Travel Grants

The participation of African Researchers at leading AI conferences such as NeurIPS, ICLR and ICML is typically low. One of the contributing factors to this status quo is a lack of access to funding to cover travel and associated expenses that would make their attendance possible.

We hope to alleviate this situation by availing travel grant funding for early career researchers, Master’s and PhD students, as well as more experienced researchers and academics from countries classified as ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle income economy’ by the World Bank Country Classification found here

Partial and full travel grant funding is available for researchers who meet the stipulated criteria. 50% of this funding has been designated for women and is expected to cover costs such as travel, per diems and visa fees. 

While we have earmarked the below conferences as some we are keen on supporting attendance to, a request for support to attend others relevant to your research will be reviewed and considered.

  1. AAAI: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (February 2020)
  2. ICLR: International Conference on Learning Representations (April 2020)
  3. ICASSP: International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (May 2020)
  4. AI for Good (May 2020)
  5. ICCV: International Conference on Computer Vision (June 2020)
  6. CVPR: Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (June 2020)
  7. ICML:  International Conference on Machine Learning (July 2020)
  8. ACL: Association for Computational Linguistics (July 2020)
  9. COLT: Conference On Learning Theory (July 2020)
  10. ICIP: International Conference on Image Processing (October 2020)
  11. EMNLP: Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (November 2020)
  12. NeurIPS: Neural Information Processing Systems (December 2020)

Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis with upto 6 grants awarded each quarter. We will review applications for funding no more than 4 months ahead of the conference/workshop and no less than one month to the conference/workshop. Ie. if the event you would like to attend is more than 4 months away, it is too early to apply, and if it less than a month away, it is too late to apply.

Criteria
Early Career Researcher

  • Must be an African Master’s or PhD student at an academic institution on the African continent or an African researcher affiliated with an academic institution on the African continent who has received their PhD within the last 5 years 
  • Must have work accepted at an international conference or workshop or have a track record of work relevant to the field or focus area of the conference or workshop

Experienced Researcher or Academic

  • Must be an African academic at an academic institution on the African continent or an African researcher affiliated with an academic institution on the African continent. 
  • Must be from a country classified as a ‘low-income economy’ or a ‘lower-middle income economy’ by the World Bank Country Classification found here.
  • Must have work accepted at an international conference/workshop or have a track record of work relevant to the field or focus area of the conference or workshop.

To apply, kindly fill out this form.