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Young IT Scientist Award


The Young IT Scientist Award, which is valued at 5000 euros, is designed for scientists up to the age of 35, who has acquired a doctoral degree, has been admitted for a doctorial studies programme (at either an Estonian or foreign university) or whose research work is closely related to the development of information technology and related spheres (main focus: software development and applications). The award can be used to promote research work or for its implementation in practice.

Nominations may be submitted by the IT young scientists themselves or by their tutors or employers, professional association, universities, or by members of the Board of the Cultural Foundation. Nominations must comprise a written application, including personal details and curriculum vitae; a description of the research being conducted; a list of published research work relevant to the research in question; and at least two references from tutors or teachers.

The Young Scientist Award is presented by the Cultural Foundation of the President of the Republic of Estonia and it will be funded by Skype Estonia for the next three years. The award is given once a year, in January.

All application documents should be sent to the Cultural Foundation of the President of the Republic at Weizenbergi 39, 15050 Tallinn or e-mailed in digitally signed form to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Cultural Foundation collates the documents and presents them to the Board. The recipient of the award is selected by the Board along with a representative of Skype Estonia.

The Board of the Cultural Foundation may, if they so wish or if required, consult scientists and lecturers as well as other experts before nominating the recipient of the award.

Previous laureates:

– Sharemind data processing system author, developer and implementer Dan Bogdanov