Applications must be received by September 11, 2017

Read about URISC@SC17 on the STEM-Trek site.


Cybersecurity professionals, HPC systems administrators, educators, researchers, tech project managers, and network engineers who are responsible for securing research computing systems and data at sub-Saharan African and U.S. colleges and universities in resource-constrained regions are welcome to apply – especially women and others from demographics that are under-represented in STEM academic tracks and careers.  Applicants must be at least 21 years old by November 1, 2017, and work at least 50 percent of the time in a support role helping students, faculty and staff leverage locally-hosted, or remotely-accessed advanced cyberinfrastructure for education and open research.

To Apply

A curriculum vitae or resume, full facial photograph and brief biography (200 words) should be included with a cover letter, adviser/supervisor recommendation letter and copy of an identification card or passport. US applicants may provide a photocopy of their driver’s license, or state or university-issued identification card. African applicants must provide a photocopy of their passport photo page. International travelers are responsible for securing their own visas (where applicable), and must have at least three blank pages in their passport.

We expect the process will be competitive. Therefore, cover letters must provide a justification for why the applicant should be supported, and how they intend to pay-it-forward—include specific and unique reasons.

The adviser/supervisor letter of recommendation should declare their support and describe how the university (or host institution) will benefit from the activity, that the release time from work is approved, and how the individual intends to share what they have learned with others. For example, they might teach a workshop, conduct a seminar, or mentor students who are following a relevant academic path.

Application Checklist

  1. Cover letter
  2. Photo ID copy (or passport photo page)
  3. Professional photograph/head shot. By providing your photo, you acknowledge that STEM-Trek and its collaborators may use it for publicity purposes on the public web site, and any communications collateral developed for the activity. Photos will be taken during the activity will also be used for promotional purposes unless you officially opt out (see number 7).
  4. Letter of recommendation (faculty, adviser or supervisor)
  5. CV/Resume (2-pages maximum).
  6. Brief biography explaining the applicant’s experience and interests (as they relate to HPC; in addition to what is already on their CV/Resume).
  7. Two brief essays (300 words, or one-page total):
    1. “How will this experience benefit me?” and “What are my expectations for this experience?”
    2. “How does the delegate intend to pay-it-forward at home?” (STEM-Trek encourages participants to provide a pay-it-forward proposal that describes how participants intend to share new information with others at home or how they can contribute in some other meaningful way that supports STEM-Trek objectives).
  8. If you do NOT authorize use of your photo, name or bio for publicity purposes, you must still provide a photograph with your application, but include a paragraph to explaining why in your cover letter. For example, some who perform cybersecurity forensics or auditing 50 percent of the time might opt for anonymity. In that case, disclose the conflict in your cover letter, and ask your adviser/supervisor to support the business case for anonymity in their letter of support.
  9. Delegates must purchase their own travel health insurance if their primary insurance does not cover travel. Proof of health insurance coverage is required before flights will be arranged.
  10. Non-US delegates are responsible for obtaining necessary visas.
  11. All applicants must sign the URISC @SC17 Code of Conduct which, by signing, indicates they agree to treat others with respect, be on time and attend all planned activities (including sponsored dinners). Travel awards and/or reimbursements are contingent upon delegates’ conduct.

Selections will be made by a multinational committee of volunteer reviewers led by Elizabeth Leake (STEM-Trek); the strongest applicants will be offered travel support.

Applications with .jpg and .doc (MSWord) attachments must be received by no later than September 11, 2017. Please use the subject line: APPLICATION FOR URISC@SC17

Award notification letters will issued on or before September 25, 2017. Final awards are contingent upon the final funding outcome (some donors are still considering the amount, and others may join).