The Ministry of Defence is awarding eight scholarships for Master's study to the best researchers studying topics relating to national defence; in addition, one scholarship will be awarded by the defence industry company Milrem.
The scholarships for Master's study, in the amount of EUR 4250, are intended to raise the level of national defence related scientific research and to include master’s students from Estonian universities in helping to find solutions to current defence related challenges. In order to ensure the high level of the Master’s theses, co-instructors have been selected and assigned to each topic from among the ranks of the best experts within the area of government of the Ministry of Defence.
Recipients of this year's scholarships:
Maret Aarla-Kask, TUT: „Tsiviilelanikkonna liikumine kriisi ja sõjaolukorras ning selle mõju riigikaitseliste üksuste tegevusvabadusele“;
Andres Feldman, TUT: „Proliferation of „drones“ and its implications to Estonia’s security and defence“;
Aron Haljaste, TUT: „Lahinguvälja sideolukorra simuleerimine võrkude sidekauguste ja levialade määratlemiseks“;
Erko Kulu, TUT: „Seniitkiirgusega side Eesti tingimustes”;
Mart Laul, TUT: „Õhuväe raketisihtmärkide arendamine“;
Kadri Lutter, TU: „Strategic aspects of allied air/maritime power in the Baltic Sea region“;
Merle Peedoson, TU: „Julgeolekuasutuste ja Kaitseväeluure volitused ja nende rakendamise kord kõrgendatud kaitsevalmiduse, erakorralise seisukorra ja sõjaseisukorra ajal”;
Dagmar Samon, TUT: „Piirivalvamise eest vastutavate organisatsioonide ülesanne riigi kaitsmisel hetkel ja tulevikus“;
Andreas Sepp, TUT: „Virtuaalkeskkond mehitamata maismaasõidukite testimiseks“.
In order provide momentum to cooperation between researchers and the defence industry, the private sector was also included in the scholarship competition. Within the framework of this year's competition the Ministry of Defence concluded a cooperation agreement with defence industry company Milrem, which awarded an additional scholarship in the same amount.
According to Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso, it is important that Estonia discovers and supports students who are deeply interested in the field of defence and ready to dedicate themselves to national defence related research.
“With the help of scholarships we want to motivate and encourage clever master's students to link their studies to national defence as a field, and to select interesting and important topics for their research project, which would also have a practical application,” said Hanso.
All Estonian students studying at public Estonian universities or in foreign universities beginning their master's studies were invited to participate in the competition. The students were given the opportunity to select a possible topic for their master’s thesis from among 24 proposed topics. A total of 17 applications were submitted to the competition.