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Honorary fellows

The honorary fellowship of the University of Tartu may be conferred on a natural person who has made a significant contribution to the attainment of a statutory objective of the University of Tartu, including by means of a substantial monetary support. The honorary title was established in 1852. The university presents honorary fellows with a medal.


The right to propose candidates for honorary fellowships may be exercised by members of the university senate and council and by councils of faculties and non-faculty institutions. The university council decides on the granting of an honorary fellowship.
The rector presents the title of the honorary fellowship and the medal on 1 December at the ceremony marking the anniversary of Estonia’s national university.

Honorary fellow 2017

Harry Huge

2012
Gunnar Vasar (posthumously)

2009
Erich Rannu
Nadia Walter-Tschishewsky
Ago Peters

2008
Olga Sternik
Horst-Werner Maier-Hunke
Voldemar Jaanberg (posthumously)

2007
Toomas Sildmäe

2006
Freidrich Fred Raimond Allik (posthumously)
Helgi Nirk (posthumously)

2004
Walter Keller
Elmar Tampõld

2002
Linda Roose Kaljot
Magda Puusepp (posthumously)

2001
Henning Kramer

1999
Bengt von zur Mühlen
Pekka Artturi Oinonen

1998
Jochen Friedrich Kirchhoff
Toivo Miljan
Aare-Ruth Mörner
Aino Järvesoo

1997
Wolfgang Haβe
Nils Otto von Taube

1996
Egon Brinkschmidt
Uffe Ellemann-Jensen
Hans-Dietrich Genscher

1995
Wilhelm Held
Tõivelemb Kivikas
Ekkehard Pabsch
Laine Silvere-Pant
Maria Wasna

1990
Endel Aruja
Hilja Aun
Maret Aun
Nikolai Küttis
Walter Väärsi

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Tartu Ülikooli üliõpilased Sander Ratso ja Juhan Saharov Foto Aron Urb

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

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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 vi

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21.11.2021
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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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21.11.2021