ACM SIGCHI aims to support the HCI community in a number of ways, including supporting community-building events and initiatives, providing travel awards, and other things. This portal is currently open to applications. Please see the calls below, and note the guidelines for submissions. 

The SIGCHI Executive Committee (EC) welcomes volunteers who are interested in serving on the awards subcommittees for SIGCHI. As stated on the SIGCHI.org website, the SIGCHI Awards identify and honor leaders and shapers of the field of human-computer interaction within SIGCHI. We currently present awards in seven categories (read more about them here):

  • SIGCHI Lifetime Research Award
  • SIGCHI Lifetime Practice Award
  • SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award
  • SIGCHI Social Impact Award
  • SIGCHI Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • SIGCHI Special Recognition Award
  • Election to the SIGCHI Academy

With the research-and-practice awards subcommittee being split into two last year, one dedicated to research and the other to practice, we have five awards subcommittees to oversee the review of the above. Each of these awards subcommittees consists of several members and is overseen by a chair. Together, the subcommittees form the Awards Committee, a part of the SIGCHI Executive Committee. 

Last year, we made some adjustments to the SIGCHI Awards processes, based on input and feedback from current and prior EC members, awards subcommittee chairs, and members of the SIGCHI community. Read more about them on our Awards Updates page. In line with these updates, we are implementing open calls to fill openings on the following subcommittees, and invite you to apply.

Criteria for Awards Subcommittee Members/Chairs
To ensure rigor and integrity of the awards process, and to do so in a way that is open, transparent, equitable, and inclusive, we would like our subcommittees to consist of members who show evidence in their applications of the following:

  1. Recognition within HCI/SIGCHI: Applicants could be previous SIGCHI awardees or SIGCHI Academy members, ACM Distinguished Members/Fellows/Senior Members, recipients of similar awards from other recognized bodies including universities or technology companies, prior EC members, or present other equivalent experience that would be determined on a case-by-case basis by the current EC.
  2. Experience within the SIGCHI community: This is the number of years that an individual has been a member of SIGCHI. Certain awards subcommittees benefit more from years of experience than others. This is clarified in the subcommittees with available roles below.
  3. Commitment to the values of the SIGCHI community: Applicants can provide examples of how they have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and/or their own experiences with these, taken broadly. These examples could draw from any aspect of their lives.
  4. Willingness to put in the required time for the role: Review of awards nominations requires time and care, and applicants are requested to seriously consider whether they will be available for reviewing applications, but also for contributing to strengthening the process with each year.

There are openings to serve on all subcommittees, as specified in the application form. 

In addition to specifying your experience serving SIGCHI, please also tell us in your application if you have been previous SIGCHI awardees or SIGCHI Academy members, ACM Distinguished Members/Fellows/Senior Members, recipients of similar awards from other recognized bodies including universities or technology companies, prior EC members, or present other equivalent experience that may be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Every effort will be made to ensure that our subcommittees as a whole are diverse along several dimensions, including gender, location, ethnicity, epistemic commitment, career stage, institution, etc.

Responsibilities of Members
Please note that serving on awards committees entails the following responsibilities:

  • inviting nominations widely, in conjunction with the efforts of the SIGCHI Communications Committee
  • articulating a reviewing process that works for the committee—to be reviewed each year for updates as needed,
  • evaluating nominations made on Submittable—to be coordinated by the Executive Committee,
  • providing the EC with a list of recommended candidates to be checked in the ACM Sanctions DB,
  • and contributing towards the awards distribution processes, contingent on availability.

During the review process, from the time that the nominations are solicited and submitted to the time that the reviews are completed (roughly a 3-month period), members of the awards committee may expect to devote 3-5 hours a week. All members, chairs included, are invited to serve for up to three years. 


Please Note
Before SIGCHI signs on volunteers, it must check their status on the ACM Sanctions Database. By filling out this form, you are confirming that you are okay with this look-up. Applicants can have their data removed from the system by either withdrawing their application from Submittable or contacting SIGCHI with a request (sigchi-request@acm.org).

The Gary Marsden Travel Awards support undergraduate and graduate students, early-career researchers (such as those who are ≤ 5 years post-graduation), and those suffering from financial hardship or lacking institutional support, in attending ACM SIGCHI conferences. We aim to prioritize presenters and first-timers. Please also note the following:

  • You must be a SIGCHI member at the time of application in order to be eligible. Read about membership and how to sign up on the SIGCHI website.
  • We are covering both physical and virtual attendance at SIGCHI conferences. Please note that we have removed limits on the number of times you can submit an application for virtual attendance, due to lower registration costs for virtual conferences. For physical travel, you can only receive GMTA support once.
  • We will award funds to no more than one presenter per submission. Also, we will award funds to no more than one student per advisor, per submission cycle.
  • We recommend that you apply for a travel award as soon as you have a conference submission accepted. If you do not have an accepted submission, however, you can still apply. If we have a large number of applicants, we will prioritize first-time attendees and presenters specifically. Acceptances can include papers, posters/extended abstracts (including for workshops/symposia), works in progress, demos, case studies, etc. If you will need to apply for a visa, you may apply for the travel award before your submission has been accepted.
  • The committee reviews applications every two months, at the start of every odd-numbered month, starting with January. We will try to offer faster turnaround times (two weeks) for applicants who need to apply for visas. Note that ACM policy allows for visa letters to be generated upon paper acceptance. Normal turnaround times will be one month. We will also reimburse visa fees, including in scenarios where the visa is denied or travel restrictions (outside your control) arise.
  • SIGCHI is currently working on partnering with a travel agency to make travel arrangements for the awardees. This should reduce upfront travel costs for those who avail the service. Other costs such as accommodation are generally reimbursed, but if you need further support for upfront costs, please contact us at sigchi-4all@acm.org beforehand.
  • For physical travel, we will also give you options to include carbon offsets in your budget. This is to balance the environmental costs of travel from our travel awards.
  • Recipients of other SIGCHI travel support (e.g., SIGCHI awards) can redirect travel support to a student through the GMTA. The student awardees will be determined by the GMTA committee, unless the aforementioned recipient intends to identify who they wish to support.

Apply: Deadlines are on the 9th of January, March, May, July, September, and November at 11:59 PM AoE, but if we are offering extensions, the new deadline will be noted on this call. You must apply to a deadline that occurs more than one month prior to the start of the conference that you plan to attend (we recommend applying as soon as you have your conference acceptance). For transparency, recipients will be announced periodically on the SIGCHI website, and any changes in evaluation metrics will be highlighted when relevant. Email sigchi-4all@acm.org with any questions about GMTA or fixes/feedback for the application form.

The SIGCHI Development Fund (SDF) provides resources for the SIGCHI community to spur communication, innovation, and expansion of HCI at the global and local levels. As we have in the past, we continue to invite projects aiming to experiment with new opportunities, reach out to new groups, promote sustainability, inclusivity, and accessibility, and support mentoring opportunities. This year we are introducing additional funds to support small sustainability initiatives. All SIGCHI members are eligible to apply.

If you have any further questions, please look at the FAQ on the SIGCHI website or direct them to sigchi-dev-fund@acm.org.

What kinds of initiatives does the SDF support?

We are currently prioritizing hybrid in-person/virtual initiatives, where the funding is mainly used to promote a better hybrid experience and interaction between remote and in-person attendees at events.

For sustainability activities, we are entirely open to a range of interpretations and ways to promote socio-ecological sustainability, whether they focus on raising awareness or on hands-on activities about resourcing, recycling, or reusing.

Overall, we strongly encourage proposals that align with SIGCHI's commitment to addressing racial and other systemic injustices.

Examples of initiatives we are looking to fund include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Events for connecting different communities, which could be in the sense of geography, discipline, or academics/industry, etc.
  • Tutoring or paper-writing workshops for new authors to submit to SIGCHI conferences.
  • Summer schools or mentoring activities.
  • Initiatives organized by SIGCHI chapters.
  • Events to promote/support diversity and inclusion at a SIGCHI conference.
  • Mechanisms to support underrepresented groups (disciplinarily or demographically) to present at a SIGCHI conference or one of its workshops.

Our blog on the SIGCHI Medium includes other examples of recently funded initiatives, which can be used for inspiration.

How much funding can a proposal request?

Sustainability activities can receive up to USD 5,000 for funding local and global collaborations.

Other events/initiatives are capped to:

  • USD 5,000 for virtual initiatives, either stand-alone or part of hybrid initiatives
  • USD 10,000 for in-person events, either stand-alone or part of hybrid initiatives

How is a proposal reviewed?

A proposal should address the following items and provide any other information about the event/initiative that seems relevant:

  • Organizing Committee: We will look for relevant experience to signal success and organizing teams with complementary skills. We aim to prioritize proposals coming from members of the SIGCHI community.
  • Primary Sponsor: The proposal must include the conference name if the initiative is happening at a SIGCHI conference. Otherwise, the proposal must indicate the organization sponsoring the event, such as a university, a company, a non-profit, etc. This organization will need to send an invoice to us with the total granted amount and fill out a tax form before the funding can be disbursed directly. Please note that, in this case, the initiative will be supported by SIGCHI, and SIGCHI won’t be financially or legally liable for the event. The FAQ page provides further information about this process.
  • Explanation of Need: The proposal must elucidate how the project would provide value to SIGCHI members, i.e., to experiment with new opportunities, reach out to new groups, promote inclusivity and accessibility, or support mentoring opportunities.
  • Feasibility of Plan: The proposal must convey a well-defined agenda with clear outcomes. The funding will be for a single activity, although the activity might take place over an extended period. There must also be a plan for sharing takeaways and lessons learned with the SIGCHI community.
  • Suitability of Format: Since events that offer multiple formats for participation can be more inclusive, accessible, and sustainable, we will prioritize hybrid initiatives that ask for funding towards this goal.
  • Soundness of Budget: The proposal must include a clear and suitable budget with justifications according to a given template.

Is there a specific timeline for the grant?

The SDF has an ongoing open call! You can expect notifications around one month after the submission. After the completion of the event, we will ask for a brief report in the form of a Medium blog post.

The SIGCHI Executive Committee (EC) welcomes volunteers who are interested in working with us to improve and strengthen SIGCHI and support its processes. Through this open call, we plan to create a live record of volunteers whom we can match with openings across committee roles on the EC. 

You are welcome to nominate yourself or someone else. Please indicate your/your nominees' background(s) of relevance, commitments for volunteering, and availability as completely as possible. This is standard across our open calls. On average, these roles may take up 2-3 hours on a weekly basis, and 8-12 hours per month. Please reach out to sigchi-4all@acm.org if you have any questions.


Please note: 

  • Before SIGCHI appoints any volunteers, we must check their status on the ACM Sanctions Database. Once you agree to be considered for a role on a committee, you are confirming that you are okay with this look-up. If the database does produce a positive result, we will inform you so that you are able to withdraw your consideration, should you choose to do so.
  • The data collected by the SIGCHI Executive Committee in this and other surveys are used to inform future decisions that impact our community. 
  • You can withdraw your form anytime you believe you are no longer interested in volunteering. You can also withdraw your nomination as per your preference.
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