Bachelor degree scholarships

2024 application period will be open August 1st 2024 until September 1st (23:59, Estonian time)

Estonian National Scholarships

The application period is in August

The scholarship supports foreign students in their studies at the Estonian higher education institutions. The scholarship can be applied for by foreign students who wish to study at a higher education institution in Estonia during the 2024/2025 academic year in formal degree studies or as an exchange student.  The scholarship is administered by the Education and Youth Board

For Bachelor's studies, this scholarship can only be applied for in fields that are related to Estonian language and culture!

Applications will be accepted from students from countries whose citizenship is in one of the countries listed in the scholarship guide in Annex 1.


Scholarship amount: 

  • the rate of the scholarship for Bachelor's studies is 350 euros per month;
  • other costs are not covered.

Period and conditions

Exchange students are paid a scholarship during the study period in Estonia according to the dates approved by the host higher education institution. The scholarship can be applied for up to ten months. The scholarship is paid for exchange studies lasting at least 30 days.

Degree students are paid a scholarship for 12 months of the year, except for the last nominal academic year, when the scholarship is paid for 10 months. The scholarship is awarded for a maximum of 12 months at a time. The scholarship is paid to the host higher education institution, which arranges the scholarship to be repaid to the scholarship holder.


Application procedure and deadlines

Application procedures and deadlines will be published on the website

Applications will be evaluated, and decisions on the award of scholarships will be made in accordance with the provisions of the Scholarship Guidelines and the rules of procedure.

Applications which are not fully completed, drawn up as required or include false information or are submitted with a delay are not assessed.

Applications that have not been accompanied by a confirmation of admission to an Estonian higher education institution by the application deadline will not be processed. 


Please send your application form and required documents to



Education and Youth Board, scholarship coordinator:  Kadri Kaldre,

Scholarship guideline for foreign students 

Compatriots scholarships

The scholarship is administered by the Education and Youth Board of Estonia.

The aim is to support degree studies of young expatriate Estonians in Estonia’s public universities, national institutions of applied higher education and vocational education centers. 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 enroll 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 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

Application procedures and deadlines will be published on the website



Programme coordinator: Krista Arro,