Erdős–Rényi Prize

The Network Science Society, among whose missions it is to support the activity of outstanding young researchers in the area of network science, has established the Erdős–Rényi prize in the field of Network Science and its Applications.


Aim and Criteria. The Erdős–Rényi Prize is awarded each year to a selected young scientist (under 40 years old on the day of the nomination deadline) for their research achievements in the area of network science, broadly construed. While the achievements can be both theoretical and experimental, the prize is aimed at emphasizing outstanding contributions relevant to the interdisciplinary progress of network science. 


Award and Ceremony. The Erdős–Rényi Prize will be awarded to a single scientist meeting the criteria above. The prize consists of a cash award in the amount of US $3,000, a personalized plaque and the honor of a lecture at the NetSci International School and Conference on Network Science, which is the annual flagship conference of the society. The prize awarding ceremony and lecture will take place in a special session at the Conference portion of the meeting. Attending the award ceremony is binding for the prize assignment (travel expenses to the award ceremony will be covered by the Network Science Society).

Nomination and nomination material. The awardee will be selected among the candidacies received by the deadline. Each candidacy must be submitted by one nominator, who should provide a short letter of motivation co-signed by two co-nominators. Self-candidatures will not be accepted. Nominators and co-nominators of a candidature can be:

·       Directors and research leaders of national and international research centers;

·       University professors;

·       Partners and members of Scientific Academies.


The nominator is required to submit the candidature dossier including the following:

·       Letter of motivation signed by the nominator and co-nominators, which should include a proposed citation of no more than 30 words.

·       Candidate’s curriculum vitae, including date of birth.

·       List of scientific publications related to the candidate’s research activities in the area of network science.


All materials must be in English and the complete dossier (a single PDF file) must be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Separate recommendation letters and other items not listed above will not be considered. 


Selection. The prize recipient will be selected by the Scientific Committee appointed by the Executive Committee of the Network Science Society and composed of a minimum of 4 prominent scientists active in the area of network science. Their name will be made public only after the official communication of the prize recipient.


Deadlines. The completed nomination package must be received at the above e-mail address on or before March 1. A letter of intent (LOI) indicating just the names of the nominator, co-nominators, and nominee should be sent to the email above by February 15. The LOI is optional but strongly recommended. Decisions are expected to be communicated by March 31.




For fundamental contributions to our understanding of the network architecture of the human brain, its evolution over learning and development, and its alteration in neurological disease.

For contributions to fundamental and data-driven network-based modeling of epidemic processes, including seminal studies on metapopulation systems, the impact of air transportation, and the predictability of epidemic outbreaks

Clauset was awarded the 2016 prize "for his contributions to the study of network structure, including Internet mapping, inference of missing links, and community structure, and for his provocative analyses of human conflicts and social stratification."

Chaoming Song was awarded the Erdös-Rényi Prize, recognizing him "as an outstanding young researcher in Network Science for for the breadth and depth of his influential work, ranging from network applications of self-similarity and renormalization group theory, to the in-depth analysis of big data on human mobility.”

Mason Porter was awarded the Erdös-Rényi Prize, recognizing his "fundamental research on the mathematics of networks and his outreach efforts to teach network science to students in schools."

Adilson Motter was awarded the Erdős–Rényi Prize for "his groundbreaking contributions to the study of synchronization phenomena and the control of cascading failures in complex networks."

Roger Guimera was awarded the Erdős–Rényi Prize for outstanding work as a young researcher in Network Science for the technical depth and the interdisciplinary values of his scientific contributions to the analysis of network cartography and community identification.