Junior Scholar Award 2017

The 9th International Conference on Cyber Conflict, focusing on the theme Defending the Core, invites junior scholars to submit Master’s theses for the Junior Scholar Award. The purpose of this CyCon 2017 award is to encourage and reward research on a wide range of topics related to cyber defence.

This year’s conference will look at the ‘core’ aspects of cyber security. Taking place in Tallinn 30 May – 2 June, CyCon 2017 will cover issues ranging from international cooperation, conflict in cyberspace, and technical challenges and requirements, to legal frameworks, regulations and standards. The CyCon 2017 topic recognises that digitalisation has transformed, often disrupted, our way of life, bringing with it innumerable social and economic benefits even while technological dependencies have altered security risks.

The questions addressed at CyCon 2017 will include: How can the ‘core’ elements of cyber security be defined? How do they relate to the essential assets and principles in the technical, legal and political spheres? How can critical (information) infrastructure be protected? How can critical vulnerabilities be mitigated and the most detrimental threats countered? How can legal frameworks be established and applied in the cyber security realm? What technologies can help nations to counter emerging cyber threats? How can effective cyber security strategies be developed and implemented? What should the role of the armed forces be? How can cyber operations against core (national) assets be deterred?

Eligibility criteria

Candidates who have graduated with a Master degree or equivalent after 01 January 2015, in studies such as law, computer or political science or other relevant academic fields are eligible. 


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The following documents need to be submitted via https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cycon2017 using the prefix “JUNIOR SCHOLAR AWARD” before 20 March 2017:

- Short overview of the thesis results (in English; max. 2500 words);
- Published thesis or dissertation;
- Letter of recommendation from the university/thesis supervisor;
- Curriculum Vitae.



The finalists of the CyCon 2017 Junior Scholar Award will be notified no later than 28 April 2017 and granted full free entry to the conference. Accommodation and travel expenses will not be covered. 

Conference Presentation

All finalists will present their Master’s thesis results in a 15-minute presentation in the Junior Scholar conference session. An Award Committee will evaluate the presentations and can grant the following awards:

1st place: 1000 Euro
2nd place: 600 Euro
3rd place:  400 Euro

The result will be announced on the last conference day.


In case of questions and inquiries about the Junior Scholar Award, please contact cfp-at-ccdcoe.org.