Early Career Mentorship Fund

Last Update: Jan, 2021

We are incorporating the erstwhile Early Career Mentorship grants into our revised Gary Marsden Travel Awards program. We are not accepting applications for this program. This page exists for reference as we wrap up previous commitments to covering travel costs.


This fund will support early-career scholars in HCI/UX from UNESCO’s list of developing countries to participate in a meeting for mentorship. Applicants must have received their PhD less than 5 years before applying to this fund and must be from and currently based in a UNESCO-defined developing country. Recipients are limited to one award from this fund.

This fund will help scholars to “kick start” their careers (including research, teaching, service, and practice) by meeting with a mentor (host) from an established relevant institution at an appropriate venue, for example, a university, lab, or practice.


The maximum amount of an individual award is $2500 USD, which can be used to support travel (up to $2000, economy class flight tickets, ground transportation) and accommodation (up to $500 at a rate of up to $100 per day).


Two documents in PDF format must be submitted, both by the applicant, one on behalf of the applicant and one on behalf of the mentor.

Applicant statement:

  • Statement of expected benefit and need of funding and plan for the meeting;
  • Purpose and plan for career development;
  • Reason for choice of mentor / group / institute;
  • PhD certificate;
  • SIGCHI membership number: applicant must be a SIGCHI member prior to the application.
  • A statement of the requested funding amount and a brief justification of the funding needs, as well as any fund obtained from other sources for this purpose.

Mentor statement:

  • Declaration of relevance of the meeting and mentorship;
  • Statement of availability to meet and mentor (without any costs).
  • Short biography of the mentor.

Applications are due on 15th of February, May, August and November each year. The applicant needs to submit the application to the fund committee chair at sigchi-ecmentor-chair@acm.org.

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