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Turing Award Celebration Grant Application

The ACM A.M. Turing Award, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing,” carries a $1 million prize with financial support provided by Google, Inc. It is named for Alan M. Turing, the British mathematician who articulated the mathematical foundation and limits of computing and who was a key contributor to the Allied cryptoanalysis of the German Enigma cipher during World War II.

On June 23 and 24, 2017, past ACM Turing Award winners will join other ACM award recipients at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California, for a very special event: The 50 Years of the ACM Turing Award Celebration. For two days, ACM Turing laureates and other experts will participate in a moderated panel exploring how computing has evolved and where the field is headed. This historic event has been created in honor of five decades of the ACM Turing Award, the most prestigious award in the field of computer science, and the deserving scientists who have received it.

Attendance at this event is extremely limited, but ACM SIGGRAPH will be sponsoring 10 students, recent grads or postdocs to attend.

Application Deadline - EXTENDED!

April 2, 2017 (11:59 p.m. PDT, 6:59 a.m. UTC/GMT)

Grant Information

Students selected for a Turing Award Celebration Grant will receive:

  • Registration to the ACM Turing Award Celebration
  • Two nights at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco
  • Up to $900 to help offset the cost of travel/subsistence (via reimbursement check on submission of receipts)
  • Access to special sessions that include the opportunity to meet ACM Turing Award winners


Eligible applicants must be:

  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics or other interdisciplinary computing program
  • OR a recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate computer graphics program (graduated within a year)
  • OR a postdoctoral scholar
  • Have a research interest in computer graphics
  • Have a demonstrated research capability through their publication record appropriate for their level of study
  • Be a member of ACM SIGGRAPH

Application Process

Each candidate must provide the following through the form below:

  • A statement outlining why they want to attend the event (500 word limit)
  • A CV, including a list of publications
  • Contact information for two faculty references who have agreed to endorse the application (references will be contacted if the applicant is shortlisted)

Additional Information

International applicants are encouraged.

Online Application

Please fill out the form below to apply for one of the Turing Award Celebration Grants.