Call for Applications for the 2021 ISI Jan Tinbergen Awards

The International Statistical Institute (ISI) is pleased to invite submissions of papers for the 2021 Jan Tinbergen Awards for young statisticians.

The submitted papers will be evaluated by an International Selection Committee of experienced statisticians who will decide on the awards. The Committee’s decision is final. The Committee reserves the right to make no award in either or both Divisions if there are no submissions of sufficient quality.

The awards will be presented at the 63rd ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC) – Virtual
and the winners will present their papers in the special Tinbergen session, at the WSC.
Each award consists of €2,500 prize money (total per paper), complimentary WSC
registration to participate in the WSC.

Applications and papers must be submitted by 4 January 2021.

More information on each division and how to apply can be found on the ISI website.

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The ISI Jan Tinbergen Awards are an opportunity for young statisticians to present their papers at the biennial World Statistics Congresses (WSC). The awards are named after the famous Dutch econometrician and Nobel Prize winner, and are sponsored by the Dutch ‘Stichting Internationaal Statistisch Studiefonds’ (International Statistical Study Fund Foundation).

The aim of the Foundation is to offer assistance to developing countries in the field of statistics. The award supports the Foundation’s aim by encouraging the development of young statisticians and by helping to build statistical capacity in developing countries. The competition is open to all young statisticians born in 1987 or later, regardless of their nationality. Papers should address statistical problems of real relevance in building statistical capacity in countries with limited statistical infrastructure.

The competition is split into two divisions. For each winning paper the Foundation awards a cash prize and assists the author’s participation in the next ISI World Statistics Congress where they will present their paper.

Division A: general
Papers in Division A are to address an applied statistical problem of real interest in countries with a limited statistical infrastructure. Such problems could relate to an economic, social or political development relevant to a developing country or region. The main criteria are statistical and/or data quality, innovation and quality of exposition and communication. The paper can make contributions in one or more of the following areas: generation of new methodological development, meeting the challenge of gathering reliable data in developing regions, and innovative application of statistical methods to a significant problem in order to benefit a developing country or region. Such problems could arise in any of the sciences, engineering, economics, health, agriculture or business areas.

Division B: statistical systems
Papers in Division B may be on any topic that directly addresses the development and
improvement of statistical systems in countries with limited statistical infrastructure. The main criteria are innovative and significant contribution to statistical progress in
government or government organisations in a developing country, and quality of
exposition and communication. Contributions could be in innovative applications of
existing statistical methods, or application of new sources and innovative data collection
and production.

For both divisions, the criteria for quality of exposition and communication include
adequate reference to related work; technical and methodological standard of work;
quality of writing organisation and clarity.