How to Nominate

Nominations open:      March 15, 2018   NOW CLOSED
Nominations close:      April 30, 2018
Winners announced: by July 31

To be considered for an ACM SIGHPC / Intel Computational & Data Science Fellowship, a nomination must meet the following requirements:

  • The candidate must be:
    • Currently enrolled in a graduate program or accepted to begin in one no later than October 15 of this year
    • Pursuing a graduate degree – Master’s, PhD, or equivalent – in computational or data science (although the formal name of the program may be somewhat different; see main webpage for examples)
    • Less than halfway through her/his planned program of study (with preference given to students who are still early in their studies)
    • A woman and/or a member of a racial/ethnic group that is currently underrepresented in the computing field in the country where the student will earn the degree
  • The nominator must be the candidate’s current graduate advisor (or if the student is not yet enrolled, must have agreed to take on advising responsibility when the student arrives)
  • The nominator must coordinate with the head of the academic department to ensure only one current/future student from that department is being nominated
  • The candidate must provide up-to-date contact information for an endorser who is a current or former instructor, project supervisor, or employer who has personal knowledge of the student’s past accomplishments
  • The nominator, candidate, and endorser must each submit their required materials (in sequence) using SIGHPC’s online nomination system, prior to the deadline

In accordance with ACM policies on conflict-of-interest, the following are ineligible to serve as nominators or endorsers:  officers of ACM, members of the SIGHPC Executive Committee, members of the Fellowship Selection Committee.

Don't forget to read the FAQs (frequently asked questions) for helpful information. You may also find it helpful to read Deborah Hanus' blog post offering tips and insights from a 2016 winner.

Submissions site:

What the Nominator Provides

The nominator is asked to provide details about the candidate’s graduate degree program (including some financial information), explain why the program qualifies as “computational or data science,” identify the reasons why the candidate is appropriate for a fellowship “to promote diversity in computing” (limited to 300 characters each), and submit a nomination statement in support of the candidate (limited to 1 page). See the sample nomination form for details. We strongly suggest submitting the materials no later than April 10 to allow time for the candidate and endorser submissions.

What the Candidate Provides

Once the nomination has been submitted, the system will automatically contact the candidate with instructions on how to provide further details. The candidate will be asked to indicate her/his motivation for pursuing the degree (limited to 500 characters), upload a PDF version of her/his CV, and provide contact information for an endorser. See the sample candidate form for details. We strongly suggest submitting the materials no later than April 15 to allow time for the endorser submission.

What the Endorser Provides

Once the candidate has submitted the appropriate information, the system will automatically contact the endorser with instructions on how to endorse the nomination. The endorser provides basic information about how he/she knows the candidate and a brief statement (limited to 1000 characters) indicating what he/she has personally observed in terms of the candidate’s abilities, self-motivation, and achievements. See the sample endorsement form for details.