Call for Nominations:

Honoring the achievements of women in statistical research and scholarship is a critical part of our mission.  As noted in this paper, association awards not only highlight individual accomplishments, but they light the way for the collective improvement of women’s status in professional statistics. By recognizing the accomplishments of women in statistics, we can set a standard of excellence toward which others in the field can strive. Additionally, these recognitions can serve as valuable resources in the progression of women in the statistical field, supplementing CVs, biographies, and academic credibility in the competitive environment of research and scholarship publication.

Below, we have listed the areas in which women are eligible to compete for awards in the ISI and affiliated associations.  Women should apply for these awards not only to receive recognition for their efforts, but also to share their work so others can use it as a guidepost for future research.  Broadening the pool of applicants to include a proportionate number of women helps ensure appropriate recognition of individual efforts and the efforts of women throughout the field who have historically not been as visible as their male counterparts.  Anyone – male or female – may—and should—nominate female statisticians whose work is worthy of such awards.


The International Statistical Institute, as well as its seven associations, gives awards in a variety of areas to recognize outstanding contributions to the statistics profession. The awards and links to pages where you can apply are below.

International Statistical Institute Awards

Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability

International Association for Official Statistics

International Association for Statistical Computing

International Association of Survey Statisticians

International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics

The International Environmetrics Society – TIES


Details of awards

International Statistical Institute Awards

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.

Mahalanobis International Award in Statistics

The Mahalanobis International Award 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.

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.

Service Awards

The ISI Service awards are given for outstanding service to the ISI and the statistical community.

International Prize in Statistics

The International Prize in Statistics is organized by five leading international statistical organizations, including the ISI. The prize recognizes individuals whose powerful and original ideas led to breakthroughs in other disciplines or have had important practical effects on the world.

Joint ISI + IBS Initiative for 2017 World Statistics Congress

This award was newly created to fund two young statisticians, members of the IBS, to participate in the 2017 World Statistics Congress (WSC).  As “young statistician” was considered someone who has obtained their most recent statistics qualification in the last ten years, i.e. their PhD (or latest degree in statistics) was awarded after 2006.

Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability

Bernoulli Prize for an Outstanding Survey Article in Probability and Statistics

The Bernoulli Prize for an Outstanding Survey Article is to recognize authors of an influential survey publication in the areas of probability and statistics, respectively. The paper should be timely in addressing areas of active or emerging importance, but have been in circulation long enough for there to be evidence of its impact.

Itô Prize

The Ito prize honors the memory and celebrates the legacy of Professor Kiyosi Itô and his seminal contributions to probability theory. It is awarded every two years to the best in paper in Stochastic Processes and their Applications published in a period of two years

Wolfgang Doeblin Prize

The Doeblin prize honors the scientific work of Wolfgang Doeblin and recognizes and promotes outstanding work by researchers at the beginning of their mathematical careers in the field of Probability.

Ethel Newbold Prize

The Ethel Newbold Prize for excellence in statistics recognizes a historically important role of women in statistics. It is awarded to an outstanding statistical scientist for a body of work that represents excellence in research in mathematical statistics, and/or excellence in research that links developments in a substantive field to new advances in statistics. The prize itself is for excellence in statistics without reference to the gender of the recipient.

SLAPEM Francisco Aranda-Ordaz Prize

The Francisco Aranda-Ordaz Prize is awarded every two/three years to the winner of a Ph.D. thesis contest sponsored by the Bernoulli Society. The prize is awarded for one thesis in Probability and one thesis in Statistics written by students from Latin America regardless of the country of the university offering the degree. The winners are invited to present their works at the CLAPEM meeting.

Bernoulli Society New Researcher Award

The Bernoulli Society welcomes submissions to the New Researcher Award, which recognizes excellent work by newcomers to the statistical field.

International Association for Official Statistics

Prize for Young Statisticians

The Prize for Young Statisticians is awarded to young statisticians who submit exceptional papers in the area of statistics and is selected by International Selection Committee. The papers generally are intended to promote the understanding and advancement of official statistics and related subjects, and to foster the development of effective and efficient official statistical services, particularly in developing countries, through international contacts among individuals and organizations, including users of official statistics as well as research institutions. 

International Association for Statistical Computing

Best Paper Award COMPSTAT 2016

Best Paper Award LACSC 2016

Best Poster Award LACSC 2016

Best Paper Award LACSC 2017 

International Association for Statistical Education

Best Poster Competition

ISLP is pleased to announce the International Poster Competition for 2018-2019. The competition invites school and university students from around the world to design a statistical poster. There is no particular theme or topic required for a poster to be eligible. The posters should reflect or illustrate usage analysis, interpretation and communication of statistics or statistical information.

Best Cooperative Project Award in Statistical Literacy

The Best Cooperative Project Award in Statistical Literacy is awarded every two years, in recognition of outstanding, innovative, and influential statistical literacy projects that affect a broad segment of the general public and are fruit of the cooperation of different types of institutions (national statistical offices, schools, statistical societies, media, libraries etc.).

International Association of Survey Statisticians

Cochran-Hansen Prize

The Cochran-Hansen Prize, which is awarded every two years for the best paper on survey research methods submitted by a young statistician from a developing or transition country.   

International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics

William Sealy Gossett Award

Best Paper Competition for Young Researchers

Best Poster Awards

The International Environmetrics Society – TIES

The International Environmentrics Society (TIES) offers several awards recognizing recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of environmetrics.  These awards include:

Abdel El-Shaarawi Early Investigator’s Award

TIES-Wiley Best Student Presentation Award

TIES-Wiley Best Poster Award

Sylvia Esterby Presentation Award

Ian McNeill Presentation Award

TIES Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service award recognizes passionate and pioneering leadership in developing and promoting environmental and ecological statistics, and of active, professional service throughout the lifetime of The International Environmetrics Society (TIES), including being a Member of the TIES Founding Board of Directors.

Best GRASPA Poster Presentation

The Italian environmetricians group named GRASPA (Gruppo di Ricerca per le Applicazioni della Statistica ai Problemi Ambientali), is a standing group of the Italian Statistical Society (SIS) for Environmental Statistics, sustainability and territorial safety. GRASPA-SIS promotes statistical and interdisciplinary research in the field of environmental quality, safety and sustainability including air and water quality, epidemiology, earth science and ecology.

Best Risk Assessment Paper


Recent female winners

ISI Service Awards

Hasnae Fdhil. For outstanding and dedicated service to ISI.

Irena Krizman: For outstanding and dedicated leadership and service to ISI and the international statistical community in Statistical Capacity Building developments and innovations, including ISI leadership workshops and meetings across Africa; global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data; UN World Data Forum, Cape Town, January 2017; and ISI side events to UNSC.

Ito Prize

Noemi Kurt and Adrian Gonzalez Casanova:  Kurt and Gonzalez Casanova from the Technical University of Berlin, Anton Wakolbinger from Goethe University, and Linglong Yuan from Uppsala University, won the prize for their joint paper “An individual-based model for the Lenski experiment, and the deceleration of the relative fitness,” published in Stochastic Processes and their Applications.

IAOS Prize For Young Statisticians 2017

Hannah Thomas: Hannah Thomas from the United Kingdom, received the prize for her paper “The Dissemination Game: How to communicate official statistics to non-expert users.”

IASE-ISLP Poster Competition 2017

Bernise Roelofse and Berdine Roelofse

Jo Yuna and Lee Yena

TIES Abdel El-Shaarawi Young Researcher’s Award 2016

Ying Sun: Ying Sun, from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, received the award for “outstanding contributions to Environmental Statistics, in particular in the areas of spatio-temporal statistics and functional data analysis and visualization and for her distinguished service to the profession.”

TIES-Wiley Best Student Presentation Award

Marnie McLean:  McLean, from the University of Glasgow, UK, received the award for her paper “Modelling groundwater contamination: a comparison of spatial and spatiotemporal methods.”

Joint ISI + IBS Initiative for 2017 World Statistics Congress 2017

Annette Okoth:  Annette Okoth from Kenya is a PhD Student in Statistics, at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kakamega, Kenya. She holds a Msc. in Statistics (2012) from the same University.