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European Union-funded specialisation stipends

The purpose of the European Union-funded specialisation stipends is to motivate students to study full time in the areas of priority for Estonia. The specialisation stipend is 160 euros per month.

Conditions for applying

A student is eligible to apply for the specialisation stipend from the first semester of the matriculation year if he/she:

  • is a citizen of Estonia or resides in Estonia on the basis of a long-term or temporary residence permit or a permanent or temporary right of residence, or resides in Estonia with a long-stay visa or without a visa if there is an agreement with the foreign country for visa-free movement, or of citizens of the foreign country are exempt from visa requirements and have applied for a temporary residence permit for studies;
  • is admitted before 2022/23 academic year, and is a full-time student;
  • is not on academic leave;
  • has not exceeded the standard period of study of the curriculum;
  • has completed at least 30 cumulative credit points per semester from the curriculum;
  • is enrolled at master’s level in Robotics and Computer Engineering, Materials Science, Biomedicine, Gene Technology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Software Engineering, Materials Science and Technology or Molecular Biosciences.


How is completion of the curriculum evaluated?

Students need to keep in mind that completion of the curriculum means completing the courses of a particular study programme, not just any courses. Optional courses are included, but not exceeding the volume foreseen in the particular study programme. The extent of completion of the curriculum is accounted for as of the date preceding the start of the semester of application. The completion of the curriculum recognises study results taken into account on the basis of the RPL decision in the semester of the RPL decision and the study results taken into account on the basis of a study plan in the semester the study results are submitted.


List of curricula where students can apply

A group curricula: master’s studies in Robotics and Computer Engineering, master's studies in Materials Science, master's studies in Materials Science and Technology. B group curricula: master's studies in Biomedicine, master's studies in Gene Technology, master's studies in Computer Science, master's studies in Mathematics and Statistics, master's studies in Software Engineering, master's studies in Molecular Biosciences.

The specialisation stipend is granted to up to 50 percent of students in the A group curricula and up to 30 percent of students in the B group curricula.


Application procedure

The application must be submitted in SIS for the autumn semester between 1 and 30 September, and for the spring semester between 1 and 28 February. A new application must be submitted each semester.

There is one application form for ERF funded specialisation stipend and IT Academy specialisation stipend in the SIS. Students enrolled in the bachelor or master’s Computer Science programme or the master’s programme in Software Engineering automatically apply for both ERF funded specialisation stipend and IT Academy specialisation stipend when they submit an application in SIS.

In first semester students must also submit an application for the specialisation stipend in SIS.

Guidelines for submitting the application in SIS


Granting the stipend

Specialisation stipends are allocated twice a year: the autumn semester (September to January) and spring semester (February to June). 

The payment of specialisation stipend, 160 euros per month, will be paid by the 10th of each month, in arrears (for September the payment will be made by 25 October at the latest and for February the payment will be made by 25 March at the latest). The announcement about not granting the allowance will be sent to the applicant in the spring semester at 25 March and in the autumn semester at 25 October.

If the student is deleted from the matriculation register, the payment of the specialisation stipend is terminated. The last specialisation stipend in curricula specified above is paid for the month of study preceding the deletion from the matriculation register.


How is the ranking list formed?

In the autumn semester of the first year the specialisation stipend is granted on the basis of the ranking list when applying for admission to the University. At bachelor’s level, if there are equal points, preference will be given to students with higher results in the state examination in mathematics or in the entrance examination.

In the following semesters the applicants will be ranked using last semester’s weighted average grade over all study results throughout the period of study.

If multiple applicants have equal results, preference will be given to the applicant:

  • who has a higher weighted average grade across all study results throughout the period of study;
  • who has cumulatively completed the curriculum to a greater extent;
  • who has had fewer negative results throughout the period of study;
  • who has attained outstanding results in their field, successfully participated in professional competitions or contests or who is socially active. The commission has the right, where necessary, to request from a student documents and data that allow assessment of the student’s outstanding results in the field of study and their social activities.


Specialisation stipend during academic leave 

In the case of academic leave, the last payment will be made for the full study month preceding the beginning of academic leave.

Payment of the specialisation stipend will be terminated if a student has taken academic leave, except in the following cases:

  • the student completes the curriculum and has a moderate, severe or profound disability;
  • the student is a parent or guardian of a child of less than three years of age;
  • the student is a parent or guardian of a disabled child of less than 16 years of age;
  • the student is on academic leave due to military service or alternative civilian service.

In these cases the stipend is paid for the months the student has been on academic leave within a month of the end of the semester. The amount of the stipend payable for the months of academic leave is differentiated on the basis of the extent of the completion of the curriculum during the semester of academic leave.


Simultaneous stipends

A student to whom the specialisation stipend financed from the targeted support for information technology curricula has been granted, cannot be granted a European Union-funded specialisation stipend. The Vice Dean for Academic Affairs has the right not to award a specialisation stipend to a student who has been awarded another stipend for the same period and which has a similar purpose to that of the specialisation stipend.


Additional information

Information about application conditios for a specialisation stipend and ranking lists can be found at the institute or dean's office of your faculty.

Specialisation stipend information can be found on the webpage of the Estonian Education and Youth Board.

The payment and granting of a specialisation stipend is regulated in Estionia by national regulation "Types and Amounts of State Student Scholarships and General Conditions and Procedure for Granting Them" (available only in Estonian) and at the University of Tartu by the "Procedure for Applying for Granting and Payment of Stipends and Study Allowances"




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