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Specialisation stipends financed from the targeted support for information technology curricula

The specialisation stipends financed from the targeted support for information technology curricula can be applied by the students enrolled in the bachelor or master’s programme of Computer Science, the master’s programme in Software Engineering, or master's programme Data Science.  

The IT Academy specialisation stipend is 240 euros per month at

  • Computer Science bachelor’s level

And 300 euros per month at

  • Computer Science master’s level
  • Software Engineering master’s level
  • Data Science master’s level.


Application conditions


A student is eligible to apply for a specialisation stipend from the first semester of his/her 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 if citizens of the foreign country are exempt from visa requirements and have applied for a temporary residence permit for studies;
  • is a full-time student;
  • is not on academic leave;
  • has not exceeded the standard period of study for the curriculum;
  • has completed least 30 cumulative credit points per semester from the curriculum;
  • is studying Computer Science at bachelor’s or master’s level, Software Engineering at master’s level or Data Science at master’s level.


How is completion of the curriculum evaluated?


The 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 the study results taken into account on the basis of the RPL 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.


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 specialisation stipends in the SIS. By submitting an application for a specialisation stipend, the student automatically applies for both an IT Academy specialisation stipend and a regular specialisation stipend (funded by the European Regional Development Fund, ERF).

In first semester students must also submit an application for the specialisation stipend in SIS. For first semester students, the IT Academy specialisation stipend is granted on the basis of the ranking list prepared from application for University admission.

Guidelines for submitting the application in SIS


Granting the allowance

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

The payment of specialisation stipend, either 240 or 300 euros per month, will be paid by the 10th of each month m 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?

If there are equal competition points when drawing up a ranking list of first-semester students of the bachelor's curriculum in Computer Science, preference will be given to students with higher result in the state examination in mathematics or in the entrance examination.

In the following semesters 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 an 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 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 specialisation stipend funded by the 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 conditions for a specialisation stipend and ranking lists can be found at the institute or dean's office of your faculty.

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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