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:

A limited number of fee waivers to attend co-located IRTF and IETF meetings are also 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 Applied Networking Research Workshop and IRTF meetings co-located with the IETF-120 Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada, in July 2024.

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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We will confirm receipt of travel grant applications by email. If you do not receive confirmation within 48 hours of submission please contact the IRTF Chair to confirm.

Applicants will be reviewed by a selection committee comprising:

Colin Perkins University of Glasgow
Reese 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 10, 2024
Diversity grant notification deadline May 24, 2024
IETF-120 Meeting in Vancouver July 20-26, 2024

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


  Netflix       Comcast       Comcast       Google        


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.

Travel grants may be made 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.