VLDB 2014 Travel Fellowship Program

The VLDB Travel Fellowship Program provides financial support to students and faculty affiliated with universities with limited funding opportunities (e.g., universities in developing countries) to attend the VLDB conference. The long-term goal of the program is to encourage talented young scientists to pursue a career in database research.

What does the travel fellowship provide?
The fellowship helps defray the cost of conference attendance by providing free registration and an additional amount of (maximum) US$1,500 toward other costs such as travel and lodging. Fellowship recipients are responsible for their own travel arrangements, including health insurance, if necessary.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Applicants must be full-time students in good standing (graduate or undergraduate) or faculty members affiliated with universities with limited funding opportunities and that do not already have considerable presence at VLDB conferences. Preference will be given to applicants who have a paper to present at the main conference or the workshops in VLDB 2014, or demonstrated interest in database research.

Application Process
Applicants should fill out the form at the following URL: You can alternatively use the following short link:

They must also have a nominator (faculty advisor for student applicants, or senior faculty member or department head for faculty applicants), who will provide a recommendation letter. Both the form and letter must be submitted on or before June 30, 2014.

The information required on the online form includes:

1. Applicant's Email, Name, Institution, and Country
   a. For Student applicants: Specifics of the program (major/specialization, graduate/undergraduate, full-time/part-time).
   b. For faculty applicants: Current position, including number of years as a faculty member.
2. Details of papers accepted at VLDB 2014 if any.
3. Details of papers submitted to VLDB 2014 (but not accepted) if any.
4. List of other publications, fellowships, awards or honors earned.
5. List of conferences attended, if any, in the past 3 years.
6. Total estimated costs for attending VLDB 2014; you must give a breakup of the costs as travel, hotel, food, visa, etc. Please do not include registration fees as these will be covered by the Fellowship. Indicate other sources of funds if estimate exceeds US$1,500.
7. In 100 words or less, explain the reasons why you are interested in database research and how you would benefit from attending the VLDB conference. The form must be submitted online, please do not send it by email.

Nominators should provide the following information about himself/herself and the applicant by email to on or before June 30, 2014 with the subject line of the email being "VLDB 2014 Travel Fellowship Nomination for ..Ħħ with a plain text body containing the following information:

1. Nominator's Name.
2. Nominator's University/College and Position.
3. Name of applicant.
4. A justification (in 100 words or less) for why the applicant deserves to receive this fellowship.
5. A short note about availability/non-availability of other funding sources.

The VLDB 2014 SPEND committee
Anastasia Ailamaki, Juliana Freire and S. Sudarshan