Medals, Prizes, Scholarships


The highest prize of the Academy is the Medal of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, awarded to individuals for outstanding services in development of Estonian science or in helping forward its development, as well as for services in performance of tasks of the Estonian Academy of Sciences.

Letter of Appreciation of the Academy is a prize of the Academy, conferred as a token of acknowledgement:

  • To employees of the Academy: for long-term devoted service of the Academy, for successful fulfilment of important large-scale work assignments or for successful preparation and conducting of major events;
  • To other persons: for long-term contribution to the efforts of the Academy or participation in the operation of the Academy; as well as for outstandind special support to the Academy in fulfilment of its mission or preparation and conducting of the Academy activities.


Memorial medals of the Estonian Academy of Sciences:

  • Nikolai Alumäe Medal in informatics and engineering;
  • Karl Schlossmann Medal in medicine and related areas;
  • Paul Ariste Medal in social sciences and the humanities;
  • Wilhelm Ostwald Medal in chemistry and related areas;
  • Karl Ernst von Baer Medal in life and earth sciences.


Memorial prizes of the Estonian Academy of Sciences:

  • Bernhard Schmidt Prize has been instituted to recognize achievements pertaining to tresearch and development activities and practical implementation of research findings of young scientists and engineers working in Estonia.
  • Karl Ernst von Baer Prize has been instituted to recognize research findings attained in Estonia in the area of biology, geography and geology, whereas Karl Ernst von Baer had achieved outstanding results in the development of the aforesaid fields of study.


Scholarships of the Academy have been originated to support completion of monographic research works and popular science books, their layout and editing.

Students’ research prizes are the monetary prizes set up by the Estonian Academy of Sciences, instituted for the purpose of according recognition to students having attained outstanding results in scientific work, and stimulating independent research of talented and capable students.

The Prize for Popularisation of Estonian Science is an award granted by way of competition jointly by the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Archimedes Foundation and the Ministry of Education and Research. Its purpose is to acknowledge the merits of science popularisation and to recognize for their outstanding effort individual as well as groups of researchers, who have succeeded in presenting research, science achievements and research efforts of scientists in a generally fascinating form as well as rendering research understandable to a wider public, or who have achieved to hold the interest in research and the profession of researcher, and caused them to be liked and esteemed of young people.