FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

When will the winners be notified?
All nominators and nominees will be informed of the final decisions in early 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 professions (e.g., African-Americans in the US).

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. 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.

The nomination form asks for the "annual value of financial support that the institution provides/will provide to the candidate" - should I just enter the total annual RA/TA salary our students currently receive? 

If your student also receives other support from the unit or University (such as tuition and fees remission, health insurance, recurring scholarships, etc.), please include the value of those as well as salary. Ideally there is such support already. The Fellowship stipend is intended to augment that support, not replace it.

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.

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 fellows@sighpc.org and we may add it as a new FAQ.

What if my question isn't listed here? 

If you're a student, please ask your advisor. He/she will often know the answer or will be able to find out by looking at the website (nomination and proposal websites can be hard to follow). If there's still a question, we invite advisors to contact us directly at fellowships@sighpc.org.