ACM SIGCHI Early Career Mentorship for Developing Communities



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 have been a SIGCHI member for at least one year 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).


Applications are due on March 1 and September 1 (For 2018, this deadline is postponed to October 1) each year. The applicant needs to submit the application to the fund committee chair at


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