The SIAM Activity Group on Discrete Mathematics awards the Dénes König Prize every two years to an individual or individuals in their early career for outstanding research contributions in an area of discrete mathematics, as evidenced by a publication in a peer-reviewed journal within the three calendar years prior to the award year.
Discrete mathematics includes combinatorics, graph theory, cryptography, discrete optimization, mathematical programming, coding theory, information theory, game theory, and theoretical computer science.
One key paper must be cited as evidence of the contributions, though a body of papers may be discussed in the nomination. The qualifying key paper must have been published in English in a peer-reviewed journal bearing a publication date within the three calendar years prior to the award year. Each candidate must be a Ph.D. student or, at the time of the award, be within four calendar years after completing their Ph.D. The committee may consider exceptions to the four-years-from-Ph.D. rule, for career interruptions or delays occurring, e.g., for child bearing, child rearing, or elder care.
For the 2026 award, the paper must have been published between the dates of January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2025. Each candidate must have received their Ph.D. no earlier than 2022.