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Annual awards

The University of Tartu gives out annual awards to recognise its members’ outstanding achievements in giving higher education, doing research and serving society to value their visibility at the university and in society. In giving out the annual awards, the university proceeds from its strategic plan and good practices.

Members of the Rector’s Office and the councils of institutes, colleges and non-faculty institutions may propose the nominees for the contribution to society award, research award and language award to the committees formed by the rector. Students can submit nominations for the teaching staff of the year award on the website of the Student Union.

The deadline of submitting the nominees for all annual awards is 20 December. 
 

Contribution to society award

The University of Tartu contribution to society award is given to recognise a university member or working group who has had a significant impact on the development of society in the previous year. The award has been given since 2021.

The rector presents the contribution to society award in February at the ceremony marking the anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. The recipient is given a certificate and a bonus.
 

Research award

The University of Tartu research award is given to recognise a university’s academic staff member or working group who has stood out by an extraordinary achievement in basic or applied research in the previous year. The award has been given since 2021.

The rector presents the research award in February at the ceremony marking the anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.  The recipient is given a certificate and a bonus.
 

Language award

The University of Tartu language award is given to recognise a university member or working group who has stood out in the previous year by valuing the Estonian language in fulfilling the university’s goals either in giving higher education, doing research or serving society. The award has been given since 2021.

The rector presents the language award in March at the event organised to celebrate the Mother Tongue Day. The recipient is given a certificate and a bonus.
 

Teaching staff of the year award

The University of Tartu teaching staff of the year award is given to recognise one academic staff member in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Science and Technology who has stood out by excellent teaching skills in the previous year. The award has been given since 2006.

The rector presents the teaching staff of the year awards in February at the ceremony marking the anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. The recipient is given a certificate and a bonus.
 

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Sander Ratso and Juhan Saharov received the main prizes in National Contest for University Students

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Letters of appreciation

The University of Tartu letter of appreciation may be awarded to university members and individuals outside the university who have made a significant contribution to the success of an undertaking

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Good practice of wearing decorations

The University of Tartu Grand Medal, the Medal, the Badge of Distinction, the decoration “100 Semesters at the University of Tartu”, the Johan Skytte Medal and the University of Tartu Star of Appre

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