A scholarship in the amount of 20,000 euros, provided by the Government Office, will be given to historian (PhD) Ivo Juurvee for compiling an academic biography about Kaarel Eenpalu. The biography will be completed in 2017.
“The Government Office wants to support the recording of the biographies of our statesmen and, in this way, remember the founders of the Republic of Estonia,” Secretary of State Heiki Loot said and added that this autumn, there will be a presentation of a book about Otto Teif, which is already the second book in the series of the biographies of the statesmen.
The Government Office announced the scholarship “The Estonian Heads of State 1918–1940/1944” on 23 April this year and under the framework of this, a scholarship in the amount of 20,000 euros will be given out. A total of four applications were received.
To review the applications and choose the scholarship recipients, the State Archivist formed a scholarship committee composed of the following scientific experts: historians (PhDs) Tõnu Tannberg, Enn Tarvel and Ago Pajur.
The Government Office established the scholarship “The Estonian Heads of State 1918–1940/1944” in 2007. The manuscripts that will have been approved by the committee will be published in the series of biographies of the Estonian statesmen, which has been established by the National Archives.
In 2008, the scholarship was given to Professor Jüri Ant to research the activities of August Rei. The completed monograph “August Rei – An Estonian Statesman, Politician, Diplomat” was published in 2012 and it was the first book in the series of biographies of the Estonian statesmen.
In 2012, the scholarship was given to Indrek Paavle to compile an academic biography about Otto Tief. The book is scheduled to be published this autumn, which marks the passing of 70 years from the formation of Tief’s government.
In 2013, two scholarships were issued – to Krista Aru to write an academic biography about Jaan Tõnisson and to Toomas Karjahärm and Ago Pajur to compile an academic biography about Konstantin Päts. The biographies will be completed by 2018, when the Republic of Estonia celebrates its 100th anniversary.