Applied Probability Section launches biennial PhD competition

The RSS Applied Probability Section biennial PhD competition will be open to students who have defended a PhD thesis in applied probability in the last two years. The winner of the competition will be given the opportunity to organise an RSS Applied Probability Section workshop on a topic of their choice, with the support of the APS committee.

To be eligible for the award, candidates should have completed a PhD at a UK university. The PhD defence should have taken place between 1 January 2020 and 28 February 2022. Applications will be judged on the contribution of their PhD thesis to the field of applied probability, broadly interpreted, and its potential for long term impact on applied probability and/or its potential to reach out into statistical science and other application areas, both established and novel.

How to apply and deadline:
To apply for the prize, candidates should submit:

  • An electronic copy of the final version of the thesis.
  • Two supporting letters (max 2 pages) from referees who have a good knowledge of the thesis. This might be the PhD advisor, and the external examiner.
  • A two-page summary, written by the candidate, reviewing the main contributions of the thesis.

Candidates should also confirm the date of the defence of the thesis. Submissions must be received by mid-day GMT on the 1 March 2022. All documents, including supporting letters, should be sent by email by the candidate to


  • The PhD must have been awarded by a UK university.
  • The candidate may only apply once. A candidate who applies in 2022 will not be eligible for the award in 2024.

Questions regarding eligibility should be directed to Note that candidates need not be members of the RSS in order to be considered for the prize.

The recipient of the award will receive a certificate. To disseminate and foster their area of research, the recipient of the award will be invited to organise a meeting of the RSS Applied Probability Section. The recipient will be supported in this endeavour by members of the RSS Applied Probability section and by RSS staff. These meetings typically take the form of an afternoon meeting at the RSS on Errol Street, London. Normally, the meeting would be expected to take place on a topic closely related to the winning thesis.

The winning candidate will be chosen from eligible submissions by the committee of the Applied Probability Section. The decision of the committee is final. The winner of the competition will be announced around the end of July 2022. The winner will be notified by the committee, and will be announced on the RSS website.

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