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Grants, competitions, and scholarships

Estonians are part of our society and a united Estonian family, no matter where they live. Identity, language and culture can be preserved even while living abroad, and there are many opportunities for this. The more people there are who associate themselves with Estonia in one way or another, the stronger we all are together.

The state supports the continuation of Estonian culture and language learning abroad as well as the continuity of Estonian communities. We also offer counseling and subsidies for settling in Estonia: an Estonian and his family are always welcome here.

A summary table of financial grants and scholarships offered by the state can be found here.

Below is information about all currently open scholarship and support rounds offered by Estonian state institutions as well as various Estonian organizations abroad and individuals.


Summary table of financial grants and scholarships offered by the Estonian state


Name Organizer Timeline Purpose and/or target group
Support program for self-initiated projects of Estonian communities abroad Integratsiooni Sihtasutus (INSA) A broad application round for projects that help preserve and develop Estonian identity, language and culture abroad
Returnee support Integratsiooni Sihtasutus (INSA) The aim of the return support is to help minimize any return-related socio-economic difficulties.
Support for the preservation of Estonian cultural heritage abroad Rahvusarhiiv Preservation of Estonian memory and cultural heritage abroad
Support program for the publications of Estonian communities abroad Integratsiooni Sihtasutus (INSA) Program to support journalistic publications of Estonian foreign communities
Folk Culture Endowment Eesti Kultuurkapital , , , To preserve and develop Estonian folk culture both in Estonia and abroad
Scholarship for young Estonians living abroad to complete an internship in Estonia Välisministeerium Scholarship for young Estonians living/studying abroad to complete a professional internship in Estonia
Language camps for young Estonians abroad Integratsiooni Sihtasutus (INSA) Designed for young people aged 13-18, the camps are an opportunity for them to study Estonian, get to know local Estonians their own age and learn more about the country’s culture.
Estonian culture in the world Kultuuriministeerium The purpose of the application round is to contribute to the introduction, promotion and spread of Estonian culture (cultural diplomacy) outside of Estonia.
Application round for the academic study of the Estonian language and culture abroad Haridus- ja Noorteamet , Estonian language and culture study and related research at foreign universities, students, master's students, doctoral students and lecturers, as well as opinion leaders with appropriate training and those interested in Estonian culture can apply
A scholarship program aimed at supporting the studies of Estonians from abroad in Estonia Haridus- ja Noorteamet Scholarship for young people with Estonian roots living abroad to study in Estonian universities and vocational schools (includes an additional year to learn the Estonian language if necessary)
Funding round for educational projects Eesti Keele Instituut Support for teaching Estonian language and culture in Estonian communities abroad


Veebilehte haldab Integratsiooni Sihtasutus.
Sihtasutuse asutaja on Eesti Vabariik, kelle nimel teostab asutajaõigusi Kultuuriministeerium.