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ISC High Performance Travel Grant Program 2020

PLEASE NOTE: The application process for the ISC Travel Grant Program is closed!

The ISC High Performance Travel Grant (ISC Travel Grant Program) is intended to enable one university student and one young researcher who lack funding opportunities to attend the ISC High Performance conference in June 2020.

Successful candidates will be assigned a mentor, who will help them get the most out of the conference by suggesting relevant program sessions and introducing them to experts in various research fields.

Applications for the ISC Travel Grant will be evaluated by the current Travel Grant Committee. 

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The ISC Travel Grant program provides financial assistance to enable the selected candidate to attend ISC 2020. If the selected candidate is from Europe or North Africa, the maximum travel grant is 1500 euros, and for a candidate from other continents, the maximum grant is 2500 euros. ISC Group will provide the selected candidate free registration for the entire conference program.


Important dates

  Application Deadline  closed
  Notification of Acceptance March 4, 2020


  • The applicant must be at least 21 years of age and be either currently enrolled in a university degree program or employed at a research facility in their home country.
  • If enrolled as a student, the applicant must show a keen interest in acquiring knowledge in computational or data science, and if a researcher, they must be in strong need of HPC skills to solve problems across a wide variety of compute-intense or data-intensive disciplines.
  • Successful candidates are required to attend the full conference program, from Sunday, June 20 through Thursday, June 25, 2020.
  • The Applicant must be able to purchase his/her own flight and ground transit tickets in advance. Reimbursements are disbursed in cash (in euros) during the conference or if possible through Western Union after the conference (original receipts or bookings are required for all expenses up to the total amount of the award). If the applicants are unable to purchase their transit tickets in advance, they may apply for assistance through committee member Elizabeth Leake from STEM-Trek Nonprofit.
  • Beneficiaries must provide proof of travel health insurance (so emergency healthcare expenses are covered while traveling to, from and in Frankfurt). The conference organizer is not responsible for emergency health services.
  • After acceptance, a passport photo image and the rights for using it have to be provided for marketing purposes to be eligible for the grant.
  • Three weeks after the event the applicant must provide a written recap of the experience that might be published totally or in parts on our website and social media.
  • The applicant cannot have received any past travel funding from ISC High Performance.

The evaluation criteria include the applicant's need of HPC and lack of funding alternatives, the estimated cost of travel and accommodation, how they personally benefit from attendance and how they plan to pay forward the knowledge they acquire at the conference (see also the “Application” section, below). Naturally, applicants must also meet all the requirements listed in the “Eligibility Requirements” section, above.


Only complete applications submitted through and completed by the following, will be considered for the ISC 2020 Travel Grant by the evaluation committee.

  • The applicants must write an English essay of 350 to 450 words that has to include answers to these questions:
    • How will you benefit personally from the attendance by utilizing the additional HPC knowledge and contacts?
    • How will you pay forward the knowledge you will acquire at the conference, thinking in particular about how you can act as a multiplicator and return something to the wider HPC community?
  • The applicant must provide a short curriculum vitae (CV) / Résumé
  • The applicant must provide a budget that describes the requested travel expenses such as airfare (economy only), food, visa costs and other travel expenses necessary for attending ISC 2020. If needed lodging can be arranged by ISC Group and the costs (approx. 600,- euros) will then be deducted directly from the grant or the applicant tries to find an accommodation less expensive by its own. Please download the template for the budget.
    For more information on "Travel & Stay" see:
    Travel & Stay.
  • The applicant must provide a letter of support from the advisor (STUDENT) or employer (RESEARCHER) printed on the official letterhead of the advisor or employer. The letter must affirm that the applicant requires funding to attend the conference and that no other sources of funding are available.
  • Optional: Other material that will make the application stronger, e.g. certificates etc.

Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2020 (closed), and all applicants will be notified by March 4, 2020.

Applications for the ISC Travel Grant will be evaluated by the current committee, consisting of Elizabeth Leake, STEM-Trek; Kim McMahon, Cloud Native Computing Foundation; Julian Kunkel, University of Reading and Colleen Sheedy, ISC Group.




Travel Grant Program

Ms. Colleen Sheedy

HR Development Manager

Grant Recipients´ Experience

To learn about Molly´s and Aurelio´s experience as recipients of the ISC Travel Grant 2019 please click here.

ISC 2020 Travel Grant Committee

Applications for the ISC Travel Grant will be evaluated by the current Travel Grant Committee. 

  • Elizabeth Leake, STEM-Trek, United States of America
  • Kimberly McMahon, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, United States of America
  • Julian Kunkel, University of Reading, United Kingdom
  • Colleen Sheedy, ISC Group, Germany