Call for Nominations: ACP DOCTORAL RESEARCH AWARD 2014


The Executive Committee of the ACP invites nominations for the 2014 ACP Doctoral Research Award. The ACP Doctoral Research Award is awarded every year to a promising young researcher working in the area of constraint programming and who defended his/her thesis between January and December in the last two calendar years. The award, in the form of a certificate, will be presented at the CP 2014 conference, where the winning researcher will present a talk on the topic of his/her doctoral dissertation. The award includes a cash prize of 500 euros, plus free registration for the conference.

Past winners of this award can be found at:


Eligible nominees are those who defended their doctoral thesis between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2013 in the area of constraint programming. The awardee must be a member of the ACP.


Nominations must be made by the thesis supervisor, who must be a member of the ACP. The nominator is responsible for ensuring that a URL to a zip-file containing the following items is submitted to the secretary of the ACP at

  • A PDF version of the dissertation. No specific language for the dissertation is imposed.
  • A PDF of an extended abstract of the doctoral dissertation, 3 to 5 pages in length, written in English.
  • PDF versions of each of up to five papers published at international peer-reviewed conferences or journals based on the work reported in the doctoral dissertation.
  • A PDF description, and pointer to, any software or systems developed during the research.
  • A PDF version of a nomination letter from the supervisor of the research.
  • In addition to the supervisor's nomination letter, two additional letters should be forwarded directly to the secretary of the ACP from two referees, selected by the dissertation supervisor, supporting the nomination and stating their assessment of why the thesis should win the award. These letters will not be shown to the research supervisor or the candidate.


Deadline for nominations, including the references: 1 June 2014. We cannot accept anything received after that date. We will acknowledge receipt of nominations and references.

Notification: 1 August 2014


The selection of the winning nominee is based on the originality, impact, and quality of the research work. The evaluation will consider all contributions to the CP community, including publications, software, and systems.

The work of the nominees will be reviewed by a committee of researchers selected by the ACP Executive Committee, based on the nominations received.