IAOS Young Statisticians Prize for year 2017 Announcement of Competition


To encourage more young statisticians to take an active interest in official statistics, the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) is announcing its next annual competition for the best paper in the field of official statistics written by a young statistician.  In addition to the monetary prizes, the first place winner will receive travel funds to present the paper at one of the sessions at the 61st World Statistics Congress in Marrakech, Morocco in July 2017.


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 ten or fewer pages in length, be submitted in English, and 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 of the ideas in (practice of) statistical offices; and

  • Quality of the exposition.


Papers must be submitted by December 15, 2016 till 11:59 PM according to (GMT+2) timing. 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 participate in only one paper. The author or authors of the best paper will be awarded:

  • A cash prize valued at €1,500 (divided among co-authors if applicable);

  • Presentation of the paper at a session at the 61st World Statistics Congress, with airfare and hotel accommodation provided (for only one author in situations of co-authorship);

  • Two years of IAOS membership; and

  • A certificate of award from the IAOS acknowledging success in this competition.


Prizes may also be awarded to those in second and third place:

  • 2nd  Place - A cash prize valued at €1000, 2 years of IAOS membership, and a certificate;

  • 3rd  Place - A cash prize valued at €500, 2 years of IAOS membership, and a certificate.


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

To be eligible, authors (and co-authors) must:

  • Be under the age of 35 on December 15, 2016; and

  • Be employed[1] by an official statistical agency[2] on December 15, 2016.


Submissions must comprise a maximum of 10 pages plus a cover page that must include:



·    A mention that it is a “Submission for the IAOS 2017 Prize for Young Statisticians”;

·    The title of the paper;

·    The name(s), job title(s), and e-mail addresses of the author(s);

·    The name of the employing official statistical agency(ies); and

·    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 contained within the maximum of 10 pages.


Any submission exceeding 10 pages plus the cover page will be disqualified.


Please submit papers, in MS Word or compatible format[3] to:

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You can submit questions you may have about the competition to the same e-mail address.


For more information, download the YSP2017 Submission Template & the YSP2017 Guidelines.





[1] Full-time, part-time, or contractual employees are eligible. Professional consultants or members of the teaching profession carrying out a contract with the agency are not eligible. An employee who also teaches or studies on a part-time basis is eligible.

[2] A National or International Statistical Agency, the Statistics Department of a Central Bank or the Statistics Department of a Ministry or Regional or Local Government in a decentralized National Statistical System.

[3] In Cambria, Times New Roman, or other standard (size 12) font, with side, top, and bottom margins of 1 inch (25.4 millimeters).