Call for Applications for ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Program

The Association for Computing Machinary (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society, two of the premiere organizations for computer and computing scientists, and members of CRA, are looking for exceptional PhD students in the high-performance computing field to apply for the George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Program. The details of the program, including application requirements and award benefits, are listed in the press release below. We encourage everyone who is interested to apply.


ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Program
Due May 1, 2015

The ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship honors exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus is on high-performance computing applications, networking, storage, or large-scale data analysis using the most powerful computers that are currently available. The award committee is selected by the two societies and includes past winners as well as leaders in the field.

The Fellowship reflects the two societies’ (ACM and IEEE-CS) long-standing commitment to workforce diversity. We encourage applications from women, minorities, international students, and all who contribute to diversity.


  • $5000 honorarium
  • Travel and registration to attend SC15 in Austin, TX and be honored at the Awards Session
  • Recognition with other HPC award winners on the ACM, IEEE-CS, and ACM SIGHPC websites

Selection Criteria

Candidates must be enrolled in a full-time PhD program at an accredited college or university and must meet the minimum scholarship requirements at their institution. They are expected to have completed at least one year of study, and have at least one year remaining between the application deadline and their expected graduation. Applications will be evaluated based on the following factors:

  • Overall potential for research excellence
  • Degree to which technical interests align with those of the HPC community
  • Evidence of academic progress to-date, including presentations and publications
  • Recommendations by faculty advisor and (optionally) others
  • Evidence of a plan of study to enhance HPC-related skills
  • Demonstration of current and planned future use of HPC resources


Candidates should submit their applications for the ACM – IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship using the online form available at Applications include the following components:

  • Name, email address, and contact information for the candidate
  • Name of the institution where candidate is enrolled, department chair, and basic enrollment information
  • Advisor’s recommendation: name and contact information for the applicant’s PhD advisor, who will be contacted to certify the applicant’s eligibility and to provide a written recommendation (candidates are responsible for providing information about the fellowship and their application to the advisor)
  • Endorsements: name and contact information for up to 2 additional faculty members or others who will be contacted to attest to the quality and value of the applicant’s graduate research (candidates are responsible for providing background information to each person included as an endorser)
  • Candidate’s statement: Brief description of the candidate’s PhD program, covering: (a) description of current research and its connection to HPC; (b) academic progress including classes taken; (c) description of a plan of study to enhance HPC-related skills; (d) description of current and future use of HPC resources. This is limited to 1500 words or a 2-page PDF file (using typical technical paper page standards: 11-point font or larger, single spaced text, fitting within 7.5” x 10” text area). Applications exceeding these limits will be disqualified.
  • Listing of presentations, papers, and posters authored by candidate


Submissions close: FRIDAY, 01 May 2015