For Students

Why come to GECCO as a student?

GECCO offers a unique opportunity to increase your career profile by learning, competing, and publishing. Tutorials provided at no cost to conference attendees and competitions are unique to GECCO. Furthermore, attached to the conference is the Summer School, taking place just before the conference, allowing you to learn related skills ranging from research (i.e. reproducibility) to applications (i.e. modeling problems)!

If you need help in finding your place at GECCO or on student related activities and opportunities, do not hesitate to contact Ying Bi (yingbi@ecs.vuw.ac.nz) and Nelishia Pillay (nelishia.pillay@up.ac.za), to support you on the way. Please specify Student GECCO 2023 in the subject line.

Student Travel Grants

Full-time students (graduate or under-graduate) can apply for an ACM Student Travel Grant to attend GECCO 2023. Grants cover:

  1. Registration fee for the conference in full.
  2. Transportation and accommodation reimbursed in part for a maximum of the award granted (the recipient will be required to submit receipts for reimbursement ).

The amount awarded will be communicated as part of the grant award notification. A requirement of the award is that the awardee must serve as a student volunteer at GECCO 2023. Priority will be given to students with accepted papers. We recommend that you proceed with the registration only after receiving notification of acceptance for your submission(s).

You can find the application form here: https://gecco-2023.sigevo.org/Student-Travel-Grant-Application-Form

Important dates

Application deadline: May 5, 2023

ACM-W Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

Target audience

ACM-W provides support for women undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science and related programs to attend research conferences. This exposure to the CS research world can encourage a student to continue on to the next level (Undergraduate to Graduate, Masters to Ph.D., Ph.D. to an industry or academic position). The student does not have to present a paper at the conference.

Offered Support

ACM-W scholarships are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel.

Important Dates

ACM-W Applications due by April 15, 2023
Notifications by April 30, 2023

Application and selection

In order for an application to be considered for an award, each applicant must set up a free ACM web account in order to complete the application. During the application process, GECCO should be selected as conference choice. For further details on the scholarships, please refer to the ACM-W Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences page. Applications are submitted online at https://women.acm.org/scholarships/.

Student Workshop

Students have the possibility to present their work on a dedicated Student Workshop. You are now invited to submit contributions to the student workshop. See the Call for Student Workshop page for details.


Student Affairs Chairs:
Ying Bi: yingbi (at) ecs.vuw.ac.nz
Nelishia Pillay: nelishia.pillay (at) up.ac.za