The Infrastructure Prize
for Sociology

The Infrastructure Prize for Sociology honors substantial infrastructures that advance sociological knowledge. The prize is rewarded with 10.000 EUR. The Infrastructure Prize for Sociology is awarded by an international Selection Committee composed of the Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees and two additional members from other world regions.


The nominee must have made a substantial impact on infrastructures that advance sociological knowledge. Such infrastructures can serve for data generation (e.g., large cross-national surveys), data preservation (e.g., archives), knowledge dissemination (e.g., learning platforms), fundamental research (e.g., setting up research institutes), or knowledge communication (e.g., science journalism). Persons, projects or organizations can be nominated. The nominee is expected to deliver an address at the Award Ceremony to be held in alternate years at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and the European University Institute (EUI, Florence).


The Kohli Foundation for Sociology is accepting international nominations for The Infrastructure Prize for Sociology on an ongoing basis. In addition, we send out a call for nominations each year. A nomination can be submitted by a scholar based at any institution of higher learning and research (University, research institution, Academy of sciences). Self-nominations and posthumous nominations are not accepted. To diversify our laureate pool, the Kohli Foundation particularly welcomes nominations for women and scholars belonging to academically underrepresented groups. The nominations are confidential and should not be shared with the nominee prior to or after their submission.

Nomination Materials

The nominations must be written in English and should include a short summary (150 words) of your nomination and a full nomination (of about 1-2 pages) including a description of the activity of the person/project/institution as well as a justification of how this infrastructure advances sociological knowledge. Nominations from previous years are kept on file and considered every year. The Selection Committee reserves the right to request follow-up documents if deemed necessary.

Important dates


Deadline for the consideration for the Infrastructure Prize for Sociology 2024

APRIL 2024

Meeting of the
Selection Committee

MAY 2024

of the Prize Laureate

13 NOVEMBER 2024

Award Ceremony
at the WZB

Infrastructure Prize for Sociology 2023

The first Infrastructure Prize for Sociology was awarded to Kathleen Mullan Harris, representing the Add Health Initiative, for her pivotal role in creating a unique longitudinal data set that allows to study individuals and their families in their social, behavioural, and biological dimensions across the life course.

© European University Institute, 2023

Add Health is a multilevel, longitudinal, nationally representative study of over 20,000 individuals who have been followed from adolescence through mid-adulthood, and it is one of the most important, innovative, and well-utilised data sets in the social sciences.

Kathleen Mullan Harris is James E. Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy. She has secured upwards of $100 million dollars in competitive research grants from the National Institutes of Health to run Add Health and played a crucial role in transforming Add Health into a landmark data infrastructure.