Grants for researchers

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

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

The mobility grants are intended to support visits of researchers and academic staff of foreign institutions of higher education to the Estonian institutions of higher education (HEI) . The mobility grant can be applied for research, scientific work, teaching, cooperation with colleagues etc. The grant is administered by the Education and Youth Board.

 

Who are eligible to apply: The academic staff means the persons working in the position of the professor, associate professor, lecturer or assistant of the university according to the equivalent qualification of the foreign countries. The researcher means the persons working in the positions of junior researcher, researcher, senior researcher or leading researcher according to the equivalent qualification of the foreign countries.

Please also read the guideline for supporting the activity of foreign researchers in Estonia.

Rates, periods and conditions

Period and conditions

The period of the scholarship holder's stay in Estonia must begin and end during the academic year following the application round. The grant shall be paid to the hosting institution which organizes the coverage or payment of expenses for the foreign researcher.

Grants for foreign researchers can be either short-term or long-term:

  • short-term grant shall be paid out for a period of 1 to 9 days in duration
  • long-term grant shall be paid out for a period of 10 days to 10 months in duration

Grant amount

  • the rate of the short-term grant is 45 euros per day
  • the rate of the long-term grant is 660 euros per month

The month is considered to be the 30-day period. The grant period is the period from the first day of work up to the last day of work according to the dates mentioned in the letter of confirmation of the recipient institution. During the period of payment of grant the scholarship recipient should stay in Estonia.

The grant rate for Doctoral studies is equal to the doctoral allowance granted in Estonia and is paid in accordance with the Study Allowances and Study Loans Act. A student who has been awarded a grant for Doctoral studies under this Programme is not eligible for also receiving a doctoral allowance under the Study Allowances and Study Loans Act.

Application procedure and deadlines

Application procedure and deadlines

The application period is April 1st - May 1st (electronic submission window closes automatically at 23:59 on May 1st). 

Please submit the following documents:

  • application form and a cover letter through the online application system (please register to start the application)
  • academic CV
  • letter of confirmation from hosting institution regarding hosting and the period of employment in Estonia.

All documents should be in English or Estonian. Documents must be translated to any of these languages if the language of issuance is different. The Education and Youth Board has the right to require additional documents. Submitted documents will be not returned to the applicant. The applications which are not fully completed, include false information or are submitted with a delay are not assessed.

Admission

Admission to the chosen university is separate from the application for the scholarship. The decision to award a scholarship to the applicant does not guarantee his/her admittance to the university. The applicant should submit the required documents to the university according to their entrance requirements. Applicant should have a positive admittance letter from the university before applying for the scholarship.

Contacts:

Education and Youth Board, grant coordinator: Liis Uulman, liis.uulman@harno.ee

Estonian Business School: Triin Sillaots, triin.sillaots@ebs.ee

Estonian University of Life Sciences: Anastassia Safonova, anastassia.safonova@emu.ee

Tallinn University of Technology: Ann Neudorf, ann.neudorf@taltech.ee

Tallinn University: tao@tlu.ee

University of Tartu: Karoliina Vilimaa-Pennarun, karoliina.pennarun@ut.ee