Bachelor degree scholarships


Scholarships of Estonian Government

Name of the scholarship programme: Estonian national scholarship programme for international students, researchers and academic staff. The scholarships at the first level of higher education are intended to support the degree study of international students at the Estonian institutions of higher education (HEI).

Subjects: The scholarship can be applied for only for the studies in the areas related to Estonian language and culture.

Scholarship amount: 350 EUR per month. Additional costs such as tuition fee, health insurance and other costs will not be compensated.

Period and conditions of the scholarship

The scholarship for degree study is paid for twelve calendar months each academic year during the nominal period of study, except the last academic year of the nominal period of study when the scholarship is paid for ten months.

A scholarship is paid on condition that the scholarship recipient is studying full time and completes cumulatively at least 75% of the coursework required by the curriculum by the end of each academic year. The scholarship of degree study is not paid during the stay at academic leave or in exceeding the nominal duration of the studies.

The commission will favour applicants who have not been granted or given any other scholarships for the same period or for the same aim.

 Please also readGuide of the scholarship programme for international students in English

Application procedure and deadlines

The application period for 2018 is April 1st - May 1st.

The following documents shall be submitted for the scholarship for degree students:

  • application form and motivation letter through online application system
  • confirmation of admission from the higher education institution in Estonia or confirmation of submission of required admission documents;
  • copy of passport or ID-card.

All documents should be in English or Estonian. Documents must be translated to any of these languages if the language of issuance is different. The foundation has the right to require the additional documents. Submitted documents will be not returned to the applicant. The applications which are not full complicated, drawn up as required, include false information or are submitted with a delay are not assessed.

The application system link: Please register in order to start the application.

Admission to Estonian higher education institution

The entrance to the institution of higher education is separate from the application for the scholarship. The decision to award scholarship for the applicant does not guarantee his/her admittance to the HEI. The applicant should submit the required documents to the HEI according to the entrance requirements of the institution of higher education. The decision on admittance to the institution of higher education should be adopted before the payment of scholarship.


Programme coordinator: Ms Triinu Lillepalu, 

Guide of the national scholarship programme for international students,researchers and academic staff:

HEI contacts

Estonian Academy of Arts: Ms. Helen Kärner-Gavrilin,

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre: Ms. Hanneleen Pihlak,

Estonian Business School: Ms. Liina Reimann,

Estonian University of Life Sciences: Ms. Eda Tursk,

Tallinn University of Technology: (for new students, who are applying to study in university), already admitted students should contact their faculty for releveant confirmation letter.

Tallinn University: (for new students, who are applying to study in university), already admitted students should contact their faculty for relevant confirmation letter.

University of Tartu: (for new students, who are applying to study in university), already enrolled students should contact their faculty for relevant confirmation letter.

Compatriots scholarships

Name of the scholarship programme: Compatriots programme

The aim is support degree studies of young expatriate Estonians in Estonia’s public universities, national institutions of applied higher education and vocational education centres. Eligible to apply for the scholarship are young expatriate Estonians who have not lived in Estonia permanently for the last 5 years.

Scholarship amount: the scholarship includes a one-time settling in allowance, a monthly subsistence grant during studies, travel grant (travel expenses for travelling home and back twice a year), extra scholarship for good academic performance, paid once a year, state fee for residence permit and health insurance, if necessary.

For receiving the subsistence grant next year, the grantee must complete at least 75% of the annual study volume. The scholarship is not paid during academic leave or during studies which have exceeded the nominal period.


The study scholarship will support successful applicants who wish to enrol for curricula taught in the Estonian language. If an applicant’s command of the Estonian language is insufficient to successfully cope with learning in that language, the applicant can request a grant to support his/her participation in an intensive Estonian language course prior to engaging in substantive studies under the curriculum chosen. The Compatriots Programme cannot support studies in languages other than Estonian.


Applicants must submit to the following documents (either in Estonian, English or Russian):

  • signed formal application;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • copy of the document certifying the acquired education (diploma with the transcript of grades) or extract of the study results of the graduation class of high school and the copy of the certificate of the penultimate class;
  • copy of the personal data page of passport;
  • copy of the document certifying the Estonian origin (birth certificate, parents' or grandparents' birth certificates, etc.);
  • recommendation letter (from the representative of the Estonian Society, community, Estonian language teacher, other teachers, supervisor).

Application procedures and deadlines

The application form with all required documents must be filled in, printed out and scanned. Documents must be submitted in one (1) pdf or jpeg file. All documents must be submitted through the application system.

Deadline for post: May 1st.


Programme coordinator: Ms. Annela Oona,

More information:

University scholarships

Please read the scholarship information of Estonian universities from their websites:

Study IT in Estonia specialty scholarship 

Name of the scholarship programme: Study IT in Estonia programme

The aim: Every year the Study IT in Estonia gives away a total of €400 000 as speciality scholarships to Bachelor's students at the Tallinn University of Technology and the University of Tartu. Up to 30 per cent of all the students who has not exceeded the nominal duration of study of the study program can receive the scholarship. The students can apply after enrolment twice in a year – beginning of October and February.

Scholarship amount: Bachelor students studying Informatics (at Tallinn University of Technology) and Computer Science (University of Tartu) can receive a scholarship between 160 and 240 euros in a month (10 months in an academic year).



LHV Bank Scholarship for ICT students 

Name of the scholarship programme: Study IT in Estonia programme

The aim: the LHV Bank scholarship is designed to encourage students graduating from ICT courses in the 2015-16 academic year to use their skills and knowledge outside of the ICT sector.

Scholarship amount: One scholarship will be awarded in the category of Bachelor’s and applied higher education theses, to the value of 1500 euros.