ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award

How to Nominate


The ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award was established in 2011 by ACM India with approval from the ACM Awards Committee. This award recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in Computer Science and Engineering from a degree-awarding institution based in India for each academic year. The award consists of a plaque and a cash component of ₹ 2,00,000 and is additionally supported by Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS). TCS is the founding sponsor of the ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award. In case of a joint award, the award amount will be shared equally among the recipients.


Each PhD granting institution based in India can normally nominate 1 student for the award. Institutions that produce more than 10 dissertations in relevant areas per year can nominate 2 students. Each dissertation nominated for the 2018-2019 award must have been defended successfully between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019.


Nominations must be received by August 31, 2019 to qualify for consideration of the 2018 award.

Publication and Copyrights

Winning dissertations will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Each nomination must be accompanied by an assignment to ACM by the author of exclusive publication rights, as per ACM's copyright policies. Copyright will automatically revert to an author if her/his dissertation is not selected.

Nomination Procedure

Candidates must be nominated by the department from which the PhD was completed.

Each nomination must include

  1. Nomination letter by thesis advisor. This letter must include:

    • The name, address, and phone number of the advisor,

    • The name, mailing address and email address of the candidate, and

    • A one-page summary of the significance of the dissertation.

  2. An endorsement letter by the department head or a suitable substitute.

  3. One copy of the thesis in electronic format

  4. A record of publications in conferences and journals of the work reported in the dissertation, along with their citations, if any.

  5. A copyright transfer form filled out and signed by the candidate. Please use the Journals form downloadable from for this purpose.


Supporting letters are helpful and a nomination can be supported by a maximum of five supporting letters from individuals who are familiar with the work. Each supporting letter must include the name, contact information, and telephone number of the supporter.

Mode of submission

Nomination material must be submitted electronically (in PDF or Word format) by the thesis advisor (not by the student). All nomination material for a nominee must be sent bundled as a zip file. Supporting letters should not come directly from the supporters—all necessary material, including supporting letters, may by collected and submitted by the thesis advisor, bundled as a zip file. The zip file must be uploaded to Easychair. Watch this space for the submission web page for ACM IDDA 2018-2019.

Selection Procedure

Dissertations will be reviewed for technical depth and significance of the research contribution, potential impact on theory and practice, and quality of presentation. A committee of approximately ten eminent Computer Science researchers from across the world will perform an initial screening to generate a short list, followed by an in-depth evaluation to determine the winning dissertation.

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ACM India 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Award

Palash Dey of Department of CSA, IISc Bangalore has received the ACM India Council's 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Award for resolving complexity of fundamental problems in computational social choice. Honorable Mentions went to Swagato Sanyal of School of Technology and Computer Science, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Mumbai, for complexity measures of Boolean functions; and Manoj Agarwal of IIT Bombay Department of CSE, for data as graph.

2018 ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award recipient and Honorable Mentions