Dora Plus Scholarships

The purpose of supporting the learning mobility of international masters and PhD students is to increase the proportion of international master and PhD students in the Estonian higher education institutions, improve the capability of the Estonian higher education institutions to involve international students and strengthen the compliance of the doctoral studies with the principles of innovative doctoral studies.

The Dora Plus scholarship fund is provided by the European Regional Development Fund and Estonian government.

The higher education institutions taking part in Dora Plus are Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Estonian Business School, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn University, University of Tartu and Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences.

The selection of participants is organised by the participating universities. To apply for a scholarship or for further information, please contact the Dora Plus coordinators at the universities.
 

Within the program we support:


Scholarship for foreign Master`s students

The scholarship supports foreign Master’s students in their studies at the Estonian higher education institutions. The selection of participants and the payment of the scholarship is organised by the participating universities. To apply for a scholarship or for further information, please contact the Dora Plus coordinators at the universities.

Each academic year, the higher education institution has a certain budget within which scholarships can be awarded.

The application round will only be opened for scholarships for 2021/22 academic year. The exact dates of the application round will be decided by each higher education institution. Follow the information on the university website!

Additional info:

Anu Lepik
Senior programme officer
Scholarships and grants office
+372 7300 809
anu.lepik@harno.ee

Applying for a scholarship

The higher education institution may grant the scholarship to the master’s student:

  • who is a full-time master student;
  • who does not have Estonian citizenship;
  • whose country of residence is not Estonia;
  • who does not have a permanent right of residence or a long-term residence permit in Estonia;
  • who has not stayed in Estonia for more than one year in the past three years.

The foreign major scholarship is 350 euros per month. In general, the scholarship could be awarded for one academic year, i.e. 10 calendar months at a time and to those who are studying full-time. The payment of the scholarship is suspended for the time of studying abroad (over 30 days).

The scholarship is paid if the grantee has studied for one whole calendar month. The payment of the grant is terminated as of the month when the student no longer meets the requirements of receiving the grant.

If a student is expelled for reasons other than full completion of the curriculum or falls into part-time studies or goes on academic leave, he/she will not be paid a scholarship for the calendar month in which the decision to expel, part-time studies or admit to academic leave was made.

If a student is deleted from the matriculation register in relation to completing the curriculum, the grant is paid for the whole calendar month.

The student does not have to submit a separate report to us, as the progress of the study is assessed by the higher education institution and the support is paid only to full-time students.
 

Publicity

The EU structural funds are public resources and therefore the public has a right to know, what it has been used for and who are the beneficiaries. The Dora Plus activities are co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Estonia. The information requirements of European Union Structural Funds shall be followed and respected when using the scholarship. The articles, publications, slides and the likes, and oral presentations related to the study visit shall acknowledge the support of European Union, by using the European Regional Development Fund’s double logo or referring to the support verbally (for example: “The research for this article was conducted with the support from the European Regional Development Fund”).

You can download the logos of European Regional Development Fund here.

The lists of grantees are public.

Grant for foreign Doctoral students

With this grant, we support doctoral students in their studies at the Estonian higher education institutions. The selection of participants and the payment of the scholarship is organised by the participating universities. To date, all scholarship holders have been selected and no new application rounds will be opened.

The grant has been awarded to doctoral students of the Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonian Academy of Music and Theater, Estonian Business School, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn University and the University of Tartu.

Additional info:

Anu Lepik
Senior programme officer
Scholarships and grants office
+372 7300 809
anu.lepik@harno.ee

Applying for a grant

The grant for doctoral students consists of a doctoral allowance and scholarship, which totals 1,100 euros per month, and an annual travel allowance (the amount of which depends on the distance from the student’s country of residence to Estonia).

Doctoral allowance and scholarship

The amount of the doctoral allowance is 660 EUR per month and scholarship is 440 EUR per month.

The doctoral allowance is paid on the basis of the Study Allowances and Study Loans and doctoral scholarship on the basis of the Minister of Education and Research "Types and Amounts of State Student Scholarships and General Conditions and Procedure for Granting Them".

The doctoral allowance and scholarship will be paid for up to 48 months and can be paid under the program until the end of 2022. If the nominal period of the doctoral student's studies continues after 31.12.2022, he / she can no longer be supported by the Dora Plus program.

The doctoral scholarship shall not be paid during the study period spent abroad which lasts more than 30 days (including the scholarship of Dora Plus sub-activity 1.2), but the doctoral allowance will continue to be paid while studying abroad.

If the grantee is exmatriculated for any other reason than the full completion of the curriculum or in case they fall into part-time studies or go to an academic leave, the grant is not paid for the calendar month, in which the decision about the exmatriculation, fall into part-time studies or the academic leave was made. In case of the grantee who has started an academic leave, the grant can be paid for the incomplete month after returning to the studies.

If the grantee is exmatriculated in the middle of the month in relation to the full completion of the curriculum, the grant is paid for a full calendar month.

Travel allowance

Travel allowance (fixed amount per round trip) is paid for travelling between the country of residence of the doctoral student and the country of higher education institution.

The amount of the travel allowance depends on the distance between the point of departure and destination. The distance is calculated with the European Commission's web-based calculator.

If the distance between the point of departure and the destination is up to 99,99 km (inclusive), the travel expenses are reimbursed in the amount of up to 180 euros based on expense receipts.

Distance between cities (one-way)

Travel allowance for a
round trip

100-499 km

180 EUR

500-1999 km

275 EUR

2000-2999 km

360 EUR

3000-3999 km

530 EUR

4000-7999 km

820 EUR

8000 and more km

1100 EUR

Unused travel allowance cannot be used in the following academic years, nor can the travel allowance of the following academic years be used in advance. One person may receive the travel allowance for a maximum of four times.

The doctoral student does not have to submit a separate report to us, as the progress of the study is assessed by the higher education institution and the support is paid only to full-time students.

Publicity

The EU structural funds are public resources and therefore the public has a right to know, what it has been used for and who are the beneficiaries. The Dora Plus activities are co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Estonia. The information requirements of European Union Structural Funds shall be followed and respected when using the scholarship. The articles, publications, slides and the likes, and oral presentations related to the study visit shall acknowledge the support of European Union, by using the European Regional Development Fund’s double logo or referring to the support verbally (for example: “The research for this article was conducted with the support from the European Regional Development Fund”).

You can download the logos of European Regional Development Fund here.

The lists of grantees are public.

Grant for visiting doctoral students

We are waiting for visiting doctoral students to Estonia for the purpose of study and research for 1 to 10 months.

Visiting doctoral students are accepted by the Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonian Academy of Music and Theater, Estonian Business School, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn University and University of Tartu.

The selection of participants and the payment of the grant is organised by the participating universities. To apply for a grant or for further information, please contact the Dora Plus coordinators at the universities.

Each academic year, the higher education institution has a certain budget within which grants can be awarded. Study and research visits to Estonia must take place no later than 31.12.2022.

Additional info:

Anu Lepik
Senior programme officer
Scholarships and grants office
+372 7300 809
anu.lepik@harno.ee

Applying for a grant

The application is open for doctoral student:

  • who is a studying at a recognized university abroad at the time of granting the scholarship;
  • whose country of residence is not in Estonia;
  • who has not stayed in Estonia for more than one year in the past three years, except for the PhD students, who have studied and completed master's studies at the Estonian higher education institution at that time.

A visiting doctoral student must study at an Estonian university for at least 30 days. One person can receive the scholarship more than one time. For all the time staying here it can be allocated for maximum of 10 months.

The supervisor of the visiting doctoral student here must be a lecturer, researcher or an internationally recognized creative person (in the field of arts) who has an experience in supervising a doctoral student.

Universities select the grantees based on the terms and conditions set out by the given guidelines, priorities and additional conditions of the higher education institutions, and the set quota.

  • Monthly living allowance 660 euros per month;
  • Travel allowance  (amount of the grant depends on distance between Estonia and the country of residence).

Living allowance

The living allowance is paid only during the stay in Estonia and a visiting PhD student must study at an Estonian university for at least 30 days.

Travel allowance

The amount of the travel allowance depends on the distance between the point of departure (city where the students home university is located) and destination (city of the host university in Estonia). The distance is calculated with the European Commission's web-based calculator.

If the distance between the point of departure and the destination is up to 99,99 km (inclusive), the travel expenses are reimbursed in the amount of up to 180 euros based on expense receipts.

Distance between cities (one-way)

Travel allowance for a
round trip

100-499 km

180 EUR

500-1999 km

275 EUR

2000-2999 km

360 EUR

3000-3999 km

530 EUR

4000-7999 km

820 EUR

8000 and more km

1100 EUR

At the end of the grant period, please submit a report describing the doctoral student's study and research work during the stay in Estonia and the results obtained. The report is signed by both the supervisor and the doctoral student. The report must be submitted to the host institution.

Report form
 

Publicity

The EU structural funds are public resources and therefore the public has a right to know, what it has been used for and who are the beneficiaries. The Dora Plus activities are co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Estonia. The information requirements of European Union Structural Funds shall be followed and respected when using the scholarship. The articles, publications, slides and the likes, and oral presentations related to the study visit shall acknowledge the support of European Union, by using the European Regional Development Fund’s double logo or referring to the support verbally (for example: “The research for this article was conducted with the support from the European Regional Development Fund”).

You can download the logos of European Regional Development Fund here.

The lists of grantees are public.

Last updated: 26.10.2021