2021 IAOS Young Statisticians Prize

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The submissions for the 2021 IAOS Young Statisticians Price are now officially opened. The best paper wins €1,500 and possibly a trip to the 2021 IAOS Conference in Zambia! Read further for more information on the criteria, process and prizes!



The international Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 IAOS Young Statisticians Prize. This international prize, which is designed to encourage more young statisticians to take an active interest in official statistics, is awarded for the best paper in the field of official statistics written by a young statistician. 

In addition to a monetary prize, the first-place winner will receive travel funds to present the paper at an international conference. Due to the COVID-19, details of the conference will be decided in conjunction with the winner and may include the IAOS Conference that will be held in Livingstone, Zambia, in 2021 (rescheduled from 2020) or a 2021 ISI World Statistics Conference Satellite Conference in memory of Fred Smith and Chris Skinner being held in Southampton, UK, 8-10 July 2021. 

We encourage submitters to address and propose solutions to pressing methodological or strategic issues in the area of official statistics at the regional, national or international level.

The paper must be no more than 4 000 words, be submitted in English, and should not have been previously presented in a public forum or published. An international panel will judge the papers based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific and/or strategic merit;
  • Originality;
  • Applicability in the practice of statistical organizations;
  • Quality of the exposition.


The decision of the panel will be final. Prizes will only be awarded if papers of significant quality are submitted. A maximum of three co-authors is allowed for a paper. An author can participatie in only one paper.

The author(s) of the best paper will be awareded: 

PRIZES 1st Place:

  • A cash prize of €1,500 (divided among co-authors if applicable);
  • An opportunity to present the paper at a session at a mutually agreed international statistical conference, with airfare and hotel accomodation provided (for only one author in situations of co-authorship);
  • Two years of IAOS membership;
  • A certificate of award from the IAOS acknowledging success in this competition.

2nd Place

  • A cash prize of €1000, 2 years of IAOS membership, and a certificate;

3rd Place

  •  A cash prize of €500, 2 years of IAOS membership, and a certificate.

A prize will also be awarded to the best paper from a developing country:

  •  An honorable mention, 2 years of IAOS membership, and a certificate.

Prize winning papers will be considered for publication in the Statistical Journal of the IAOS.


A maximum of three co-authors is allowed for a paper. An author can participate in only one paper. To be eligible, authors (and co-authors) must:

  • Be under the age of 35 on 12 February 2021; and
  • Be employed[1] by an official statistical organization[2] as at 12 February 2021.


Submissions (In Times New Roman (size 12) font, with side, top and bottom Martins of 1 inch (25.4 millimeters) must contain a maximum of 4 000 words (including references, appendices, tables, and graphs) plus the filled-in submission template plus a cover page that must include:

  • A line that it is a “Submission for the 2021 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians”;
  • The title of the paper;
  • The name(s), job title(s), full date(s) of birth, age(s) and e-mail addresses of the author(s);
  • The name(s) of the employing official statistical agency(ies);
  • An abstract of no more than 15 lines.

Any material Beyond the core text of the paper, such as table of contents, references, appendices, tables and graphs, must be container within the maximum of 4,000 words. Any submission exceeding 4,000 words plus cover page will be disqualified.

Please submit papers in MSWord or comptabel format to

Submissions must comply with the YSP Competition Guidelines. Along with their paper, participants should also fill and send the 2021 YSP Submission Template.

More information can be found at You may also submit any question you have about the competition to the e-mail address above.


[1] Full-time, part-time, or contractual employees or interns are eligible and an NSO’s employee who also teaches or studies on a part-time basis is eligible. Professional consultants or members of the teaching profession carrying out a contract with a NSO agency are not eligible
[2] A National or International Statistical Organization or the Statistics Department of a Central Bank, a Ministry or  Regional or Local Government in a decentralized National Statistical System or non-statistical international organizations.