VLDB 2021: Attendance Support

We are very happy to announce attendance support opportunities for students and young researchers to attend VLDB 2021, which takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 16-20, 2021. We have two sources of fellowships: (1) the ones offered by the VLDB Endowment, and (2) the ones offered by NSF. Below are further details for both.

  1. The VLDB Endowment attendance grants provide financial support to students and young researchers affiliated with universities with limited funding opportunities. Grants have a strong focus on universities in developing countries (as listed by ACM) to attend the VLDB 2021 conference either virtually or in-person.
    The long-term goal of the program is to encourage talented young scientists to pursue a career in database research. The VLDB Attendance Support Program provides grants for roughly 100 virtual and 9 in-person attendees funded by the VLDB Endowment. These will allow free registration for virtual and in-person attendees and provide an amount of up to US$1,500 for travel and lodging for in-person attendees. Recipients of the travel support are responsible for their own travel arrangements, including health insurance, if necessary. While the free registration amount will be provided by a voucher code at registration time, the amount for the travel and lodging costs of the in-person attendees will be paid in the form of a reimbursement either during or after the conference.

  2. The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports travel for US-based students (enrolled in a US university). The support will be similar in nature to the in-person attendance grants described above - it will provide up to US$1,500 towards travel and lodging in addition to the voucher-based free registration and reimbursement during or after the conference for travel and lodging. Please note that successful applicants of the NSF-funded travel support are obliged to use US-flag airline carriers for traveling and will be required to deliver a short written report after the conference.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

For VLDB Endowment grants:
Applicants must be full-time students in good standing (graduate or undergraduate), or postdoctoral fellows/researchers, or faculty members who are either

For NSF-funded travel support:
Applicants must be US full-time students in good standing (graduate or undergraduate) who are either

Applicants for either of the offered travel support must explicitly state that they do not have any other funding to attend. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate keen interest in database research and are from regions that are under-represented in the database community; presenting a paper accepted at the main conference or the workshops in VLDB 2021 is welcome but not mandatory.

Application Process

Applicants should fill in the form at https://forms.gle/yBcik7MdWjzh1AKw8 by June 21, 2021. Applicants must also have a nominator (faculty advisor for student applicants, or senior faculty member or department head for faculty applicants), who must fill in the nominator form following the link: https://forms.gle/ycfVaxCWfJThwWPk9.

Additionally, nominators are kindly asked to send an extra email from their official email-account to vldb2021fellowships(AT)gmail.com, before June 21 2021, with the subject line of the email being "VLDB 2021 Attendance Support Nomination for " in which they confirm their nomination of the applicant.

Should you have any problems with opening the links or filling in the forms, please contact us via vldb2021fellowships(AT)gmail.com. Please note: Applications of US students will be automatically assessed also for the NSF-funded travel grant. US-students do not need to follow a separate application process.

Selected candidates will be informed by July 1, 2021. Persons applying for the VLDB travel support are advised to not register before hearing from us (or by July 15, 2021, if for some reason you don't hear from us by then), since the travel support includes free registration; note that the early registration deadline is July 15, 2021.

SPEND Committee VLDB Endowment

Bin Cui, Peking University, China
Philippe Bonnet, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Sharad Mehrotra, UCI
Felix Naumann, Hasso Plattner Institute, University of Potsdam