Call for Nominations
The ACM Doctoral Dissertation Competition
Rules of the Competition
ACM established the Doctoral Dissertation Award program
to recognize and encourage superior research and
writing by doctoral candidates in computer science and
engineering. These awards are presented annually at the
ACM Awards Banquet.
Nominations are limited to one per university or college,
from any country, unless more than 10 Ph. D.’s are granted
in one year, in which case two may be nominated.
Each nomination shall be forwarded by the thesis advisor
and must include the endorsement of the department head.
A one-page summary of the significance of the dissertation
written by the advisor must accompany the transmittal.
Submissions must be received by October 31, 2016
to qualify for consideration.
For Eligibility and Submission Procedure see
Each nomination must be accompanied by an assignment
to ACM by the author of exclusive publication rights.
(Copyright reverts to author if not selected for publication.)
Winning dissertations will be published by ACM in
the ACM Books Program and appear in the ACM Digital Library.
Honorable mention dissertations will appear in the
ACM Digital Library.
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 individuals serving staggered five-year terms performs an
initial screening to generate a short list, followed by an in-depth
evaluation to determine the winning dissertation.
The selection committee will select the winning dissertation
in early 2017.
The Doctoral Dissertation Award is accompanied by a prize
of $20,000 and the Honorable Mention Award is accompanied
by a prize of $10,000. Financial sponsorship of the award is
provided by Google.