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The deadline to apply for Student Grants was 8 February 2021. Awardees will be notified by 16 February 2021.


A number of student grants are available to help pay for NDSS Symposium registration fees for full-time students attending the 28th annual Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS) Symposium, 21-25 February 2021 held online.

The NDSS host, Internet Society, administers two types of student grants.

  • U.S.-based students: This grant is available to graduate and undergraduate students from U.S.-based educational institutions. You need not be a U.S. citizen, just studying at a U.S.-based institution.  Special considerations will be given to first-time attendees.
  • Non-U.S. based students: This grant is available to graduate and undergraduate students from non-U.S. based educational institutions. Special consideration will be given to students from emerging economies.

Both grants also strongly encourage applications from women and from students from under-represented minority communities. Where you attend school determines to which grant you should apply.

The deadline for Student Grants was 8 February 2021.

Please see our FAQ for a list of frequently asked questions about the NDSS Student Grants.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many student grants are available?

  • The actual number of student grants available is determined by the total amount of sponsorship money secured each year.

Which of the two grant types should I apply for?

NDSS host administers two types of student grants:

  • U.S.-based students: This grant is only available to graduate and undergraduate students from U.S.-based educational institutions. You need not be a U.S. citizen, just studying at a U.S.-based institution.  Special considerations will be given to first-time attendees.
  • Non-U.S. based students: This grant is available to graduate and undergraduate students from non-U.S. based educational institutions. Special consideration will be given to students from emerging economies.

Both grants also strongly encourage applications from women and from students from under-represented minority communities.  Where you attend school determines to which grant you should apply.

Who is eligible to submit an application for a grant?

  • Any graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in a security related program at a college or university.

What are the documents required for the application?

  • A completed online Student Grant Application.
  • Proof of student status:  a letter from your department stating that you are a student, OR a copy of your current transcript.
  • A brief CV or resume
  • Personal statement including why you believe you would benefit from attending NDSS, a brief statement of research interests, and areas reflected in the NDSS program that would impact your research.

NOTE:  All documents must be uploaded in a SINGLE PDF or Zip File. If you do not upload a SINGLE file by mistake, please email [email protected], as you will not be able to re-upload.

What DO the student grants cover?

NDSS 2021 Symposium and Workshop Registration fees.

How will awards be determined?

  • All awards will be determined by a selection committee established by members of the NDSS Steering Group and Program Committee.
  • Considerations for grant recipients will include:
    • Evidence of serious interest and aptitude in the security field, as demonstrated by coursework and/or project experience;
    • Evidence of community leadership interests and skills, as demonstrated by engagement with the broader community;
    • Evidence of collaboration and teamwork activities, especially as applied to problems in the security field;
    • Identified benefit from attendance and participation, particularly how participating in the symposium could shape the student’s future studies and/or research;
    • Demonstrated potential as an emerging security researcher who could contribute to the publish content at future NDSS symposia;
    • Considerations for students from underrepresented communities and first-time attendees; and
    • Proof of enrollment in a security-related program at a college/university.

Are student authors eligible to apply and if so, is that an additional consideration during selection?

  • Student authors are eligible to apply for a grant with the caveat that the selection committee will consider it as “demonstrated potential as an emerging security researcher”.

What is the timing for the application deadline and announcement of the award recipients?

  • Applications are due 8 February 2021
  • Awardees will be notified by 16 February 2021.
  • If you have already registered and paid and you receive a grant, you will receive a refund after NDSS.