Janet Laidla Awarded 2024-2025 Emerging Scholars Grant

May 26, 2024

The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies is pleased to announce that Janet Laidla has been awarded the 2024-2025 Research Grant for Emerging Scholars.

The research grants of up to $6,000 support early-career scholars in any field of the Baltic studies. Proposals are evaluated according to the scholarly potential of the applicant and the quality and scholarly importance of the proposed work, especially to the development of Baltic Studies. Funds may be used for travel, duplication, materials, equipment, or other needs as specified.

The 2024 applications were evaluated by the AABS 2023-2024 Grants and Awards Committee consisting of AABS VP for Professional Development Dr. Kaarel Piirimäe, AABS President Dr. Dovilė Budrytė, and AABS Director-at-Large Dr. Daunis Auers. Learn about the other 2024-2025 recipients here.

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Janet Laidla is Lecturer of Estonian History at the Institute of History and Archaeology. Her early research (including her PhD thesis 2017, University of Tartu) concentrated on the early modern period (chronicle writing, history of knowledge). Laidla’s recent research is focused on educated and professional women in Estonia in the 19th and the first part of the 20th century.


Women in academia on the move: case study Estonia, 1919–1939

Project Overview

Academic mobility and international networking are both vital and natural parts of researcher’s everyday life. But how did aspiring women researchers manage during the interwar period and what opportunities did they have for academic mobility and networking? The project explores how the women in Estonia took advantage of the grants and other opportunities provided by several international women’s organisations and tried to advance their own professional careers by networking on an international level during the interwar period. The AABS grant will be used to complement the primary sources from the Estonian archives with those of the international federation and larger national associations located in Europe and the US to provide a full(er) picture.