Doctoral degree scholarships


Scholarships of Estonian Government

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

Allowance amount: 660 EUR per month. Additional costs such as tuition fee, health insurance and other costs will not be compensated.

Period and conditions of the allowance

The allowance 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 allowance is paid for ten months.

An allowance is paid on condition that the 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 allowance 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.

Applicants, who has been awarded a doctoral allowance under the Study Allowances and Study Loans Act, are not eligible for concurrent receipt of a scholarship for Doctoral studies under this Programme. Double financing is not allowed. (Doctoral allowance means a monetary allowance granted to persons enrolled in doctoral study, who is staying in Estonia on the basis of a long-term or temporary residence permit or a permanent or temporary right of residence).

Please also read: Guide 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 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

University scholarships

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

ITL’s Ustus Agur Scholarship

Name of the scholarship programme: Study IT in Estonia programme

The aim: Ustus Agur Scholarship aims to support the information and communications technology area doctoral studies of a public university’s doctoral student.

Scholarship amount: In the academic year 2016/2017, the amount of the scholarship is 2000 euros.