Scholarship: Support for Work Towards a Career in Government Statistics

2012 Wray Jackson Smith Scholarship
Support for Work Towards a Career in Government Statistics

Deadline: April 1, 2012

The Wray Jackson Smith Scholarship (WJSS) was established in 2001 by the Government Statistics Section (GSS) of the American Statistical Association (ASA). The award was created to honor the memory of a founding member of the GSS and a long-time contributor to federal statistics, whose career in the federal government spanned four decades.

The WJSS is intended to encourage young statisticians to consider a career in government service. The WJSS Award provides funding of $1,000 to be used in ways that will advance the recipient’s exposure to or experience with the application of statistics to problems relevant to any level of government. Past winners have used their awards to attend the Joint Statistical Meetings or other professional conferences; to take short courses or college classes on topics related to data analysis, measurement, or data quality; and to support aspects of their continued public policy research. Funds may be used for travel, board, tuition or registration fees, or for the purchase of books, software, data sets, or other supporting materials for research projects.

The WJSS is targeted at students and others early in their careers who show an interest in government statistics. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent level of education. Membership in the GSS, SSS, or the ASA is not required. Applicants are asked to submit a proposal for the activity to be funded, to complete an application form and provide two letters of recommendation

2012 Application forms: [doc] [pdf]

For further information for 2012, contact John Czajka by e-mail:

Materials should be submitted to:

Wray Jackson Smith Scholarship Committee
c/o John L. Czajka
Mathematica Policy Research
1100 First Street, NE, 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20002-4221
or electronically to


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