Bachelor degree scholarships

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. Anne-Ly Võlli,

More information:

University scholarships

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