Albert Pullerits grant

The aim of the young statistician’s grant named after Albert Pullerits is to promote statistics as a very important branch of science, to motivate young people interested in statistics to apply and develop statistical methods, and to strengthen Statistics Estonia’s collaboration with research institutions. Albert Pullerits (1892–1967) was the first director of the Estonian State Central Bureau of Statistics and the founder and developer of official Estonian statistics.

Subject area

The subject areas are population, social life, economy and the environment.

Requirements for applicants

  1. All persons whose Master’s or Bachelor’s thesis (hereinafter: student paper) on population, social life, economy or the environment has been completed in 2016 and implements or develops a statistical method to a significant extent are eligible to apply for the grant.
  2. The student paper submitted for the competition must meet the following requirements:
    • the author of the student paper is 30 or younger in the year when he/she applies for the grant;
    • the student paper is in compliance with the requirements set for the content and structure of an academic paper;
    • the student paper is in Estonian or English;
    • the author of the student paper is a permanent resident of Estonia.
  3. The application must be supported by the following papers:
    • an application letter which indicates the time and place of defence of the student’s work (incl. the student’s speciality and educational institution), the student’s contact details (e-mail address, telephone number) and the contact details of the supervisor or reviewer (e-mail address, telephone number), place of work or educational institution at the moment of submitting the application;
    • an electronic copy of the student paper;
    • in the case of a student paper in English, a summary in Estonian (2–3 pages);
    • a letter of opinion written by the supervisor or reviewer.
  4. Student papers together with the required documents can be submitted to Statistics Estonia (e-mail: statistika at stat dot ee, keyword "Albert Pulleritsu preemia") until 22 May 2016 (incl.). Papers submitted later are excluded from assessment.
  5. The student paper shall be submitted by the author or supervisor. One supervisor can nominate only one applicant.

Procedure and criteria of the assessment

  1. For the assessment of student papers, an evaluation committee is established. The committee consists of the Head of the Methodology and Analysis Department, a Principal or Senior Methodologist of the Methodology Department, representatives of the statistical department dealing with the subject area of the competition, a representative of the Editorial Council of Statistics Estonia and a member of the Statistical Council (excl. the representative from Statistics Estonia).
  2. Members of the evaluation committee are approved by the Directive of the Director General of Statistics Estonia.
  3. The number of members of the committee depends on the number of works submitted for the competition.
  4. Members of the committee do not participate in assessing the papers that they have supervised or reviewed or if they are not impartial for any other reason.
  5. In assessing the student papers, the committee takes into account the following criteria:
    • novelty of the conception
    • methodology
    • applicability of the results

In case two papers are assessed as equally good, prevalence is given to the applicability of the results.

Announcement and recognition of the winners

  1. Statistics Estonia will announce the winner for the Albert Pullerits Grant on the website of Statistics Estonia by 22.06.2016. The winner will be awarded a certificate and an iPad. The winner’s supervisor will be awarded a certificate of honour.
  2. The winner’s paper will be published on the website of Statistics Estonia.
  3. In case of a vacancy for a suitable job, the winner can do they internship at Statistics Estonia if they so wish.


The notice on the requirements for applicants will be published on the website of Statistics Estonia.
Additional information: tel. +372 625 9300.