Apply Now for the ISC High Performance Travel Grant Program

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The ISC High Performance Travel Grant Program is now open for applications. Introduced in 2017, the Grant enables university students and young researchers to be a part of the ISC High Performance conference series. For recipients traveling from Europe or North Africa, the maximum funding is 1500 euros per person, and for the rest of the world, it is 2500 euros per person. ISC Group will also provide the grant recipients free registration for the entire conference, which takes place from June 16 – 20, in Frankfurt, Germany.

This year, Dr. Julian Kunkel of University of Reading will mentor the selected grant recipients helping them get the most out of the conference by suggesting relevant program sessions and introducing them to experts in their research field.


  • 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.
  • The applicant cannot have received any past travel funding from ISC High Performance.
  • The applicant must explain, in an English essay of 350 to 450 words, how this experience will benefit them and how they intend to pay it forward. The evaluation criteria include the applicant’s need and lack of funding alternatives, as well as the estimated cost of travel and accommodation.
  • The evaluation criteria include the applicant’s need and lack of funding alternatives, the estimated cost of travel and accommodation, and how they plan to pay forward the knowledge they acquire at the conference. Naturally, applicants must also meet all the requirements listed in the “Who is Eligible to Apply” section, above.
  • Only complete applications made via the application form and accompanied by a letter of support from their advisor or employer will be considered for the ISC Travel Grant by the evaluation committee. The letter of support must be printed on an official letterhead from the student’s advisor or the researcher’s employer. The letter must affirm that the applicant requires funding to attend the conference, and that no other sources of funding are available.
  • Other background material, for example, at which stage the applicant is in their study or research, will make the application stronger.
  • All applications for the ISC Travel Grant will be considered by an evaluation committee consisting of Elizabeth Leake, of STEM-Trek; Julian Kunkel, from University of Reading; Marjolein Oorsprong, of PRACE; and Colleen Sheedy, from ISC Group.
  • Applications may be submitted at any point up to February 15, 2019. The successful candidates will be notified on March 4, which allows them over three months to obtain their Germany visa, if necessary.
  • If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the program coordinator, Colleen Sheedy at

ISC 2019 takes place June 16-20, 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany.

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