Open Calls

Currently open calls for applications.

In 2024, the Academies of Sciences of the Baltic States and the National Commissions for UNESCO, in cooperation with the Ministries of Education and Science, will award fellowships under the "Baltic Women in Science" program (see the Memorandum of Understanding and Appendix 1 to the MoU). The aim of the program is to enhance the visibility of female scientists, promote gender equality in the scientific world, and inspire the next generations of researchers. The contest will be held independently in each country, the laureates will be announced at a joint ceremony in Vilnius in autumn 2024.

ship is not monitored, but a brief report on the research conducted and its results must be submitted at the end of the year.


Application deadline: July 5, 2024

Who can apply:
All Fellowships are granted for female PhD students or researchers who study or work in Estonian universities or research institutions in research fields listed below.
Granting the Fellowship to the Doctor of Sciences is subject to the condition that no more than 7 (seven) (on the day of opening the call, May 31, 2024) years has passed since the Doctor of Sciences has obtained her doctorate. If the applicant has been on maternity leave after obtaining her doctorate the time limit shall be extended by 18 months per each maternity leave.

The applicants must fill in the online application form at Most of the information and documents should be submitted in English.

Following mandatory files should be added to the application:

  • Research Plan. Duration 1 year, description of the Research Plan up to 4000 characters with spaces, in English. Plan should contain following information: research problem and research questions, aim, description of the methodology, the way research will be carried out, expected results, approximate schedule etc.
  • Detailed CV (in English)
  • Copies of documents proving acquired degrees (can be in Estonian)
  • List of publications (DOI or link to the article included), list of patents
  • Recommendation letter from a supervisor, team leader, institution, etc. (one letter is sufficient, can be in Estonian)


In Estonia, in 2024 three fellowships of €7,000 each will be awarded to female scientists as follows:

  • For 1 PhD student in the fields of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Medical and Health Sciences (areas 1, 2, 3 of classification according to Frascati Manual)
  • For 1 PhD in the fields of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Medical and Health Sciences (degree obtained no more than 7 years ago) (areas 1, 2, 3 of classification according to Frascati Manual)
  • For 1 PhD in Social Sciences (degree obtained no more than 7 years ago) (area 5 of classification according to Frascati Manual)

The fellowship is awarded in recognition of the research so far and to support the implementation of a one-year research project proposed in the application. The amount of the Fellowship must be used for the pursuit of scientific research in the relevant Baltic country. The use of fellowship is not monitored, but a brief report on the research conducted and its results must be submitted at the end of the year.


The evaluation will primarily focus on the planned research project: the importance of solving the problem in the given scientific field, the scientific level of the project, objectives, chosen methodology and content, originality of the scientific approach and clarity of the research questions and problem description, the achievability of the objectives within the given timeframe. All other submitted documents and information will also be considered.

In Estonia, candidates will be evaluated by a committee formed by the Estonian Academy of Sciences, consisting of Academy Members and previous winners of L’Oreal Baltic Awards: Academy Member Kalle Kirsimäe (chairman of the committee), Academy Members Krista Fischer, Maarja Grossberg-Kuusk (also a previous winner), Tiina Randma-Liiv, and Ellu Saar, and previous winners Dr. Els Heinsalu and Dr. Tuul Sepp.

Contact: Terje Tuisk,, +372 511 0356

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Until 2023, fellowships were awarded within the "Women in Science" initiative by L’Oréal Baltic. The program operated in Latvia from 2005 to 2023, in Estonia and Lithuania from 2017 to 2023. The program supported the professional development of female scientists in the Baltics in cooperation with the Estonian National Commission for UNESCO and the Estonian Academy of Sciences, helping them achieve new goals and benefiting both science and society at large. Science addresses societal challenges, and science needs both men and women equally.

The global "For Women in Science" initiative was established in 1998. Since then, UNESCO and L’Oréal have jointly contributed to the development of science through this program. The program recognizes young female scientists and supports them in achieving their goals and widely disseminating their scientific achievements.

Programme website:
Website of the Estonian National Commission for UNESCO:

7000 euros
Dr. Triin Laisk, Associate Professor of Reproductive Genetics and Genomics at the Institute of Genomics, University of Tartu
Kertu Liis Krigul, Junior Researcher in Microbiomics at the Institute of Genomics, University of Tartu
6000 euros
Dr. Ester Oras, Researcher at the University of Tartu
Karolina Kudelina, PhD Candidate at Tallinn University of Technology
6000 euros
Dr. Kaija Põhako-Esko, Researcher
Mari-Ann Lind, PhD Candidate at the University of Tartu
6000 euros
Prof. Maarja Grossberg, Researcher at Tallinn University of Technology
Lisandra Marina Da Rocha Meneses, Junior Researcher at the Estonian University of Life Sciences
6000 euros
Dr. Tuul Sepp, Researcher in Animal Ecology at the University of Tartu
Kaarin Parts, PhD Candidate in Botany and Ecology at the University of Tartu
6000 euros
Dr. Karin Kogermann, Associate Professor and Lead Researcher at the Institute of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tartu
6000 euros
Dr. Els Heinsalu, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Chemical and Biological Physics

Call for Applications for Estonian-Hungarian research cooperation projects (2025–2027)

The Estonian Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, announces a call for applications to support research visits within the framework of research cooperation projects in the years 2025–2027. The general aim of the call is to support cooperation between Estonian and Hungarian researchers.

The deadline for submitting applications is September 30, 2024.

Project partners
In Estonia, applications are welcome from researchers of all disciplines and research fields who work in positively evaluated research institutions here and wish to continue existing or start new cooperation with cooperation partners in Hungary.

The Hungarian partner must be on the list of Centers of Excellence recognized by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Financial support
Through this scheme academies support mutual visits of researchers.
The host academy books and covers the visiting researcher's accommodation expenses during the visit and pays the per diem according to the host academy's tariffs.
NB! Within this scheme, the visa and international travel costs of Estonian researchers are not covered, nor are the costs of conducting research. Conditions may be different in Hungary, it depends on the organization.

Submission of applications
In Estonia, the application must be submitted together with the mandatory annexes (including a project description and a declaration (the document can be either signed electronically or signed on the paper and upload the scanned document) signed by both partners in the e-environment of the Academy of Sciences contests at

NB! An application with the same content must be submitted by the Hungarian partner to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences based to their conditions. The deadline for applications is Hungary is also September 30, 2024. More information in Hungary: Gergely Mészáros, e-mail, phone +36 1 411 6154, +36 30 145 3403

Schedule of the Call

  • before submitting the application – contact with the institution (researchers) with whom you wish to cooperate and together prepare the content of the project;
  • September 30, 2024 – deadline for submission of applications in both Estonia and Hungary
  • October – November – the Estonian and Hungarian academies of sciences mutually agree on the lists of applications to be evaluated and the agreed applications are sent for evaluation
  • December – the Council of the Foreign Exchange Foundation of Estonia Academy of Sciences and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences together make the final decision on the approval of applications. Hopefully the results will be known before Christmas and will be communicated to applicants as soon as possible.

Additional information and contact: Terje Tuisk,