selection process

The selection of the awardees of the travel grants will be performed by the Student Chairs (Martin Haardt, Eva Lagunas, Raed Shubair). The committee will be in charge of implementing the selection process and ensuring a transparent application of the criteria. The students awarded with the travel grants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • The average total grade given to the papers that have a student (US-based) as first author will be used as selection factor.
  • Priority will be given to students from under-represented groups.
  • Students awarded with the travel grant must present the paper at the conference.
  • Travel support to students that are not presenting a paper will be considered if there is available funding after supporting those with articles. In those cases, priority will be given to students from under-represented groups and to those at their earlier stages of their research career.

Forms of interest

Application deadline

Deadline: February 14, 2020.

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