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The Mahalanobis International Award
for a Statistician from a Developing Country
for Lifetime Achievements in Statistics in a Developing Country or Region

Call for Nominations for 2021 Award to be presented at the 63rd ISI World Statistics Congress – Virtual, 11-16 July 2021

The Mahalanobis International Award is sponsored by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation of the Government of India. The award recognizes an individual for Lifetime Achievements in Statistics in a developing [1] country or region. It is expected that the award will have the potential to attract, inspire and motivate statisticians across the developing world to increase the quantity and improve the quality of their contributions to the cause of promotion and development of statistics and its applications. The award is presented biennially during the ISI World Statistics Congress.

This initiative by the Government of India serves the dual purposes of honouring Professor P. C. Mahalanobis for his lifetime contributions and achievements in Statistics, and recognising and stimulating progress in Statistics in developing countries.

The achievements of the candidates will be considered under three main criteria and reflecting the spirit of Mahalanobis’s lifetime work:

  • Academic leadership for developing countries,
  • Professional and official leadership for developing countries, and
  • Inspiration and capacity-building within developing countries.

Some examples of contributions are:

  1. Innovative and concrete contributions to some field of application such as agriculture, economic development, education, health, industry, etcetera.
  2. Statistical capacity building at a national or regional level.
  3. Improvements of national or regional statistical systems and/or infrastructure.
  4. Enrichment of statistical methodology.

The nomination form should be completed by the primary nominator and supported by one to three other sponsors. The nomination package should be submitted online and must include all required documents including a document describing the candidate’s contributions that are relevant to the Mahalanobis award, the nominee’s CV, and supporting letters from the nominator and other sponsors. The supporting letters must provide compelling justification and concrete evidence of the nominee’s contributions.

The above documents and all communications must be in English. Documents that are not in English should be accompanied by an English translation.

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Olivia van Dijck-Timbol, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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