20th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles


Student Scholarships

Student Scholarships

The ACM Special Interest Group on Operating Systems, in conjunction with the ACM Student Research Competition, and with additional financial support from TBD, will offer a limited number of student scholarships to attend SOSP.

Scholarships will be awarded by the scholarship committee based on a combination of need and merit.

Each scholarship covers the SOSP conference registration, including meals and proceedings, and a shared hotel room during the conference. Additional funding may be awarded toward the cost of travel.

Students receiving scholarships must agree to serve as a session scribe (if required) during the conference.

Who should apply

Funding is available to all students at educational institutions, world-wide. Members of groups historically under-represented at SOSP are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to participate in the poster session and work-in-progress presentations. Posters as well as student-authored papers can receive further recognition (and cash awards) through participation in the Student Research Competition (SRC). Approximately 45% of the funding for student scholarships is coming from the SRC this year. Participation in the SRC is not required in order to apply for a student scholarship, but it may increase your chances of success.

Although most applicants in past years have been graduate students, undergraduates who are actively involved in systems research projects are welcome to apply, and in fact there is a special division of the SRC specifically for undergraduates.

Applicants must be members of the ACM. See the ACM site for a student membership application. Note that ACM provides reduced rates for students residing in economically developing countries.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted by email to TBD. The body of the message should include (as plain text) the information from the form below. Students who apply by 10 September will be notified of any award by TBD, and can then register without paying the registration fee.

Attach to the message a position paper that describes (in no more than three pages) your research and publications and explains the benefit you expect from attending SOSP. The paper should be in either plain text (preferred) or PDF. You may omit the position paper if you are the principal author of an accepted paper at this year's SOSP.

Ask your advisor to submit (directly) a letter of recommendation to TBD.

SOSP Travel Scholarship Application


ACM member number:
  (or date of application, if you have not received your number yet)

Degree pursued:
When you expect to finish:

Faculty advisor

Have you attended SOSP before?
Have you previously received an SOSP scholarship?

SOSP program participation
  Are you an author of an accepted paper?
    If so, are you the principal author?
    Will you be presenting it at the conference?
  Have you submitted a poster?
  Is your paper/poster entered in the Student Research Competition?

Anticipated travel expenses

Will you require a hotel room for Saturday night?

In figuring your travel costs, please note that the conference hotel does provide shuttle service from the Albany airport and train station.

Instructions for advisors

E-mail your recommendation directly to TBD, including the name of the student (or students) in the subject line. Plain text is preferred. Please note the student's participation (if any) in the SOSP program. Address also any special circumstances and financial need.

Important dates

Application deadline  
Notification of decisions
Deadline for early conference registration;
Hotel registration deadline r
Submission of poster or work-in-progress  
Conference 23-26 October

Scholarship Commitee

  • Chair: TBD
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