This annual award launched by IKDD in 2022, would recognize the best doctoral dissertation(s) in the broad areas of Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Knowledge Discovery and applications of Data-driven techniques. The IKDD Doctoral Dissertation Award winner and up to two runners-up will be recognized at the annual CODS-COMAD conference, and their dissertations will have the opportunity to be published on the IKDD Web site (https://ikdd.acm.org/). The award winner will receive a plaque and a cheque for INR 1,00,000. The runners-up will receive a plaque and a cheque of INR 50,000. The winner and runners-up will also receive a free registration to attend the CODS-COMAD conference and will be invited to present their work in a special session at the conference.

Nomination Deadline: July 31, 2022


Nominated candidates must be from a PhD granting institute in India. Further, the nominated candidate should have successfully defended his/her thesis between August 1, 2021 and July 31, 2022 (i.e., in the one-year period before the deadline for application). Every PhD granting institute in India will be allowed to nominate 1 candidate from across all disciplines working in relevant areas. Institutes that produce more than 10 dissertations in relevant areas during the one year period under consideration can nominate 2 students. Institutes should self-declare in case they are nominating 2 students and furnish supporting evidence.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: July 31, 2022
  • Notification of Awards: Dec 31, 2022
  • Award Presentation at CODS-COMAD 2023

Nomination Requirements

Nominations must be made by the doctoral advisor. All nomination materials must be in English and in PDF format. Late submissions will not be accepted. A nomination must include:

  1. Nomination letter by thesis advisor. This letter must include:
    1. The name, address, phone number and email address of the advisor
    2. The name, mailing address and email address of the candidate
    3. A one-page (200-300 words) nomination statement addressing why the nominee should receive the award. The nomination should explain the significance of the work in the context of Data Science. In particular, the nomination should focus on the significance of the work and not just repeat the contents of the abstract of the thesis.
    4. A concise statement (maximum of 25 words) describing the key technical or professional accomplishment for which the nominee merits this award. This would serve as the suggested citation for the award, in case the nominee is selected. Note that the final wording for awardees will be at the discretion of the Awards Committee.
  2. An endorsement letter by the department head or a suitable substitute (in case of a conflict of interest).
  3. At least 3, and not more than 5, supporting letters from experts in the field who can provide additional insights or evidence of the dissertation’s impact. The nominator/advisor may not write a letter of support. Each letter should include the name, address, and telephone number of the supporter.
  4. One copy of the thesis in English in electronic (PDF) format
  5. A copy of the thesis review comments given by the external examiners.
  6. A list of publications in conferences and journals based on the work reported in the dissertation, along with their citations if any. The nomination should also include all the reviews received during the publication process.
  7. A copyright transfer form signed by the appropriate authority in the candidate’s parent institute giving permission for the dissertation to appear on ikdd.acm.org website if the dissertation is selected as an award recipient

The dissertation can be nominated in parallel for other national and global awards, such as the ACM, the ACM India and the SIGKDD Doctoral Dissertation awards.

Submission Procedure

All nomination materials must be submitted electronically to IKDDOffice@gmail.com:. Please use "[IKDD Dissertation Award]" in your subject line. All required documents must be attached in a single email.

Award Committee

  • Chair: Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya (IIT Bombay)
  • Other members: TBD

IKDD : ACM India Special Interest Group On Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining