Scholarship information

On this page you can find information about different scholarships available for applicants and students of the University of Tartu.

Tuition-waiver student places

All English-taught bachelor's programmes are fee based. There are no tuition waivers. Most of the English taught  master´s programmes, still not all, offer student places with a tuition waiver. Please check the website of each programme to find out whether a programme has tuition-waiver student places.

A tuition waiver student place means that the student will be released of the tuition fee if the nominal study load requirement is met. Nominal study load is completed if no more than 6 credits are missing from the 30 ECTS workload per semester. If students on tuition-waiver student places fail to complete sufficient amount of credits per semester, they have to pay for the credits not earned.

All applicants to English taught master´s programmes are automatically considered for the stipend, no addtional application is needed. The tuition-waiver student places are allocated at the time of admission according to the general admission ranking list. It will be noted in the admission letter whether a student is granted a tuition-waiver student place or a tuition fee based student place (need to pay for studies). 



Scholarships for master's programmes

It is not known whether this scholarship programme will be available in 2023.  MFA scholarships for the students admitted in 2022 have been allocated.
In the 2022, target countries of the MFA scholarships were: Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and also Botswana, Uganda, Kenya, Namibia.

Programmes considered for this scholarship include: 
Clinical Nutrition 
Computer Science
Contemporary Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Educational Technology
Geoinformatics for Urban Society
Information Technology Law
Innovation and Technology Management
International Relations and Regional Studies
International Law and Human Rights
Quantitive Economics
Politics and Governance in the Digital Age
Robotics and Computer Engineering
Software Engineering
Wellness and Spa Service Design and Management

Please note that the number of stipends is limited, in most cases it is 1-2 stipends per programme. The 400-EUR stipend per month is assigned for two years (standard study period of master’s studies - altogether 20 months). The only exception is Information Technology Law which is a 1-year programme and thus the stipend is paid for one year (10 months). 

How to apply?

The applicants are required to meet all admission requirements and submit the full package of application documents (please find more information on the website of your chosen study programme). All applicants from target countries applying for the eligible master's programmes are automatically considered for the stipend, no addtional application is needed.  Stipends are allocated to the best applicants based on the admissions ranking lists (each programme separately). Only well motivated candidates with good academic performance and properly prepared admission package are considered. The students who have not graduated by the admission deadline are still eligible, provided that the rest of the admission documents are properly prepared. We do not request for any additional documents to be submitted except for the ones required by the study programme(s) you are applying for.

Announcement of results
Like last year, the best applicants will be offered stipend (no additional application needed) and we inform them as  soon as relevant information is available (no sooner than the end of May). Payment of the stipend will be at the end of September, after arrival to Tartu and signing of a respective stipend agreement. 


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Estonian Development Cooperation scholarships are funded by the Estonian Foreign Ministry’s Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid funds



Scholarships for different levels, programmes and countries


Scholarships for the students already enrolled

There is a number of different scholarships the UT students can apply for once they are enrolled or in some cases need to be the students of II or higher semesters. Please see the whole list here.


Other scholarship resources

  • The Gilman International Scholarship Programme

Offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. More info.

  • NSEP David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

The National Security Education Programme (NSEP) awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). Scholarships are intended to provide support to U.S. undergraduates who will pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security. NSEP emphasizes the importance of language study as a major component of a study abroad programme. More info.

  • The Healthline and NORD Stronger Scholarship Program of 2018 

The Healthline and NORD Stronger Scholarship Program of 2018 will be awarding four $5,000 scholarships to U.S. students committed to helping those living with rare and chronic disease. Four applicants will be granted a $5,000 scholarship each to pursue their efforts in helping individuals with these conditions - either through research, patient advocacy, raising awareness, or community building. The application periode is open from March 1 to May 1, 2018. Learn more about the scholarship and how to apply at Healthline.

  • Fulbright US Student Programmes

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright U.S. Student Programme offers opportunities for recent graduates, postgraduate candidates, and developing professionals and artists to conduct career-launching study and research abroad. More info.

  • Fulbright full grants for EU

Awards are offered to graduate students and advanced Doctoral candidates with projects that focus on the new mechanisms for supranational governance emerging within the administrative framework of the European Union (EU). Consideration is given to clearly-defined projects that require a student's presence at EU institutions in Brussels and in Luxembourg, in other member states of the EU. More info.

  • Fulbright full grants for Estonia:

Graduate students are preferred. More info.

  • Boren Fellowships

Fellowships of up to $30,000 awarded for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Fellows may seek support for a combination of domestic and foreign study; stronger proposals often include significant time abroad. Focus on geographic areas, languages and fields of study seen as critical to U.S. national security, drawing on a broad definition of national security, including military, political, environmental and social concerns. Boren Scholarships are intended to provide support to students who study languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad. Study of a foreign language is an integral part of every Boren proposal. More info.

Canadian Federation of University Women offers several scholarships and fellowships for female students and mostly for graduate studies. More info.

Finnish students please consult KELA or CIMO for the various social and financial security benefits provided to students studying abroad.


Language requirements for doctoral applicants


Open calls in doctoral studies

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