Estophilus scholarship

The purpose of Estophilus scholarship is to support the studies and research of the students enrolled in universities abroad and of international researchers interested in the Estonian language and culture (in Estonia), by thus contributing to the exchange of knowledge and making Estonia more visible. The activity results in increased number of studies related to Estonia and of the students interested in the Estonian language and culture.

Who can apply?

The Estophilus 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 for 1-5 months. The Estonian language proficiency is an advantage but not a requirement. The research plan has to focus on topics related to Estonia in specific.  

  • Application deadline in autumn: October 15, 2021. The application period is ongoing from September 16 until October 15 (Estonian time). The budget for this application round is up to 13 098 euros.
  • Application deadline in spring: May 2, 2021.


Applying for the scholarship

The scholarship consists of the scholarship for 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 a city to a 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

  • The scholarship application along with all the required annexes are submitted electronically in Estonian or in English:
  • Application deadline in spring: May 2, 2021. The application round is open from April 1 until May 2, 2021. The total budget for the spring application round 2021 Estophilus scholarships is up to 6860 euros;
  • The deadline for autumn application round will be announced in September 2021.

Required application documents:

  • formal application (to be filled in in the application system);
  • research plan;
  • 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 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).

During evaluation of the applications, the following criteria is taken into account:

  • quality of the application (clear objectives, work plan, expected results, etc.) and focus on Estonia-related topics;
  • expertise of the applicant related to the proposed research plan;
  •  connection and importance of the learning mobility in regard to the applicant's scientific work;
  • soundness for the chosen higher education institution or research institution in Estonia as well as arguments in the confirmation letter.

Last updated: 16.09.2021