National Contest for University Students

On the photo: the winner of the main prize 2020 Tarvo Vaarmets

The aim of the national contest for university students is to promote research among university students, stimulate them to be more active and to acknowledge students who have achieved outstanding results with their thesis, study, research or scientific publication.

NB! Next deadline for submitting research papers is 15 September 2021!

Want to participate? Click here to find out how!

The contest is open for all students studying in Estonia (including foreign students studying in Estonia) and Estonian citizens studying abroad. Research papers can be submitted on all university levels: applied higher education and bachelor’s studies; master’s studies; doctoral studies and in all fields of research:

  1. Natural Sciences;
  2. Engineering and Technology;

    On the photo: the winner of main prize 2020 Peep Pihelo
  3. Medical and Health Sciences;
  4. Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences;
  5. Social Sciences;
  6. Humanities and the Arts.

Objectives of the contest are to:

  • raise appreciation for research among the students
  • stimulate the activities of students in the field of research
  • acknowledge students and groups of students who have achieved outstanding results in research.

The award fund is 83 977,79 euros in total:

  • national awards for students following bachelor’s or professional degree programmes: 1st prize 960 euros, 2nd prize 650 euros, 3rd prize 320 euros;
  • national awards for master’s students: 1st prize 1600 euros, 2nd prize 1300 euros, 3rd prize 700 euros;
  • national awards for doctoral students: 1st prize 1600 euros, 2nd prize 1300 euros, 3rd prize 700 euros;
  • 3 special prizes of the President of Estonian Academy of Sciences, 5497,79 euros in total;
  • up to 2 special prizes of fund for constitutional law of Estonian Academy of Sciences, 2300 euros in total;
  • up to 2 special prizes of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the fields of international relations, foreign affairs, development cooperation, cyber security or other fields managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1500 euros in total;
  • up to 6 special prizes of Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs in the fields of social affairs, labour and health, 3400 euros in total;
  • up to 4 special prizes of Estonian National Heritage Board in the field of cultural heritage or fields closely connected to that, 3000 euros in total;
  • a special prize of the Foundation of Marine Culture of Captain Uno Laur for the best research paper in the field of maritime affairs, 1000 euros in total;
  • a special prize of the Foundation of Pere Sihtkapital, 2300 euros in total.

The special prizes conferred by President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences are as follows:

  • students following bachelor’s or professional degree programmes: special prize for auspicious scintillating sparks – π×250=785.40 euros;
  • doctoral or master’s students: 1st special prize for the most elegant student research paper – π×1000=3141.59 euros; 2nd special prize for an unconventional student research paper –  π×500=1570.80 euros.

In addition, the competition awards two national main prizes (a 3600 euros) irrespective of the fields of research and levels of education.

The results of 2020 contest are available HERE! (unfortunately in Estonian only)!

Read the press release of the contest results HERE (unfortunately in Estonian only)

Contacts:

Signe Toomla
e-mail signe.toomla@etag.ee

The contest is organized in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.