Scholarships for short courses

For incoming short-time mobility:

Estonian governmental scholarships

Scholarship programme: Estonian national scholarship programme for international students, researchers and academic staff - Scholarships for summer and winter schools

The scholarships are intended to support participation in summer courses of Estonian language and culture as well as in courses of summer and winter schools related to the English-language curricula of degree study in Estonia.

Scholarship amount: The scholarship is used to reimburse up to 500 EUR of the course fee and accommodation costs of 25 EUR per day for a maximum of 28 days per secondment in a calendar year.

Courses eligible for scholarship application

1. Estonian language and culture courses

2. Courses related to the English-language curricula of degree study in Estonia

Courses in Tallinn University:

  • Basics of Game Development
  • Design of Serious Games;
  • Educational Innovation - Getting Ready for the Future;
  • Experimental Interaction Design;
  • Information and Knowledge Management  
  • Shortfilm
  • Storytelling, Comics and Illustrations
  • Social Enterprises: Using Your Creativity and Sensitivity
  • The Formation of Global Norms in a Changing World Order;
  • Gamification Workshop

Courses in Tallinn University of Technology:

  • Cyber security
  • English language and Nordic culture
  • Practical Robotics with 3D printing

Courses in University of Tartu:

  • Juri Lotman and the Semiotics of Culture: Contemporary Applications
  • Educational Change in Times of Rapid Technological Innovation
  • Estonian Language Summer Courses for Finnish speakers
  • Craft Camp
  • Estonian Language Summer Courses with instruction in English
  • Viron kielen kurssit suomalaisille / Estonian Language with Instruction in Finnish
  • 9th Martens Summer School on International Law
  • European Encounters: Estonia’s Economic Innovation and Baltic Regional Security
  • Open and Closed Societies: The Example of Japan

Courses in Estonian Academy of Arts:

  • Interaction Design
  • Fashion on Borders in Narva Art Residency
  • Iron Smelting Workshop
  • Graphic Design
  • Performance Workshop
  • Architecture and Construction in the Urban Environment
  • Critical Perspectives to Clothing Practices: Radical Ironing
  • Egg Tempera Painting Workshop in Narva Art Residency
  • Wood and Sea: production and interior desig

Period and conditions

The stipend is available for students of Bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral studies in foreign universities who are actively involved in the studies at the time of application and have been studying at university for at least one year.

During the period of payment of grant the scholarship recipient should stay in Estonia.

The candidate should pre-register to the course for applying for the scholarship.

Application procedure and deadlines

In case of short courses the following documents shall be submitted (Application period is from 19.02.2020 to 19.03.2020):

  • application form and motivation letter through online application system (please register to start the application);
  • confirmation of admission from the organising higher education institution in Estonia (can be sent by e-mail) or confirmation of submission of required admission documents;
  • confirmation of registration from home university containing information on the applicant's level of study, normal period of studies and progress towards the degree;
  • 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. Applications which are not fully completed, drawn up as required or include false information or are submitted with a delay are not assessed.

The candidate should pre-register to the course for applying for the scholarship.


Scholarship coordinator:  Ms Liis Uulman (

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

Summer schools contacts

Tallinn University:

Tallinn University of

University of Tartu:

Estonian Academy of Arts:


The academic studies of Estonian language and culture abroad scholarship for Estonian language and culture summer/winter courses

The scholarship can be applied for by all the international university students interested in the Estonian language and culture who are studying or have previously studied Estonian at the university abroad. 

Courses and number of scholarships

There will be 18 free places for intermediate or advanced students available at summer courses organised by Tallinn University ((July – August , 2020)) and 18 free places  for students available at summer courses organised by University of Tartu (July – August, 2020).

The deadline for the applications for summer courses is 1 March 2020

The scholarship amount: the scholarship approved by the programme board covers the accommodation expenses, tuition fees of the courses and the expenses of the cultural programme of the courses. 

Who are eligible to apply: free places are offered only to students, who are studying or have previously studied Estonian at the university abroad. We do not offer the free places for beginners. All applicants must send a letter of recommendation from their Estonian lecturer or teacher.


In order to apply for a free place you must complete in our application system:

  • online application form
  • letter of motivation. In addition to reasons for attending the summer course, the applicants should describe in their letter of motivation their academic interest in and connections with Estonia (attended courses, delivered or planned research papers etc);
  • applicants must provide a letter of recommendation by their Estonian language and culture lecturer, which can be sent directly to the EKKAV coordinator e-mail:

IMPORTANT: In case the applicant has no preference for either Tallinn or Tartu university courses, and can participate in one or the other, he or she should fill a separate application for both universities. A free post will be granted for one course only.


In case the applicant wishes some other form of accommodation than the bed in a double room provided by the EKKAV summer/winter courses scholarship, he or she has to pay the difference. If the applicant does not need accommodation, he or she is asked to state this in the application.

Submission of applications and results

For further information and applying, please visit the Summer and Winter Language Courses website. The results will be annonced on above-mentioned website at the beginning of April. 


For additionial information, please contact Ms Tiiu Tuisk

Phone: +372 7300 604




Estophilus scholarship

The aim of the scholarship: The scholarship may be applied for by the foreign nationals final year BA students, Master’s students, PhD students and post-doctorate researchers from universities abroad while staying in Estonia for conducting research or collecting material about Estonia. Knowledge of Estonian is an advantage but not a requirement.

The deadlines are 1 March 2020 and 1 October 2020.

The amount of the scholarship: the scholarship is designated to cover subsistence expenses, tuition fees and costs directly connected with the research; it may be granted for a period ranging from one to five months. The scholarship for one month is 500 euros. Travel grant is also provided. Terms of travel grant are specified in the scholarship guidelines.

The scholarship is granted by the Council of Academic Studies of Estonian Language and Culture Abroad, involving experts when necessary. The scholarship is financed by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research and administered by the Archimedes Foundation.


Description of all needed documents can also be found in guidelines


Further information can be obtained via e-mail or phone + 372 7300 604.