To ensure the inclusion of promising young researchers of the future in defence related research, the Ministry of Defence is organising a Master’s thesis competition and will be awarding eight scholarships in the amount of EUR 4250.
This year it will be possible to submit works in five different thematic categories, such as cryptography, situational awareness, record keeping for defence-related material, defence-related infrastructure planning and administration, and counter-drone systems. The selection of thematic categories was based on the current relevance of the topic and development projects currently underway.
According to Ivar Janson, Director of the Field of Innovation within the Defence Investments Department at the Ministry of Defence, participants in this year’s competition could base their work on the keywords of speed, efficiency, sustainability and foresight.
‘We live in a complex work, where military conflicts are anything but simple – in order to be able to operate in such an environment we must be able to quickly make smart decisions,’ said Janson. ‘We await solutions from Master’s students, which would help make working processes faster and conserve resources through the use of smart solutions,’ he added.
According to Janson, various technology trends are being closely followed in the field of defence, since technology is a critical component in every direction of future defence development. ‘We are definitely interested in solutions that implement the latest knowledge in machine learning and cryptography,’ he noted.
Participation in the competition is beneficial for Master’s students as well as the field of defence as a whole, creating scientifically competent young talent in fields of research that are important to Estonia’s national defence. ‘Master’s students receive the opportunity to get to know the particularities and specifics of the defence field and to apply the knowledge they have acquired in university for the benefit of Estonia’s defence,’ Janson.
The evaluation committee determines scholarship recipients based on the criteria for assessing scholarships, such as the expected contribution and importance of the results of their Master's thesis to the development of Estonia’s defence capability, the level and relevance of the plan, and the expected academic level and innovativeness.
The competition is open to all of Estonia’s public universities – excluding the Estonian National Defence College – and institutions of professional higher education or Estonian citizens who are Master’s students studying at universities abroad.
To apply for the scholarship one must send their choice of topic and Master’s thesis plan, along with other necessary documents, to the Ministry of Defence at the address stipendiumid[at]kaitseministeerium[dot]ee, by 31 October of the current year.