Scholarship for Estonia-specific research (Estophilus)

This scholarship promotes the academic research on Estonia-specific topics of students enrolled in universities abroad and international researchers interested in the Estonian language, culture, history, society etc. 

The Estophilus spring application period for 2022 is February 14 - March 15.  Electronic submission window closes automatically at 23:59 EET on March 15.

The Estophilus scholarship may be applied for by foreign nationals: final year BA students, master’s students, PhD students and post-doctorate researchers from universities abroad for staying in Estonia and conducting research or collecting material about Estonia for  a period of 1-5 months. The Estonian language proficiency is an advantage but not a requirement.  The scholarship is administered by the Education and Youth Board of Estonia and granted by the EKKAV programme council. 


Scholarship amount

The scholarship covers living costs in the amount of 500 euros per month, and travel compensation as a set rate based on European Commission's web-based calculator:

Distance from city to city (one direction)

Grant for a round trip (to the destination and back)

1-499 km

180 euros

500-1999 km

275 euros

2000-2999 km

360 euros

3000-3999 km

530 euros

4000-7999 km

820 euros

8000 km and more

1100 euros


Period and conditions

The scholarship may be granted for up to 5 months, except for BA students who are granted 2 months maximum. The duration of one scholarship period cannot be shorter than 30 days.


Application procedure and deadlines

The application period for spring 2022 is February 14 – March 15. Electronic submission window closes automatically at 23:59 EET on March 15. 

Please submit the following documents (in Estonian or English) through the online application system

  • formal application
  • research plan with a clear focus on topics related to Estonia in specific
  • curriculum vitae
  • proof that the applicant is a final year BA student, MA or PhD student or a document verifying the PhD degree
  • confirmation of the Estonian academic supervisor about the acceptance of the candidate and confirmation of his/her preparedness of supervising the candidate. The Estonian host/supervisor must briefly describe the research topic and justify the importance of the research for Estonia.

The grantees are selected by the EKKAV programme Council within 45 days after the application deadline (more information about evaluation and decision procedure can be found in the scholarship guidelines BELOW).



Education and Youth Board, scholarship coordinator:  Tiiu Tuisk,

Estophilus scholarship guidelines
Estophilus report form