Young Scientist Award
The Young Scientist Award is granted by the Cultural Foundation and sponsored by Väino Kaldoja through direct donations to the foundation. Kaldoja has undertaken to finance the award, in the amount of 4,800 Euros, for at least the next ten years. The award is granted annually.
The prize is designed to be awarded to a young Estonian scientist 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 of the documents related to nominations for the award must be submitted to the Cultural Foundation at the postal or e-mail address of the Office of the President of the Republic. The Cultural Foundation collates the documents and presents them to the Board. The recipient of the award is selected by the Board, who may, if they so wish or if required, consult scientists and lecturers.
The Young Scientist Award was created in 2000 by Toomas Luman, Member of the Supervisory Board of the Cultural Foundation. He also financed the award from 2000-2009.
2000 - Priit Kogerman, molecular biologist
2001 - Allen Kaasik, pharmacologist
Culture Foundation Award - Hill Kulu, geographer
2002 - Ahto Buldas, computer scientist
2003 - Ivo Leito, chemist
2004 - Jaan Raik, computer scientist
2005 - Sulev Kõks, neurobiologist
2006 - Alar Aints, haematologist-oncologist
2007 - Ivari Kaljurand, chemist
2008 - Veronika Kalmus, sociologist and media scholar
2009 - Mait Müntel, physicist
2010 - Bruno Mölder, philosopher
2011 - Peeter Laud, computer scientist
2012 - Jaak Kals, senior research specialist in biochemistry and vascular surgeon