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Jan Tinbergen Awards 

For Young Statisticians

The ISI Jan Tinbergen 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 statistical domain. The intention of the ISI Jan Tinbergen awards is to meet the Foundation’s aim and two of the fundamental objectives of the ISI, namely defining and instituting constructive roles in supporting the development of young statisticians and in building statistical capacity in developing countries.

The ISI Jan Tinbergen Awards are for best papers for the biennial World Statistics Congresses (WSC) by young statisticians. There are two divisions, with one award in each division for each WSC. For each winning paper, the Foundation generously provides a cash prize and support to enable the author to participate and present the paper at the next ISI World Statistics Congress.


Professor Jan Tinbergen (1903–1994) was a Dutch economist. He was awarded the first Nobel Prize in Economics in 1969, joint with Ragnar Frisch, for the development and application of dynamic models for the analysis of economic processes. He was a founding trustee of Economists for Peace and Security.



Important note:

The competition for the Award is open to all young statisticians, regardless of their nationality. Previously, the competition was open only to young statisticians from developing countries. From 2019 onwards, the emphasis of this competition, is no longer on the nationality of the applicants but on the subject of the paper. Papers should now address statistical problems of real relevance in building statistical capacity in countries with limited statistical infrastructure.


Division A: general

Papers in Division A are to address an applied statistical problem of real interest in countries with a limited statistical infrastructure (developing countries).  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 (developing countries). 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.



  • The paper must be an unpublished, original contribution. It may include material from the author’s thesis.
  • The paper must be written in English.
  • The author and all co-authors (if any) of the paper must be born in 1987 or later.
  • If the paper has co-author(s), the percentage contribution from all authors must be stated.
  • Previous winners of the award are not eligible (even as co-authors).



Winners of the 2019 ISI Jan Tinbergen Awards


Division A: 1st Prize:

Mr Jetrei Benito (Philippines)

Paper: Modeling the Financial Market Indicators with Semiparametric Volatility Model with Varying Frequency.
Division B: 1st Prize:

Edvira Malliedje Fokam (Côte d’Ivoire)

Paper: Intra household resource allocation and gender relation in Côte d’Ivoire : a way for facing non inclusive growth situation.



Winners of the 2017 ISI Jan Tinbergen Awards


1st Prize:

Marcelo Bourguignon Pereira (Brazil)

Paper: Modelling time series of counts with deflation or inflation of zeros.
2nd Prize:

Christian Eduardo Galarza Morales (Brazil)

Paper: Robust logistic quantile regression models using skewed heavy-tailed distributions.


Winners of the 2015 ISI Jan Tinbergen Awards


1st Prize:

Ms. Ajmery Jaman (Bangladesh)

Paper: A Bias-Corrected Approach to Rotnitzky-Jewell Criteria for Appropriate Correlation Structure Selection in Generalized Estimating Equations.
2nd Prize:

Ms. Katiane Silva Conceição (Brazil)

Paper: Zero-Modifed Models for Count Data
2nd Prize:

Mr. Arun Kumar Kuchibhotla (India)

Paper: Testing in Additive and Projection Pursuit Models.


Winners of the 2013 ISI Jan Tinbergen Awards

1st Prize:

Mr. Abhik Ghosh (India)

2nd Prize:

Mr. Lu Han (China)

3rd Prize:

Ms. Iris Ivy Gauran

(co-authors, Philippines)
3rd Prize:

Ms. Maria Sofia Criselda A. Poblador

(co-authors, Philippines)


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ISI Advisory Board on Ethics

Role and Objectives

After the adoption of the ISI Declaration on Professional Ethics by the ISI Council in July 2010 the ISI Executive Committee decided to establish an Advisory Board on Professional Ethics to advise the Executive Committee and Council on relevant ethical issues and to recommend or undertake activities for promoting observance of ethical principles in statistics.

Terms of Reference

A draft of the Terms of Reference was discussed with the ISI Council, as well as in a meeting with Heads of NSOs, in August 2011 during the ISI WSC 2011. The Terms of Reference were subsequently revised. The ISI membership will find the revised Terms of Reference of the ISI Advisory Board on Ethics here.

Current Composition



Association Affiliation 

Stephen Penneck   UK   ISI


Shelley Hurwitz USA  IASE 
H.W. Fung Hong Kong  IAOS, IASS 
Irena Križman Slovenia  IAOS 
David Morganstein USA  IASS 
Sibylle von Oppeln-Bronikowski        Germany                         
Rolando Rebolledo Mexico BS
Jan Robert Suesser Switzerland          IAOS
Awa Thiongane Senegal IAOS, IASE, IASS
Dennis Trewin Australia IAOS, IASS
Denise Silva Brazil IASS
Liaison with EC: The chair liaises with the ISI President
ISI PO Communications Liaison: Liliana Happel 

Reports and Links


Professional Ethics


The ISI is concerned to raise and maintain professional ethical standards in statistics across the world.


professional Ethics


As a Non-Government Organization (NGO) it can take actions which may be politically difficult for other organisations.  We have adopted the ISI Declaration on Professional Ethics and set up an Advisory Board on Ethics to advise on compliance with the Declaration.  The ISI considers submissions on ethical issues, issues statement and works with other organisation to raise and maintain ethical standards within the statistics profession.

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Roles and strategies on Professional Ethics

The ISI Declaration on Professional Ethics

The ISI Advisory Board on Ethics

ISI Statements and Letters Concerning Statistical Ethics

Relevant Links

ISI Association Awards


ISI Associations also have awards and competitions. Some take place every year and may be presented at an Association conference. All Associations have the opportunity to present their awards at the Awards Ceremony during the WSC week. For detailed information on each award, please follow the links provided below.


Bernoulli Society Prizes:

Wolfgang Doeblin Prize 

Prize for Outstanding Survey Article in Probability or Mathematical Statistics 

Itô Prize

Francisco Aranda-Ordaz Prize 

Ethel Newbold Prize 

BS New Researcher Award 


International Association of Official Statistics Prizes:

IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians


International Association for Statistical Computing Awards & Prizes:

Data Analysis Competition

Homage Award


International Association for Statistical Education Awards & Prizes:

Best ICOTS paper by an early career author

International Statistical Literacy Project

Poster Competition

Best Cooperative Project Award


International Association for Survey Statisticians Prizes:

Cochran-Hansen Prize


International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics Awards:

Young Statistician Award for the Best Paper

Best y-BIS Poster Awards


The International Environmetrics Society Awards:

Abdel El-Shaarawi Young Researcher's Award


ISI Awards

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.

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 country in recognition of lifetime achievements in Statistics and the promotion of best statistical practices in a developing country or countries.


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.


Jan Tinbergen Competition for Young Statisticians

The Jan Tinbergen Awards are for best papers by young statisticians addressing statistical problems of real relevance in building statistical capacity in countries with limited statistical infrastructure.


International Prize in Statistics

The International Prize in Statistics is given every other year by the International Prize in Statistics Foundation, which is comprised of representatives from the American Statistical Association, International Biometric Society, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, International Statistical Institute and Royal Statistical Society.


ISI & Esri Student Poster Competition

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Service awards

Service awards 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.




The list of developing countries shown below is adhered to by the ISI, effective from 1 January until 31 December 2020.

World Bank Country Classifications

Developing countries are defined according to their Gross National Income (GNI) per capita per year, as calculated by the World Bank Atlas method, December 2020.

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Dem. Rep
  • Congo, Rep.
  • Costa Rica
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt, Arab Rep.
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • Gambia, The
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bisau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Indiash
  • Indonesia
  • Iran, Islamic Rep.
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea, Dem Rep.
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Lao PDR
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Macedonia, Rep. of North
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia, Fed. Sts.
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • São Tomé and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela, Bolivarian Rep. of
  • Vietnam
  • Palestine, State of 
  • Yemen, Rep.
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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Countries that are slightly over the amount of US$ 12,056 will be considered a developing country for the year 2020 and their situation will be reviewed for 2021.

The designations employed and the presentation of country or area names in this list, do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the ISI concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

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