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Young Scientist Award


The Young Scientist Award, which is valued at 5000 euros, is designed for people up to the age of 35 doing research at an Estonian or foreign college, university or research institution. Candidates must already have completed their doctorate.

Nominations may be submitted by the young scientists themselves or their tutors or employers, as well as 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 recipient of the prize is encouraged to reach an agreement with Estonian colleges and universities to give at least two academic lectures on their research during the year. Preference should be given, where possible, to institutions in Narva, Pärnu, Haapsalu or other centres outside of Tallinn and Tartu.

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 recipient of the prize is selected by the supervisory board, which may, if it so wishes or if required, consult scientists and lecturers.

The Young Scientist Award is issued by the Cultural Foundation and has been sponsored by Väino Kaldoja since 2010. The prize is valued at 5000 euros and is issued once a year.

The Young Scientist Award was established in 2000 by Toomas Luman, a member of the supervisory board of the Cultural Foundation, who also sponsored the award from 2000 to 2009.

Previous laureates:

2000Priit Kogerman, molecular biologist
- Allen Kaasik, pharmacologist
           Culture Foundation Award - Hill Kulu, geographer
Ahto Buldas, computer scientist
Ivo Leito, chemist
Jaan Raik, computer scientist
Sulev Kõks, neurobiologist
Alar Aints, haematologist-oncologist
Ivari Kaljurand, chemist
Veronika Kalmus, sociologist and media scholar
Mait Müntel, physicist
- Bruno Mölder, philosopher
- Peeter Laud, computer scientist
Jaak Kals, senior research specialist in biochemistry and vascular surgeon
- Elmo Tempel, astrophysicist
2014 - Lili Milani, gene researcher
2015 – botanist and mycologist Leho Tedersoo; media and communication researcher Andra Siibak