Kristjan Jaak degree studies abroad

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.


Estonian government supports the masters and doctoral studies at foreign universities with the aim to increase the number of professionals with masters and doctoral degree in the Estonian public and private sector. Therefore our call for application is open to individuals beginning or continuing their studies at the PhD and Master’s level at a recognized university abroad and willing to work in Estonia after graduation. Both full and part-time doctoral and masters studies can be supported.  

The scholarship for degree studies abroad cannot be applied to study in Estonian universities. 

The grantee will be required to defend the MA or PhD thesis at the selected university and to work 3 years after graduation in a professional capacity where a PhD or MA degree in the relevant field is required. The work period in Estonia may be replaced by an assignment abroad that benefits Estonia directly. In case the requirement is not fulfilled, the half of the paid scholarship shall be returned. 

The scholarship includes living and travel allowances based on fixed unit prices. The exact amount of living allowance depends on the cost of living in the destination country. Living allowance is paid 12 months per year. The amount of travel allowance depends on the distance to the destination city. The travel allowance is paid once in every six months. The tuition fee can be reimbursed in well-founded cases and reasonable amounts. The justifiability of the tuition fees is evaluated together with the overall scholarship application and this decision cannot be changed at the later stage. Additionally and on the basis of individual need, the scholarship may include the cost of health insurance, monthly allowance for dependent children, travel allowance for dependent children and one-time participation in a conference.

Scholarship applications are accepted once a year.

The contact person for Kristjan Jaak doctoral studies abroad at the Education and Youth Authority is Ms. Marilyn Fridolin (e-mail:, ph. +372 6 999 397)


Last updated: 23.11.2021