Master degree scholarships

Scholarship deadlines for 2021  international students will be published in April.

Estonian National Scholarships

The application period for 2021 is August 01 - September 01.  Electronic submission window closes automatically at 23:59 EET on September 01.

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 2021/2022 academic year in formal degree studies or as an exchange student. The scholarship is administered by the Education and Youth Board of Estonia. 

The scholarship supports Master's studies in all fields.

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 Master'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

The application period for 2021 is August 01 - September 01.  Electronic submission window closes automatically at 23:59 EET on September 01.

Please submit the following documents:

  • application form and motivation letter through the online application system (please register to start the application);
  • copy of passport or ID-card
  • a copy of the confirmation letter of the higher education institution regarding admission

Applications will be evaluated, and decisions on the award of scholarships will be made by the Commission in accordance with the provisions of the Scholarship Guidelines and the Commission's 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. 



Education and Youth Board, scholarship coordinator:  Liis Uulman,

Scholarship guideline for foreign students

Compatriots scholarships

This 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. Eligible to apply for the scholarship are young expatriate Estonians who have not lived in Estonia permanently for the last 5 years.

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 is available for expat Estonians with secondary or higher education or its equivalent, who have not lived in Estonia permanently for at least five years, or are listed as a pupil/student of an Estonian educational institution during the calendar year preceding the application.

The study scholarship shall support expat Estonians who are pupils/students enrolled full-time to the study programme taught in Estonian language. Studying in other languages cannot be supported from the Compatriots’ Programme.

Application procedures and deadlines

Deadlines for 2021 have not yet been confirmed.

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).

The documents must be uploaded to the online application system in scanned form. The Board has the right to check the correspondence of the submitted documents to the originals.


Programme coordinator: Marilyn Fridolin,

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