Important Dates

  • March 1: Erdős–Rényi Prize submission deadline
  • April 29: Decision issued to candidate
  • June 21-23: Main Conference

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 achievements in research activities 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. The list of previous winners is at

The Prize

The 2017 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 Diploma and the honor of a lecture at the International School and Conference on Network Science. The prize awarding ceremony and lecture will take place in a special session at the Conference portion of NetSci 2017, to be held in Indianapolis on June 21-23. Attending the award ceremony is binding for the prize assignment (travel expenses to the award ceremony will be covered by the Network Science Society).

Submission of Candidacies

The prize recipient will be selected by the Scientific Commission appointed by the Network Science Society board 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. The awardee will be selected among the candidacies received by the deadline. Each candidacy must be submitted by one guarantor, who will have to provide a short letter of motivation, signed by one or more sponsors of the candidate.

Self-candidatures will not be accepted. Guarantors or sponsors of the candidature can be:

Candidature Dossier

The guarantor of the candidacy is required to submit the candidature dossier drawn up in English and including the following:

  1. Letter of motivation signed from the sponsors of the candidature.
  2. Candidate’s curriculum vitae.
  3. List of scientific publications related to the candidate’s research activities in the area of network science. The whole dossier should be submitted via email to The files related to the candidacy documents will have to be in PDF (preferred) or Word format.

Selection of Candidatures

The Scientific Commission is fully and exclusively endowed with the responsibility of assessing the eligibility of candidatures, examining and selecting the dossiers of the admitted candidates, and choosing the winner. The Scientific Commission will communicate the choice of the winner by April 29, 2017.

Deadline for Candidacy Submission

The completed candidacy dossier must be received at the above e-mail address on or before March 1, 2017.