Leslie Kish International Fellowship

Financing your education in the Sampling Program for Survey Statisticians is an investment in a better future. The Leslie Kish funds are limited and all Sampling Program for Survey Statistician applicants applying for funding should seek out additional sources other than the Kish Fellowship. Participant selection for funding will be made after review of all Sampling Program for Survey Statistician applications.  The 2024 Sampling Program application is now available and must be submitted by November 15, 2023. There is no Kish Fellowship application that will need to be completed.

2018 Sampling Program for Survey Statisticians Graduates and Instructors

Past Kish Fellows of the Sampling Program

Leslie Kish

Leslie Kish was Co-founder and Research Scientist Emeritus of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, and Professor Emeritus of the Department of Sociology. In a professional career spanning more than six decades, he was a distinguished scientist, statistician, and professor, developing many important tools in survey sampling and stimulating research into a wide range of problems.

In 1961 Professor Kish founded the Sampling Program for Foreign Statisticians (the Sampling Program for Survey Statisticians today) devoted to training statisticians from developing countries, as well as others, in sound probability sampling methods for diverse complex survey research problems. The Sampling Program has trained more than 500 participants from over 100 countries since its inception. He was instrumental in the teaching and administration of this program for nearly 40 years.

When Professor Kish died in 2000, the Institute for Social Research established the Leslie Kish International Fellowship to recognize his scholarly achievements and devotion to teaching. Funds are used to support Summer Institute participants from outside the U.S. studying survey sampling.