RESEARCH GRANTS

The Power of Funding Independent Research


1 December 2018


Do you have an idea that will make an important contribution to the information security community? Some of the most important work ever presented at Summercon, through any of a zillion other conferences, journals, or whispered in mall food courts around the world, have been entirely self-funded, independent efforts.

Our Chairman Emeritus, Chris Valasek, has had a long history of doing independent work, and had an idea: what if Summercon could help fund this important vehicle for information security innovation?

After a major restructuring of Summercon, we are proud to announce the Summercon Research Grants Program.

Through our two funds-granting sponsors, Capsule8 and Trail of Bits, Summercon can help you realize your security research dreams. Apply today!

Applications are open
for the SummerCon Fellowship
Sponsored by Trail of Bits and Capsule8


1 December 2018


The Summercon Fellowship grant program is now open. Please submit your application to the conference review process portal.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Summercon Speaker Selection Committee, and two representatives each from Capsule8 and Trail of Bits.

Applications are open
for the Capsule8 Summercon Fellowship


1 December 2018


What it is:

Get $10,000 to pursue independent information security research. Show your results at Summercon 2019.

What we're looking for:

Details to come.

How to apply:

Apply by submitting an application at the conference review process portal!

. Applications are accepted through until December 31st. Recipients will be notified by January 15th.

Applications are open
for the Trail of Bits Summercon Fellowship


1 December 2018


We’re looking for emerging security researchers with excellent project ideas. Fellows will get to explore their research topics with our guidance and then present their findings at Summercon 2019. If you’re interested in applying, read on!

What is it?

The Trail of Bits SummerCon Fellowship gives monetary support and mentorship for great security research ideas.

Applicants who are awarded Fellowships will receive:

  • $10,000 grant to fund a five-month security research project
  • Dedicated research mentor from a security engineer at Trail of Bits
  • An invitation to present findings at Summercon


Applicants of all genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities are encouraged to apply. The Fellowship seeks to bolster inclusion in the security industry. 50% of the program spots are reserved for minority and female-identifying candidates.

What are we looking for?

Applicants should be focused on security engineering with strong skills in low-level or systems programming, reverse engineering, program analysis (including dynamic binary instrumentation, symbolic execution, and abstract interpretation), or vulnerability analysis.

We’re looking for research ideas that align with our areas of expertise. That way, we can better support your process! Topics relevant to our interests include:

  • Binary analysis
  • Static/dynamic analysis techniques
  • Blockchain and smart contract security
  • Cryptography
  • LLVM engineering
  • Software verification


How do I apply?

Apply here!

We’re accepting applications until December 31st. We’ll announce fellowship recipients by January 15th.

Interested in applying? Go for it!

Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts from the SummerCon foundation, including Trail of Bits. Good luck!