Pro Gradu Award for Master’s thesis on pensions

Each year, the Finnish Centre for Pensions grants an award to a distinguished Master’s thesis on a topic of interest to pension provision that was accepted at a Finnish university in the previous calendar year.

The award is 2,000 euros.

The aim of the reward is to encourage students to write a thesis on pension provision and to promote the teaching and research on pensions carried out at universities in Finland.

Applying for the award

The award can be applied for next time at the beginning of 2020. A committee appointed by the Finnish Centre for Pensions will select the winner of the award.

The award can be granted to a Masters’ thesis that is accepted at one of the universities in Finland in the previous calendar year. The thesis can be written within the fields of history, mathematics, law, social policy, sociology, economics, statistics, insurance, communication or demography.

Both the authors and their supervisors and examiners can nominate the work for the award.

The accepted Masters’ thesis and the examiners’ statements (both in pdf format), along with the author’s contact information, is to be attached to the freely formulated letter of nomination.

2018 Pro Gradu Award

The 2018 Pro Gradu Award was awarded on 23 May 2019 to Natalia Edelmann (Tampere University).

In her Master’s thesis, Edelmann uses statistical methods to investigate factors that affect the success of rehabilitation within the earnings-related pension system. The subject of the thesis is current and challenging, and it has been carefully anchored in the social and scientific discussion.

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Pro Gradu Award to Natalia Edelmann (etk.fi news)

Natalia Edelmann’s Master’s thesis (in Finnish) in Tampere University Institutional Repository


Previous Pro Gradu Award winners

Pro Gradu Award 2017

The 2017 Pro Gradu Award was awarded on 30 May 2018 to Piia Vehkoja (University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research). Vehkoja’s pro gradu thesis reviewed the European Union’s policies and measures within the field of pension policy.