Travel Grants

The IRTF is pleased to be able to provide a limited number of travel grants and other financial support to attend research group meetings and workshops. The following types of support are available:

Diversity Travel Grants

We are pleased to offer a number of Diversity Travel Grants to support early-career academics and PhD students from under-represented groups to attend the IRTF meetings co-located with the IETF-117 Meeting in San Francisco, USA, in July 2023.

The selection criteria for IRTF Diversity Grants will prioritize people who:

Interested applicants should submit an application letter and up-to-date CV as PDF documents. The application letter should be clearly state the following information:

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If the applicant is a PhD student, their adviser must also send a letter of support verifying the applicant’s good standing in the institution, and confirming that they have completed at least one year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) PhD study.

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Applicants will be reviewed by a selection committee comprising:

Colin Perkins University of Glasgow
Theresa Enghardt Netflix
Brian Trammell Google
Allison Mankin Salesforce
Jane Coffin Connect Humanity
Melinda Shore No Mountain Software

Important dates are as follows:

Diversity grant application deadline May 15 22, 2023
Diversity grant notification deadline May 22 29, 2023
IETF-117 Meeting in San Francisco July 22-28, 2023

IRTF diversity travel grants are supported by Netflix, Comcast, and Akamai.


Netflix       Comcast       Comcast


Support for remote attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic: The focus of the diversity travel grants is on in-person attendance at IRTF meetings co-located with the IETF since we believe this offers the best opportunity to connect with the community. We recognise that the COVID-19 pandemic is still causing difficultiess with travel for many, however, and so will also consider applications to offset reasonable costs incurred to support remote attendance (e.g., childcare, travel to a local meeting hub, etc.) where such would encourage diversity of participation. Such applications should be submitted following the process for diversity travel grants outlined above. We are grateful to Comcast for this support.

Fee waivers for remote attendance are available under a separate programme and are not covered by these diversity grants.

Applied Networking Research Workshop Travel Grants

The ACM/IRTF Applied Networking Research Workshop (ANRW) is an annual academic workshop that provides a forum for researchers, vendors, network operators, and the Internet standards community to present and discuss emerging results in applied networking research, and to find inspiration from topics and open problems discussed at the IETF.

A number of travel grants are available for students to attend the ANRW each year. The requirements, application process, and deadline vary slightly each year, so please see the ANRW webpage for details of the current workshop and its travel grant programme.

Support to attend co-located IRTF and IETF meetings

Many IRTF Research Groups meet co-located with IETF standards meetings. Registration for these meetings is handled by the IETF, and a single registration permits attendance at the IETF working groups and at any co-located IRTF research group meetings. The IETF offers a substantial discount on the registration fee for full-time students, and a discounted pass for one day attendance.

The IRTF has a limited number of complementary one day passes available to cover registration costs for those who would not otherwise be able to attend in-person IRTF research group meetings co-located with the IETF. Contact the IRTF chair for details, explaining why you need such a pass, and stating what research group(s) you wish to attend, at what meeting, and what contribution you will make to the group.

Live streaming and remote attendance at such meetings is also available, subject to registration in advance. A registration fee is charged for remote participation, but the IETF operates a fee waiver programme for cases where the remote participation fee is a barrier to participation.