NSF Travel Grants

Please see answers to some common questions below the link to apply. 

We have received a United States National Science Foundation (NSF) Travel grant to help those residing in the United States with travel costs to attend the ACM CompEd 2019 conference May 17-19, 2019.

These grants are for people currently at an academic institution that is located in the United States.

You can apply for a travel grant (for up to $1000) for reimbursement towards airfare (on an American carrier) to attend the CompEd 2019 conference in Chengdu in May 2019.

The travel must be:

1) for economy round-trip airfare between the individual’s home or institution, and the conference.

2) on a U.S. Carrier. See the rules under Article 14 at the link below for more details and for exceptions. 


Funds can only be used for travel for those attending the conference. The funds cannot be used for others. For example, the funds cannot be used for travel for dependents.

Reimbursement of travel expenses will happen after the conference. You must attend the conference to be reimbursed. 

Apply for a travel grant by Feb. 9, 2019. Due to the late notification, we will consider late applications.  For those who apply by February 9, notifications will be made by February 16.

If you have any questions you can contact Susan Rodger at comped2019@easychair.org.

APPLY HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/sEWaSCpMxv7hF3ED2

Answers to common questions:

Q1: Is there a US carrier for flights inside China? There is not a US Carrier inside China. But there are carriers in China that have agreements with U.S. Carriers. For instance, China Southern has one with Delta and maybe other airlines. See the airline alliance websites: Oneworld, Star Alliance, SkyTeam, etc.

If you purchase a roundtrip airline ticket from an American carrier like Delta, American or United, flights inside China will be ticketed by the American carrier. 

You could also purchase tickets on a US Carrier say to and from Beijing and then purchase separate tickets between Beijing and Chengdu. If you do that be sure they are affiliated with US Carriers if you want to be reimbursed for that part of the journey. 

Please also get a quote now or at the same time you purchase your ticket for a round-trip ticket from flying to and from Chengdu, just to show the cost difference. Especially if you stay a day or two somewhere. (see Q2 below) 

Q2: Can I make stops on the way to/from Chengdu? The traveler may make intervening stops; however, only the amount of the direct, round-trip, US home institution airport – Chengdu ticket may be reimbursed.

A quote for the direct, round-trip, US home institution airport – Chengdu ticket MUST be secured at the same time as the other ticket is booked. This quote MUST be submitted with the travel documentation, so it is available for an auditor’s review.

Thus you must turn in sample cost for a ticket to Chengdu and back, in addition to the actual ticket that goes to another place. 

If you already purchased such a ticket, get that quote now. 

Q3: How long can I stay in China? Since this NSF award does not cover anything other than travel expenses for the CompEd 2019 Conference, it is irrelevant how long a person stays in China after the conference; the round trip US home institution airport – Chengdu airfare expense should be unaffected by the length of the stay in-country and is all that would be reimbursed. If the traveler is going to another location in China, then they should follow the directions provided in answer to question 2 (above).