PhD funding

The nominal length of doctoral studies in Estonia is 3-4 years, after which a postgraduate research degree may be conferred. A Master’s qualification is required for entry to doctoral studies.

Estonian Government offers a number of scholarships intended for university students, researchers or lecturers for study and research at Estonian public universities and institutions. Doctoral studies in Estonia are for free. PhD students studying full time have the right to receive a monthly stipend of 422€. Ask more specifically about the scholarship opportunities from the university coordinators. There are several grant programmes available for PhD studies in Estonia. You can find an overview about available scholarschips from Study in Estonia homepage.

Visiting PhD students of 1-10 months can apply for DoRa Scholarships. The grant for a six-month stay is worth an estimated 4000 € (excluding travel grant). For detailed information on eligibility requirements, deadlines and application, consult your university in Estonia. Moreover, The DoRa Programme supports short-time employment of international teaching staff in Estonian institutions of higher education. The support scheme is financed by the European Social Fund and run by the Centre of Higher Education Development, Archimedes Foundation. The eligibility period for the grants of the programme extends from 1 January 2008 to 31 May 2015.

There are 13 doctoral schools (DS) in Estonia. The general goal of is to increase the efficiency of doctoral studies through interdisciplinary, international and national cooperation and to improve the quality of tutoring doctoral candidates. In addition of mobility opportunities, winter and summer schools and development of study programme, DS propose transferable and social skills to emphasis interdisciplinary research and enhance cooperation between universities and the private sector. There are special activities for training supervisors, professors and lecturers of doctoral studies.