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 2020 Pro Gradu Award will be open for application in January 2021. 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 was accepted at one of the universities in Finland in 2020. 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.

Previous awards

The 2019 Pro Gradu Award was awarded on 2 June 2020 to Jussi Karhunen (Tampere University).

The 2018 Pro Gradu Award was awarded on 23 May 2019 to Natalia Edelmann (Tampere University). Edelmann used statistical methods to investigate factors that affect the success of rehabilitation within the earnings-related pension system.


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.

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