IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks
7–9 November 2023 // Dresden, Germany

Student Travel Grant

NFV-SDN 2023 offers a limited number of travel grants to students who have registered and co-authored an accepted paper in NFV-SDN 2023, on a competitive basis. Each award is subject to travel reimbursement. No more than one student per institution will be supported. No postdocs, faculty, or other senior research personnel may be supported by the grant. These student grants will enable sharing scientific information and stimulating research interests for students in the field of communications and networking.

Application Eligibility

  1. The student applicant must be a student member of the IEEE Communications Society.
  2. The student applicant must be a co-author of an accepted paper in NFV-SDN 2023 and present it at the conference in person. 
  3. The student applicant must be a full-time student registered toward a Bachelor’s, Masters’, or PhD degree in computer science, engineering, or a related field in a college or university when submitting their applications.
  4. During the expense reimbursement stage, the student applicant must show proof of having registered to attend the NFV-SDN 2023 conference.

A student who is awarded a student grant must attend and present the paper at the conference. Payment will only be made to grant recipients who submit the expense report (with receipts) within 45 days after the conference. More details will be provided to the students who are selected to receive a ComSoc Student Travel Grant award.

We encourage participation from underrepresented groups and diverse institutions across all geographical regions. Women, minorities, beginning graduate students, and first-time conference attendees, are especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Click on button below to apply. Please have the following materials ready:

  • IEEE ComSoc Student Membership Number. Applicants must be current Student Members of the IEEE Communications Society (not just IEEE student members) at the time they apply for the grant.
  • Student’s up-to-date CV / Resume. This document should include citizenship and study level (undergraduate or graduate); the document may include ethnicity and gender (optional, used to broaden the participation of under-represented students).
  • Advisor Supporting Letter. This is a reference letter from the student’s advisor. We ask that the advisor confirms that the student has full-time status and is in good academic standing at the given institution.
  • Student Statement Letter. A half to one-page letter from the student should include the following information: (1) A brief summary of research interests and accomplishments to date (students should demonstrate a serious interest in networking, through their coursework and projects). (2) A statement on the purpose of attending the conference.
  • Conference Registration Confirmation Number. Applicants must register to attend the conference. Have your registration confirmation ready. To view the registration page, click here {insert link to registration page}.
  • Estimate of the Travel Costs. This is just an estimate of what the grant money would be used towards, including conference registration, airfare, and hotel.


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Important Dates

Applicants should fill and submit the following form. Please make sure to use your professional email address and current affiliation, don’t forget to hit 'submit' once done.

Application Deadline: 23 October 2023
Notification Date: 30 October 2023

Please address any questions to the Student Travel Grant Chair: José Quevedo with a mandatory title: “NFV-SDN 2023 Question: Your Last Name””.

Travel Grant Application Link Coming Soon


We extend our sincere appreciations to IEEE ComSoc for supporting 2023 IEEE NFV-SDN student grants.