The aim of the scholarships offered by the Compatriots’ Programme is to support the studies of young expatriate Estonians in Estonia’s public universities, national institutions of applied higher education and vocational education centres. Applications for scholarships are invited from young expatriate Estonians who have not resided in Estonia on a permanent basis during the last 10 years and who possess secondary or higher education. Those students, who have studied in Estonia for less than 1 year and meet other requirements, can apply for the scholarship in exclusive cases.
The programme will support successful applicants who wish to enrol for curricula taught in the Estonian language. If your command of Estonian is insufficient to successfully cope with learning in Estonian, you can request a grant to support your 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.
The Scholarship Statute of the Compatriots’ Programme has been adopted by the Council of the Compatriots’ Programme which has been appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Estonia. The Council is entitled to amend the Statute as and when necessary. The Archimedes Foundation has been selected as the administrative and advisory body to implement the programme. Funds for scholarships to successful applicants will be allocated from the budget of the Ministry of Education and Research. The Ministry of Education and Research has the right to make decisions in current questions (for example, to take academic leave, to prolong the nominal term of study, etc.) in case the financial obligations caused by the decisions do not exceed 3196 euros.