Scholarships, grants and allowances
Scholarships, grants, and allowances are a good way to fund study and are open to a wide range of students.
Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences provides a range of different scholarships, grants, and allowances and here you can find scholarship, grant, and allowance info for all levels.
Dora Plus Grants
The overall objective of Dora Plus is to make Estonia more notable and attractive as a place for studying and research, and the education provided by higher education institutions internationally more competitive.
The programme is coordinated by SA Archimedes, partnered by higher education institutions in Estonia. It will run from 1 August 2015 to 31 May 2023 with an operational budget of 22,567,790 euros, of which support from the European Regional Development Fund forms 87.29%.
Dora plus includes four sub-actions:
- Action 1: Participation of young researchers and Master’s degree students in the international exchange of knowledge
- Action 2: Inclusion of foreign Master’s students and doctoral students
- Action 3: Organisation of summer and winter schools
- Action 4: Marketing of study and employment opportunities in Estonia
For more information, visit the SA Archimedes website.
Contact person for Dora Plus sub-action 1 and 2 at Estonian Entrepreneurship University Of Applied Sciences:
Dora Pluss coordinator at EUAS
Dora Plus Action 1
Sub-action 1.1 Study and research-related short-term mobility
Short-term mobility may last for up to 30 calendar days (inclusive). The grant can be used to participate in a professional conference, seminar or course, or carry out other educational and research-related activities, for example, working in libraries, using laboratories, developing study materials, working with a supervisor, participating in field work, consultations or other similar tasks, which are closely related to the priorities of Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences.
The grant may be applied by anyone who is:
- an accredited Master’s student of Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences;
- a lecturer or researcher at Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences, is not older than 35 years of age on the first day of the mobility, or who has defended their Doctoral Thesis less than 5 years ago. Parental leave can be used to prolong these limitations proportionally;
- not on academic leave during the mobility;
- not using this grant together with other mobility grants (the Kristjan Jaak grant, Eramus+, other actions in Dora Plus etc.);
- not using this grant to visit multiple countries at once.
Grant amount: The maximum amount granted is €2,000 per mobility.
The grants are given according to a ranking list and the principle, that every applicant will receive no more than two mobility grant per academic year.
- travel expenses
- allowance: €32 per day, paid no longer than 1 day before the event and 1 day after the event.
- Participation fee (will be covered according to early bird fees and an expense document/bill, or confirmation by the organizer)
NB! Expenses (except for the participation fee) cannot be covered by other sources (except for personal funding by the applicant).
Additional information: http://haridus.archimedes.ee/en/amount-scholarship4
To apply for the grant, the applicant should fill the application form and applications are accepted four times during a calendar year:
- 1 February (visits starting from April, 1)
- 1 May (visits starting from July,1)
- 1 September (visits starting from November, 1)
- 1 November (visits starting from January, 1)
The EUAS Dora Plus council will make a decision and submit the grants for approval to SA Archimedes by the 10th of the month following the deadline.
There must be a 6-week period between the 10th of the month following the deadline to the start of the mobility (SA Archimedes reserves the right to allow exceptions)!
Important! Using the European Regional Development Fund must be proven on paper. If the documents are not submitted on time, the grant must be returned. The grant is also withdrawn, if the applicant does not submit their report on time.
The Dora Plus programme are funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Estonia. Both grantees and universities must cite the European Regional Development Fund’s Dora Plus programme. This is not a complicated task – just add the logos of the EU Regional Development Fund and SA Archimedes, or cite them in text (e.g. “This article was funded by the European Union via the European Regional Development Fund”).
Please also read the procedure for applying for sub-action 1.1
Dora Plus A1.1 and A2 coordinator
Dora Plus Action 2
Sub-action 2.1 Inclusion of foreign Master’s students
The goals of this action are to support foreign Master’s students studying in Estonia, thereby contributing to the exchange of knowledge, to make the local study process more internationalised and to increase the amount of highly educated workers in Estonia in the long run. As a result of the sub-action, the capability of Estonian higher education institutions to accept international students will increase, as will the numbers of Master’s students attending Estonian schools.
Support is offered to talented foreign Master’s students in Estonian universities. Support is also offered to foreign Master’s students and they can only obtain a grant when studying in Estonia full-time and for one academic year at a time.
The grant can be awarded to a Master’s student of Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences:
- who is a full time international master’s student at EUAS, i.e. has received 54EAP during their first year of studies;
- who is not a resident of the Republic of Estonia;
- who is not a citizen of Estonia;
- whose country of residence is not Estonia;
- who does not have a permanent residence permit/long-term residence permit;
- who studies on a nationally certified programme, which is 100% non-Estonian;
- who has not been in Estonia for more than one year during the past three years, except when they have studied and graduated from a Master’s programme at an Estonian university, and will continue their studies at EUAS on 1 September;
- who does not receive additional support from other sources. The student will have to confirm the fact. There are exceptions according to the Archimedes statute: studies can be covered from the resources allocated to the university by the Ministry of Education and Research, the Dora Pluss short-term study mobility grants offered to Master’s students, or the smart specialisation grants.
The scholarship for foreign Master’s students is 350 euros per month. The scholarship could be awarded for one academic year for Master´s students, i.e. 10 calendar months at a time.
Conditions for applying for the scholarship:
A free format signed application to stand as a candidate is submitted to EUAS Dora Plus Coordinator by October 10. The application includes the year of admission, title of the study programme, a confirmation that the student does not receive financial support under other measures and a motivational letter.
Please read before submitting your application: EUAS procedure for applying for sub-action 2.1
Dora Plus A2.1 coordinator at EUAS
Needs-based study allowance
Full time students have the right to apply for a needs-based study allowance which is designed to support students from less privileged families are supported by the state upon covering the additional costs incurred in acquiring higher education. Needs-based study allowance can be applied for from the first semester.
Need-based special allowance
Students can apply for a need-based special allowance if their application for a needs-based study allowance was rejected in the state portal for the reason that their earlier income exceeded the limit established for the granting of the allowance, but the income of the applicant has recently decreased. To receive a special need-based allowance, a student should submit an application in ÕIS (intranet).
Read more: Conditions and procedure for applying for and grant and payment of need-based special allowance
Needs-based study allowance
The students from less privileged families are supported by the state upon covering the additional costs incurred in acquiring higher education. The aim of need-based study allowance (hereinafter study allowance) is to provide assistance to students, whose households are unable to support them, motivate them to study full time and successfully and complete a curriculum during the nominal period of study.
Needs-based study allowance can be applied for by a student who complies with following conditions:
- The student’s family’s monthly income per family member is below 468 euros;
- The family members of an up to 24-year-old student include the student’s parents, minor siblings and half-siblings even if the student’s residence according to the data in the Estonian population register is different from the one of his or her family members.
- A household includes also up to 24-year-old siblings and half-siblings who acquire general secondary education in full-time study or vocational education in full-time study or higher education in full-time study and who have not exceeded the nominal period of the curriculum.
- The family members of a student do not include his/her parents' new spouse and the spouse’s children, even if the residence according to the data in the Estonian population register is the same.
- An up to a 24-year-old student, who is married or a parent or a guardian of a child, forms a separate family.
- An over 24-year-old student is a separate family and is no longer dependent on his/her parents’ income upon application for a study allowance.
- If a student has been referred to substitute home service or foster care until he/she attains the age of majority or a guardian has been appointed for the student until attainment of the age of majority and he/she has submitted the documents certifying thereof, the student’s parents, minor siblings and half-siblings and up to 24-year-old siblings and half-siblings who acquire general secondary education in full-time study or vocational education in full-time study or higher education in full-time study and who have not exceeded the nominal period of the curriculum shall not be deemed to be members of his/her household if the student is not married or a parent or guardian of a child.
- The student studies full-time and completes the curriculum’s requirements in full (75%), whereas the study load is calculated cumulatively by semesters. In the first-semester study allowance can be applied for by students who have selected full-time studies in their entrance application.
Students who are on academic leave cannot apply for study allowance!
Amounts of needs-based study allowances:
Student’s average income per family member
up to 117 EUR
Amount of study allowance
Applying for study allowance
An application for study allowance can be submitted in the state portal www.eesti.ee (Main page → Services→ For a citizen → Application for needs-based study allowance).
Please note that in order to apply for the allowance, the student must add information about all family members and upload necessary documents. If this information has not been added, Ministry of Education has the right not to process the application.
Applications can be submitted during the whole semester, not only for a month as so far. The allowance will be paid starting from the month of submission of the application, therefore it is recommended to submit the application in the first month of the semester – in September or in February.
How will a student receive the study allowance?
In the month of submission of the application (in September or February), the allowance will be paid seven days after granting the application. If a student submits an application for study allowance on the last days of a month, later than 7 working days before the end of a month (7 days are required for making the payment (the allowance of the month, when the application was submitted, will be paid to the student next month together with the allowance of the current month. In other months of the semester, the allowance will be paid within the first seven working days of each month.
If a student adds supplementary documents in the application environment, the payment of the allowance will be extended for the maximum of 10 days due to the processing of the documents. The allowance will be transferred to the student’s bank account indicated in the state portal.
Need-based special study allowance
What means a need-based special allowance? It is a monetary allowance based on the economic situation of the person and granted under the conditions provided for in this Act to students in order to cover expenses related to the acquisition of higher education if the application for a need-based study allowance of a student has been declined.
Who has the right to apply?
A student has the right to apply for need-based special allowance if:
- he/she is an Estonian citizen or is staying in Estonia on the basis of a long-term or temporary residence permit or on the basis of a permanent or temporary right of residence;
- he/she studies full-time and has by the starting semester cumulatively completed at least 75 percent of the study load subject to completion under the study programme in the previous semesters or studies full-time in the first semester;
- the student's application for need-based study allowance has been declined in the relevant semester on the grounds that according to the register of taxable persons of the Estonian Tax and Customs Board (ETCB) the average monthly income of the student and his or her family members exceeds the established maximum average income calculated for the receipt of need-based study allowance (the monthly income per family member exceeds 468 €);
- the student meets other conditions established by the EUAS in connection with the deterioration of the student's financial situation or other difficulties in the students' economic situation which prevents the student from continuing his or her studies. According to EUAS rules the economic situation of the student has deteriorated or become difficult if the average income of the three months preceding the submission of the application for family members specified in subsection 51 (2) of the Study Allowance and Study Loan Act does not exceed 60% of Estonia's average income, taking into account the data from Statistics Estonia's last quarter.
- an application for needs-based study allowance has been declined in the calendar month of application for need-based special allowance.
A student shall not be entitled to simultaneous need-based study allowance and need-based special allowance.
Students have the right to submit to the educational institution applications for the receipt of need-based special allowance for up to five study months at least twice during an academic year – from September to January and from February to June. Study allowance shall be paid from the month of applying for the study allowance.
How do I apply for need-based special allowance?
- Applications can be submitted throughout the entire semester. Need-based special allowance shall be paid for up to five months a semester starting from the month of applying for the allowance.
- To receive a need-based special allowance, a student should submit an application in ÕIS (intranet).
- In order to receive allowance starting from the current month, an application with all the required additional documents must be submitted before the 25th day of the current month.
What documents do I need to submit?
When applying for an allowance, a student shall submit the following documents:
- A negative decision of the application for a special need-based study allowance, which can be submitted to the University within five working days starting from the date when the decision was announced;
- Extracted data from the Estonian Population Register regarding the household members (from needs-based allowance application);
- A certificate from the Tax and Customs Board certifying the average monthly income of the three months preceding the submission of a need-based study allowance of the student and his or her family members specified in Subsection 2 of § 51 of the Study Allowances and Study Loans Act (get the information about the certificate from here or ask it by e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org);
- Documents proving a decrease in the level of income (certificate of registration as unemployed and/or permanent incapacitation for work or other certificates, etc.)
The University has the right to verify the correctness of documents and information submitted in order for the student to be granted a need-based special allowance, or to present the documents and information for inspection to competent authorities and persons.
Grant of need–based special allowance
- The number of special need-based allowances depends on the volume of the special allowances fund allocated to the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences for the academic year.
- The amount of the need-based special allowance is 135€ per month.