Contractual conditions

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 grantee is obliged to start or resume her/his doctoral or master’s studies at the university indicated in the application and to defend her/his thesis there, if not impeded by health, family or other circumstances independent of her/him. The deadline for completion of studies depends on the standard period of studies at the selected university and on the intended study load.

Within 90 days after the graduation from the university, the grantee shall provide the Foundation the documents verifying the graduation (e.g., a copy of the diploma or a letter of confirmation of the award of the degree) and summary of thesis in Estonian.

The grantee is obliged to return the received scholarships in full amount, including the tuition fees paid for her/him, if s/he fails to fulfill the obligations undertaken with the acceptance of the scholarship.

The grantees have a right to apply for academic leave and for the extension of the term for defending their doctoral thesis. 

The deadline for defending the doctoral  thesis can be extended by a maximum of two years, in master’s one year, without the extension of awarded scholarship. In such case, the grantees shall submit a relevant application indicating the reasons and including renewed schedule of completion of studies.

The grantee will be obliged to apply for a post corresponding to their specialty and qualification in Estonia within three years from graduation, and if selected for the post, to work for one election period or in case of an employment contract concluded for an indefinite period, for a total of at least 3 years.

If the grantee is not selected, the she/he shall, each year by February 1, submit evidence showing that they have applied for vacant posts in Estonia corresponding to her/his specialty and qualification, or that no suitable calls have been published (certificates from the corresponding institutions). The number of certificates will be agreed upon with the Foundation individually for each student.

A grantee is obligated to work on the relevant post after graduation for at least three years, even if they already had a valid employment contract with the institution during the time of graduation.

The deadline for taking up the employment in Estonia can be extended if the doctoral student wishes to pursue doctoral or post-doctoral studies abroad.

In the event of failure to comply with the requirement of the time limit for working in Estonia, the Foundation will require a refund of the scholarship for the time not worked in proportion to the time worked.


The Foundation has the right to review allocation of scholarship and demand full or partial refund of the paid scholarship if:

  1. reports are not submitted in a timely manner;
  2. the study and research results do not meet the requirements of the study load established in the contract;
  3. it appears that the doctoral student has stayed in Estonia without approval from Archimedes during academic year;
  4. it appears that the scholarship has been misused.


Additional terms for doctoral students studying full time

During their studies, a student must be attending the university abroad at all times. If due to the specific nature of the studies, it is necessary to perform a limited extent of work in Estonia or any other country, it has to be coordinated in advance with the Foundation and an application explaining the nature of the work has to be submitted.


Additional terms for doctoral students studying part-time

If a student wishes to study part-time, they must inform the Foundation at the time of application for the scholarship. The estimated period of stay abroad must be clearly (in months) indicated in the application. On designation of scholarships, preference is given to the studies in those curricula, where the foreign university has created special conditions allowing part-time studies.

Carrying out simultaneous studies at a programme at an Estonian university during the studies abroad is not allowed.


Last updated: 23.11.2021