Grants and Awards

ISCA Grants | INTERSPEECH 2014 Student Travel Grants | ISCA Best Student Paper Awards |
Best Show & Tell Prize |

ISCA Grants

General Information

ISCA will offer grants to students and young scientists (age<35) in order to help them attend the conference. The grants will be disbursed at the registration desk during INTERSPEECH conference. Each grant is equivalent to 650 Euros. After deducting a student registration package (280 Euros), 370 Euros will be disbursed to the recipients in cheque or cash for accommodation.

All grant recipients are strongly encouraged to participate in the Student Volunteer Program with a workload of one day or 3 sessions for the entire conference. For details - please refer to the Student Volunteer Program page.


The grants for participation in INTERSPEECH 2014 will be administered by the ISCA Board and awarded, according to the available budget, to applicants who provide the information listed below:

The purpose of these grants is to guarantee a representation of the diverse scientific topics of the conference and a cross-section of the international speech community as wide as possible. Exceptionally, researchers in special situations like unemployment or coming from low income-level countries could also apply. Applicants from all countries are eligible.

Application Process

Applicants should complete the application form with additional documents:

  1. Curriculum Vitae with academic records
  2. Complete list of previous publications (title, year, co-authors journal/book/proceedings, pages)
  3. List of the conferences and workshops previously attended
  4. Letter of acceptance of the paper(s) from the conference organizers
  5. Copy of the original manuscript(s) accepted to the conference
  6. Recommendation letter (email is acceptable) from the Director of your Laboratory

Please submit the application package by sending an email with subject heading “ISCA Grants for INTERSPEECH 2014” to the grants coordinator Prof. Alan Black: before 17 June 2014. Prof. Alan Black will send notification letter to all applicants.

For more information of grant application, please refer to

As there is a limited period for application, interested applicants are encouraged to start preparing the required documents if s/he would like to consider this source of support to attend INTERSPEECH 2014.

Important Dates

Grant application will start after the paper acceptance notification:

June 10, 2014

Grant application deadline:

June 17, 2014

Notification of grant acceptance:

June 24, 2014

Early Registration:

July 10, 2014

Registration Procedure

All grant recipients must be ISCA members to receive the grants.

The ISCA grants cover a complimentary student registration (equivalent to 280 Euros) and a cash balance (370 Euros). The complimentary student registration to INTERSPEECH includes the technical program, reception, and banquet, but excludes other options (such as tutorials). Grant recipients please inform the organizer your Registration ID, which you can obtain from the online registration system, before you make payment (if any) so that the organizer can waive your student registration fee by changing your account setting.

All grants will be disbursed onsite, during the conference. Please see Dr Tong Rong with the notification letter and paper ID at the registration desk, to collect your money.

All grant recipients are required to register online to the system to confirm the attendance, to make purchases beyond the free package. As all accounts have to be settled immediately, the organizers will not entertain any request to transfer, ship or send money after the conference ends.  The disbursement will be in the form of cheque or cash in Singapore Dollars (SGD).

ISCA Board will make the selection and provide the list of grant recipients to INTERSPEECH 2014 organizing committee. The committee will inform you the registration procedure. Please contact, if you have any inquiry. Please note that grant recipients need to complete the registration by 10 Jul 2014. Late registration fees apply if this early registration deadline is not met.

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INTERSPEECH 2014 Student Travel Grants

Thanks to the generosity of INTERSPEECH 2014 sponsors: Google, Samsung and IFLYTEK CO., LTD., the INTERSPEECH 2014 Organizing Committee is happy to announce the recipients for the INTERSPEECH Travel Awards, selected based on the technical quality of their paper(s):

More on Student Travel Grants

INTERSPEECH 2014 would like to express sincere gratitude to Google, Samsung and IFLYTEK CO., LTD. for their combined support of 5 student travel grants, 3 will be selected as the Google grantees, 1 will be selected as the Samsung grantee, and 1 will be selected as the IFLYTEK CO., LTD. grantee. The grantees are selected based on the technical quality of their paper(s). No application procedure is required from the students. The grantees will be notified and announced on the INTERSPEECH 2014 website by July 3, 2014. Grantees will be announced by the INTERSPEECH General Chair during the closing ceremony.

For any inquiry, please contact

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ISCA Best Student Paper Awards

Each year, ISCA awards 3 best student papers at INTERSPEECH based on the technical quality of the papers and the presentations at the conference. For 2014, the ISCA Best Student Paper Awards are sponsored by IBM Research and Microsoft Research (Dilek Hakkani-Tür and Larry Heck’s honorarium from their tutorial “Semantic Web and Linked Big Data Resources for Spoken Language Processing”).

Congratulations to the following students to be awarded ISCA Best Student Paper Awards for INTERSPEECH 2014:


Speech synthesis in various communicative situations: Impact of pronunciation variations
Sandrine Brognaux, Benjamin Picart and Thomas Drugman


Word-level Invariant Representations from Acoustic Waveforms
Stephen Voinea, Chiyuan Zhang, Georgios Evangelopoulos, Lorenzo Rosasco and Tomaso Poggio



Acoustic Modeling with Deep Neural Networks Using Raw Time Signal for LVCSR
Zoltán Tüske, Pavel Golik, Ralf Schlüter and Hermann Ney

For any inquiry, please contact

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Best Show & Tell Prize

Show & Tell is a special event organized during the conference, where participants are given the opportunity to demonstrate their most recent progress, developments or innovation tracks, and interact with the conference attendees in an informal way, such as a talk, a poster, a mockup, a demo, or any adapted format of their own choice. These contributions usually (but do not have to) relate to a paper and they must highlight the innovative side of the concept. 

Show & Tell participants must submit a specific 2 page written contribution, together with optional multimedia content (see details at

The best Show & Tell demo at Interspeech 2014 will be awarded a sum of USD 300.

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