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The ISI has prizes and awards that it presents every two years at its biennial World Statistics Congresses. Announcements for nominations, criteria and rules are available during the year before the WSCs. Selection of recipients takes place months prior to the WSCs. The prizes and awards are presented at the WSC Awards Ceremony. The ISI Awards Committee assists in the setting up of criteria, processes and selection committees for various awards, and helps in the coordination of the Awards Ceremony for ISI and Association Awards. For detailed information on each award, please follow the links provided below.


Karl Pearson Prize for Contemporary Research Contribution

The ISI’s Karl Pearson Prize recognizes a contemporary research contribution, published within the last three decades, that has had profound influence on statistical theory, methodology, practice, or applications. The prize is sponsored by Elsevier B.V.

Mahalanobis International Award in Statistics

The Mahalanobis International Award is sponsored by the Government of India. It is awarded to a statistician from a developing countryin recognition of lifetime achievements in Statistics and the promotion of best statistical practices in a developing country or countries.

Jan Tinbergen Competition for Young Statisticians

The Jan Tinbergen Awards are for best papers by young statisticians from developing countries. Up to three awards are made for each WSC.

Service awards

These are awarded for outstanding service to the ISI and the statistical community. They are selected by the EC. The ISI Awards Committee has the opportunity to suggest candidates.

World Bank Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building

Participants from developing countries may apply for support to attend the WSC and associated events from the ISI’s allocation from this fund. A committee representing the diversity of the ISI family selects participants for this funding on the merit of their contribution to the WSC and its associated events, and to their country. The call for applications is made approximately 9 months prior to the WSC.


Award Ceremonies

The brochures and Awards Ceremony presentations at previous World Statistics Congresses are available to view:

2017 Awards Brochure

2015 Awards Brochure

ISI & Associations' Awards 2014-2015

2013 Awards Brochure

ISI & Associations' Awards 2012-2013

2011 Awards Brochure

ISI & Associations' Awards 2010-2011

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