Rumelhart Prize 2025


Cognitive Science Society and the Robert J. Glushko and Pamela Samuelson Foundation.


The David E. Rumelhart Prize is awarded annually to an individual or collaborative team making a significant contemporary contribution to the theoretical foundations of human cognition. Contributions may be formal in nature: mathematical modeling of human cognitive processes, formal analysis of language and other products of human cognitive activity, and computational analyses of human cognition using symbolic or non-symbolic frameworks all fall within the scope of the award.

The David E. Rumelhart Prize is funded by the Robert J. Glushko and Pamela Samuelson Foundation. Robert J. Glushko received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 1979 under Rumelhart’s supervision. He is an Adjunct Full Professor in the Cognitive Science Program at the University of California, Berkeley.


The nominee may be an individual or a team. The prize selection committee considers both the scientific contributions and the scientific leadership and collegiality of the nominees, so these issues should be addressed in the statement of nomination.


The prize consists of a hand-crafted, custom bronze medal, a certificate, a citation of the awardee’s contribution and a monetary award of $100,000.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Please submit the nomination using the nomination form on the Rumelhart Prize web-page by the external deadline. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination and OR-5 to by the external deadline.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online using the nomination form on the Rumelhart Prize web-page by the external deadline. Please also submit an OR-5 and a completed application to by the external deadline. 

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