FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

When will the winners be notified?

All nominators and nominees will be informed of the final decisions in July. Shortly thereafter, the winners' names will be announced on the SIGHPC website.

Are male students eligible for the fellowships?  

That depends. A male would need to be a member of an identifiable racial/ethnic group that the country and/or university defines as underrepresented. That's why we have the advisor, not the student, address this criterion. Examples might be members of an economically disadvantaged tribal group (e.g., First Nations in Canada) or a racial/ethnic group that typically does not pursue university education (e.g., Lapp groups in Scandinavia) or rarely enters the computing profession (e.g., African-Americans in the US). Note that the group must be considered underrepresented - by the government or some recognized agency - in computing in the country of study. University administrators track that kind of information and can answer questions about the criteria in your country.

Does "xxxx" count as computational science?  

Computational science and data science are defined on the fellowships webpage.  Our interpretation is very broad, but the advisor is required to explain why his/her program qualifies, as part of the nomination.

Is there any restriction on what the student has previously studied?

Not at all.  We welcome applications from students who are coming to data/computational science from non-traditional backgrounds (forestry, agricultural or life sciences, liberal arts, etc.).

Does "halfway through the proposed plan of study" refer to courses, research, or both?  

The "plan of study" is intended to include both phases of study: coursework and research. That is, the student must be less than halfway from enrolling in the program to completing the degree, as of August when the award will be made. The intent is to fund students who are near the start of their graduate career, and preference will be given to students in their first or second year of study.

Does the nominator, endorser, or student have to be a member of ACM?  

There are no membership requirements - neither ACM nor SIGHPC - for anyone.

Can the nominator and endorser be the same person?  

No.  The nominator must be the student's advisor, while the endorser must be someone else who knows the student's work well.

The nomination form asks how much financial support will the candidate be receiving each year from the institution, grants, etc.? Should I just enter the total annual research assistant salary our students currently receive? 

If your student also receives other support from the unit or University (such as health insurance, cost-of-living allowance, recurring scholarships, etc.), please include the value of those as well as salary. Ideally the student will already be receiving at least some type of support. Note that the conditions of the Fellowship state that the stipend is intended to augment that support, not replace it.

Will there be feedback if the nomination is unsuccessful?  

This is an award, not a submission-and-review process. ACM's policy is that no individual feedback can be given to award nominators, since it might give them an unfair advantage.If you have a specific question that might benefit others as well, send it to fellowships@sighpc.org and we may add it as a new FAQ.

What if my question isn't listed here? 

If you're a student, discuss your concerns with your advisor or department head. Faculty often know the answers from dealing with research proposals or fellowships or will be able to find out by looking at the website (nomination websites can be hard for students to interpret correctly). If there's still a question, we invite advisors to contact us directly at fellowships@sighpc.org.