Kristjan Jaak Degree Studies Abroad

Deadline: As soon as possible


Master PHD


  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Worldwide


Estonian government supports the doctoral studies at foreign universities with the aim to increase the number of professionals with doctoral degree in the Estonian public and private sector. Therefore our call for application is open to individuals beginning or continuing their studies at the PhD and Master’s level at a recognized university abroad and willing to work in Estonia after graduation. Both full and part-time doctoral and masters studies can be supported. In the framework of the same scheme, we also support the doctoral studies at the European University Institute. The scholarships are open to the applicants from all subject areas.


The scholarship for degree studies abroad cannot be applied to study in Estonian universities. 

The grantee will be required to defend the MA or PhD thesis at the selected university and to work 3 years after graduates in a professional capacity where a PhD or MA degree in the relevant field is required. The work period in Estonia may be replaced by an assignment abroad that benefits Estonia directly. In case the requirement is not fulfilled, the half of the paid scholarship shall be returned. 

Selection process

The submitted applications are evaluated by academic experts in the field. Each application shall be examined by three experts.

The aspects to be evaluated in the applications are:

  • the level of the previous defended  thesis (as described in the attached overview);
  • the relevance of the topic of the thesis;
  • the achievability of the objectives set;
  • the level of teaching at the selected university;
  • the scientific potential of the field;
  • reasonability of the costs;
  • the forethought of the motivational and recommendation letters.

Before making a decision, the candidates receiving a highest grades from the experts will be interviewed. The Interviewing Committee determines among other things whether carrying out part-time studies is justified. Allocation of grants is decided with the Decree of the Minister of Education and Research.

The duration of the evaluation  procedure is about two months as of the date announced as the deadline for applications. All the applicants will be informed of the result as soon as possible, the results will also be published on the website.

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Eligibility of applicants

The scholarship can be applied for by the Estonian citizens and the persons who live here with permanent residence permit, who as of the time of submitting the application have been admitted to the doctoral or master’s programme of a university abroad or have a confirmation from the respective university that they have submitted the documents required for admission. The applicant must be able to speak Estonian on a communication level.

We can support both full-time and part-time doctoral and master’s studies at the university abroad.


Deadline: As soon as possible

Cost/funding for participants

The scholarship includes living and travel allowances based on fixed unit prices. The exact amount of living allowance depends on the cost of living in the destination country. Living allowance is paid 12 months per year. The amount of travel allowance depends on the distance to the destination city. The travel allowance is paid once in every six months. The tuition fee can be reimbursed in well-founded cases and reasonable amounts. The justifiability of the tuition fees is evaluated together with the overall scholarship application and this decision cannot be changed at the later stage. Additionally and on the basis of individual need, the scholarship may include the cost of health insurance, monthly allowance for dependent childen, travel allowance for dependent children and one-time participation in a conference.

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