ACM established the Doctoral Dissertation Award program to recognize and encourage superior research and writing by doctoral candidates in computer science and engineering. The award is presented each June at the ACM Awards Banquet and is accompanied by a prize of $20,000 plus travel expenses to the banquet. As of January 1, 2014 all winning dissertations are published exclusively in print and electronic formats as part of the ACM Books Series, which includes distribution through the ACM Digital Library. Honorable Mention(s) may also be awarded, with a prize of $10,000 shared among recipients. Financial sponsorship of the award is provided by Google.
Eligibility: Only a Ph.D. student’s advisor may nominate a dissertation. For each year’s award cycle, a nominated dissertation must have been successfully defended (not deposit date) by the department between October 2015 through (and including) September 2016. The dissertation submitted should be a finalized version; if a student or advisor thinks a dissertation will be more competitive after revision, the dissertation defense should be postponed if necessary. Nominations are welcomed from any country, but only English language versions will be accepted. Only one nomination may be submitted per institution. If an institution granted more than 10 PhD’s in that year, two dissertations may be nominated.
Next Deadline: October 31, 2016 (after midnight is perfectly acceptable, since time zones are different!)
Selection Criteria: Dissertations will be reviewed for technical depth and significance of the research contribution, potential impact on theory and practice, and quality of presentation.
Submissions: Nominations for the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award should be submitted using the online nomination form. Make sure to select the Doctoral Dissertation Award in the dropdown box at the top. Submitted materials should explain the contribution in terms understandable to a non-specialist. Each nomination involves several components: