Call for (US) applications for the doctoral mentoring consortium
Call for applications for scholarships for US based students to attend the Doctoral Mentoring Consortium at IJCAI'11 and for Extended Research Visits to European research labs
 
Applications are solicited from full-time students studying in the US for the following two types of scholarships funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF):
(1) to attend the Doctoral Mentoring Consortium to be held before the main conference (exact date to be announced shortly).
 
Eligibility: full-time students attending a university in the US.
 
Requirements: The scholarship requires participation in the doctoral mentoring consortium and the IJCAI conference. Federal regulations require to use a US carrier for the transatlantic part of the travel, even if it is more expensive than a non-US carrier.
 
Selection criteria: Preference will be given to full-time students with limited other means to support participation. Consideration will be given to progress in degree, evidence of research excellence, benefits expected from participation. Having a paper submitted to the conference or a workshop will be considered but it is not required.
 
Expected number of scholarships: 12-14.
 
The amount of each scholarship will be around $2000 depending on travel costs. The scholarship can be used for travel costs, hotel, conference registration, and food while attending IJCAI.
 
 
(2) for an extended visit to a European AI research lab to conduct research for a period of 6-8 weeks.
 
Eligibility: full-time PhD students attending universities in the US. Preference will be given to students who are US citizens or permanent residents.
 
Requirements: The scholarship requires an extended visit (6-8 weeks) to a European research lab and participation in the doctoral mentoring consortium and the IJCAI conference.
Federal regulations require using a US carrier for the transatlantic part of the travel, even if it is more expensive than a non-US carrier.
 
Time frame: The extended visit has to take place around the time of IJCAI to leverage the international part of the travel. It is preferred that the visits take place before IJCAI, and culminate with a presentation on the results at the doctoral consortium. Each visit will be individually arranged with the hosting lab.
 
Selection criteria: Preference will be given to full-time students who are US citizens or permanent residents. Consideration will be given to progress in degree, evidence of research excellence, benefits expected from participation, match of research interests to available hosts.
 
Students selected for the extended visits will be matched with the hosting lab in a two step process, in which labs will be given the opportunity to decide which students they would be willing to host and students will then be asked to choose which lab to visit. No more than one student per lab.
 
Expected number of scholarships: 6-8
 
The scholarship will cover travel to the European Lab (up to $500), travel and registration to IJCAI (approximatively $2000), and living expenses during the visit (up to $2500/month).
 
 
Deadline for applications (1 day extension): Due to numerous requests the deadline is extended to February 9 (11:59PM, UTC-12).
Notification of awards: mid March 2011
 
Applicants to the Doctoral Consortium must submit the following materials:
1. a two-page extended abstract of the thesis research, formatted following the IJCAI formatting requirements, which describes research completed and plans for remaining work. This is an opportunity to publish your work. If accepted, the extended abstract will be included in the IJCAI Proceedings. Acceptance of the extended abstract is not required for admission to the doctoral consortium.
 
2. a curriculum vitae (max 2 pages) that covers background (name, university), education (degree sought, year/status in degree, previous degrees), employment, and relevant experience in research (publications, presentations, conferences attended, etc).
 
3. a personal statement (1-2 pages max) with a short research description and answers to the following questions:
a. have you attended previously a doctoral consortium? if yes, which one? was it useful? what was most useful?
b. have you submitted (or will submit) a paper to IJCAI or to a IJCAI workshop or to a co-located conference? If yes, where was it submitted? (If it is accepted, please inform us.)
c. expected graduation
d. type of job desired (research+teaching, teaching, research, research+development)
e. what do you expect from the doctoral consortium and the conference?
This statement will be used for dividing students into groups and for matching with mentors.
 
4. an estimate of cost of travel to the conference
 
5. Do you want to apply for an extended visit? if yes,
a. what do you expect to accomplish in the visit?
b. do you speak any language other than English?
c. are you a US citizen or permanent resident?
 
6. a letter of reference from the advisor, addressing the student's progress toward the degree, the research topic and its significance, expected graduation date, expected benefit to the student from attending and ability to work with others (these last two are specially important for students applying for the extended visits).
 
[Note that parts 1-3 are for application to the doctoral consortium without scholarship, while parts 4-6 are required for application to the scholarships]
 
The material listed above has to be submitted on the Web at www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=ijcai2011dc
 
NOTE: other scholarships (open to students from any country) for attending IJCAI are offered by IJCAI. Preference for those scholarships is given to authors of accepted papers. Deadline for application for the IJCAI scholarships is April 7. An announcement with details on how to apply will be distributed later. The NSF scholarships and the IJCAI scholarships require two separate applications.
 
 
 
 
For information and questions contact:
Maria Gini
Professor
Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Minnesota
email: gini@cs.umn.edu
or
Judy Goldsmith
Professor
Department of Computer Science, University of Kentucky
email: goldsmit@cs.uky.edu