Composition of scholarship

IMPORTANT: from 1 August 2020, the Kristjan Jaak scholarships are managed by the Education and Youth Board of Estonia. Please visit the webpage of the Board to find out more about these scholarships. The information on the current page is not being updated.


The Kristjan Jaak scholarships are calculated based on unit prices, which are confirmed by the regulation of the Minister for Education and Research.

The scholarship consists of a monthly subsistence (a fixed amount for every month), and a travel allowance (a fixed amount per round trip). The travel allowance can generally only be used for trips between the place of study and Estonia.

A student is obligated to use the support only to cover the living costs, transportation costs and study related expenses connected to studies abroad. Different methodologies are used for calculating the amount of the aid for full-time and part-time doctoral students.

Scholarship recipients are at the same time entitled to receive other scholarships if their use does not conflict with the requirements of these guidelines and the support does not come from the resources of the Estonian state budget (including resources of the European Regional Development Fund). In exceptional cases, students are allowed to use the Kristjan Jaak scholarship for foreign travel simultaneously with the support. In cases where the additional scholarship is more than 50% of the amount of the scholarship paid on the basis of these guidelines, the subsistence allowance paid in the framework of Kristjan Jaak scholarships shall be reduced by 300 euros per month, leaving other conditions and requirements unchanged.

Calculation of the scholarship of a full-time student

The scholarship is paid until the end of the standard period of study, but not more than for 48 months for doctoral student and 24 months for master’s students. If by the moment of allocation of scholarship, the grantee has already begun her/his studies at the university abroad, only the period remaining until the end of the standard period of studies can be financed.

Subsistence allowance is paid during the stay abroad only. The periods of stay in Estonia or in another foreign country must be approved in advance by Archimedes (except for holidays and breaks).
If the student is staying long-term in Estonia during active period of study, the support is paid to them for this period at the same rate as to the students studying in Estonian universities.

The scholarship is not reduced if the student is staying in Estonia or in another foreign country during an extracurricular period (e.g., holidays and breaks).

If due to the specific nature of the  studies, the student needs to carry out part of the studies or research work (including field work) in another country, a relevant work schedule with the confirmation of supervisor must be submitted, together with an explanation that the scheduled study or research (including field work) is part of studies. The work schedule must be submitted to Archimedes together with the final report of the academic year before the conclusion of the scholarship agreement of the new academic year. In the period of study or research (including field work), the scholarship is paid to the student according to the rate of support designated for the country of destination.

A student is entitled to a maximum of two travel grants per academic year. In the case of travel beginning in Estonia, the travel expenses are reimbursed according to the rate of support of the country of destination.

After successful completion of the second academic year covered with Kristjan Jaak scholarship, full-time students can apply for an increase of 20% in their subsistence allowance

Calculation of the scholarship of a part-time student

A student is paid the scholarship until the end of the standard period of study established for the part-time students at a foreign university, for doctoral studies 72 months and for master’s studies 36 months. If the student has begun their studies at the moment of receipt of the scholarship, only the period remaining until the end of the standard period of study will be financed.

During the period of residence in Estonia, the scholarship of a part-time doctoral student is less than that of the full-time doctoral student studying at an Estonian university. Once the amount of the scholarship established for doctoral students studying in Estonian universities changes, the amount of the scholarship shall be adjusted accordingly.

A part-time student is entitled to a maximum of four (4) travel allowances per academic year. The application must show how many travel allowances per year are needed, and what the basis of the estimation thereof is. A student can receive a child allowance only during the period of study abroad. 

Tuition costs

Covering of the tuition costs (tuition fees, costs of the laboratory used by the student or other costs related to the study, which shall be paid separately from the established tuition fee) can be applied for only when it is not possible to study for free at the selected foreign university.

The amount of the tuition cost applied for shall be indicated on the application form. The reimbursement, including partial reimbursement or non-reimbursement of the cost, as well as  the amount of the reimbursed cost is determined by the board. In the case of equal applications, the evaluation committee may give preference to candidates who have no tuition costs or whose tuition costs are lower.

Tuition fee is covered in maximum EUR 10 000 per year in most cases. 

Tuition costs are covered based on an invoice issued by the host institution on behalf of the foundation, which contains the student's data and the academic year for which the invoice is issued. The tuition fee is usually paid directly by the foundation to the higher education institution.

Health insurance costs

Health insurance costs are reimbursed, if necessary. A student who is studying full-time or part-time in a country where the study does not provide an automatic guarantee for  health insurance during the study time and if the insurance of the Health Insurance Fund does not apply to this particular foreign country the student may apply for reimbursement of health insurance costs. The student can apply for the reimbursement of  the health insurance costs which are similar to the costs the Health Insurance Fund covers for the students studying in Estonia.

Other insurance costs that may be added to the health insurance (including travel insurance, dental care insurance, etc.), will not be reimbursed.

Health insurance is not reimbursed if the recipient of the scholarship is studying at an educational institution of a European Union Member State, as they can have access to medical care on the basis of the European Health Insurance Card. They should duly register themselves at the Health Insurance Fund as a student studying in a foreign country. The European Union internal health insurance is not automatically guaranteed; the scholarship recipient must apply for it individually from the Health Insurance Fund.

The students also have the possibility to apply for reimbursement of the health insurance costs of their minor child, if the child lives with a parent abroad and the foreign country does not cover the health insurance of the child. The reimbursement may be applied for covering the same health insurance costs as for students.

The health insurance costs of the student and his or her minor child are reimbursed on the basis of expense receipts. For applying for reimbursement, the student must submit a document certifying the absence of health insurance during the studies in the foreign. The costs are reimbursed on the basis of the invoice, the insurance policy and the document certifying payment of the invoice.


Child allowance

During the standard period of study, a student raising minor children is to be paid a child allowance in the amount of EUR 200 per child per month.

For applying for the allowance, the student must submit a copy of the child’s birth certificate before the conclusion of the scholarship agreement; the birth certificate of a child who was born during the time of studies must be sent to the Foundation together with the final report that the student has to submit at the end of the academic year.
The child allowance is paid for full-time students for 12 months of the year, regardless of whether the child stays in Estonia or abroad. The child allowance is paid to part-time doctoral students only for the period of the stay abroad.


Reimbursement of travel expenses of the child

The students can also apply for the travel grant of the children accompanying the student, but not for more than two return trips. For one round-trip journey, the child’s travel allowance is reimbursed the extent of the rate paid for grantee. The child’s travels must be approved by travel tickets.


Support for conference visit

Once during the standard period of their studies, students can apply for one conference allowance in order to participate in a conference or other activity related to their specialty. The allowance covers:

1. The travel expenses  according to the rates of Kristjan Jaak short study visits;
2. Accommodation costs according to the rates of Kristjan Jaak short study visits;
3. Daily allowance according to the rates of Kristjan Jaak short study visits;
4. The participation fee in the amount of the early registration fee.

Accommodation expenses and daily allowance will be covered up to 1 day before and 1  day after the event. Maximum amount of the scholarship is 2000 euros. The foundation must be informed in advance of the wish to use the scholarship and the contract reflecting the conditions and amount of the scholarship will be concluded before the study visit takes place.

When applying  for the scholarship, the student must submit:

  1. An application for reimbursement of the costs;
  2. The supervisor’s confirmation letter regarding the necessity for participation in the conference;
  3. The agenda or any other document as evidence of the taking place of the conference (printout of the conference web page, etc.);
  4. The invoice for the participation fee and a document certifying payment;
  5. Official confirmation letter by the host institution or the organizer of the event (certificate, etc.) which contains the date of the event (in scanned form).
Last updated: 23.11.2021