The University of Tartu Doctoral Ph.D. Scholarship

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The University of Tartu Estonia is offering Doctoral Ph.D. Scholarship; it is a leading research and development institution with more than 1400 Doctoral students conducting research at the university each year. More than 100 doctoral degrees are defended annually (more than half of the total number in Estonia).

UT belongs to the top 1% of the world’s most-cited universities and research institutions in the fields of Clinical Medicine, Chemistry, Environment/Ecology, Plant and Animal Science, Geosciences, Social Sciences (general), Biology and Biochemistry and Engineering (ISI Web of Science 2016). A total of 38 UT scientists belong to the top 1% of most quoted scientists in the world ( UT Science in Numbers )

Doctoral schools at the UT facilitate special projects, foster international collaboration and bring extra funding and support for Ph.D. studies, including international seminars and practical skills training.

A Ph.D. programme lasts for 4 years and requires 240 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) to be earned for completion. Read more about regulations and organization of Ph.D. studies at the University of Tartu.


Institution of Study: The University of Tartu

Nationality eligible: Worldwide

Level of study: Masters degree


  • Master’s degree or a corresponding level of education.
  • Some faculties may require an entrance examination or interview.
  • All eligible applicants are ranked and ranking is based on the results of entrance examinations and other programme-specific requirements set for a particular Ph.D. curriculum.
  • Admission is regulated by the document Admissions rules in Doctoral Studies

The language of instruction:

The language of instruction for most of the doctoral programmes is in English. However, there are two doctoral programmes, where learning of Estonian during the programme is compulsory – it means some of the instruction takes place in Estonian. These programmes are Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics and Law.

All the applicants must provide proof of. English language proficiency at a satisfactory level.

Please note that these are the only tests and exemptions accepted by the University of Tartu.

If an applicant cannot prove his/her English language proficiency with one of the approved English tests and does not belong to any of the listed exempt categories, the application will not qualify for admission.

Applicants to the Russian and Slavonic Philology Ph.D. Scholarship programme must provide a proof of Russian language proficiency at a satisfactory level.. Proof of English language proficiency is not required.


Scholarships offer:

There is no tuition fee for Ph.D. studies at the University of Tartu. Students studying full time have the right to receive a monthly stipend of 660 Euros. 

The tuition-waiver scholarship covers the tuition fee if the student meets the nominal study load requirement.

If students on tuition-waiver study places fail to complete sufficient amount of credits per semester, they have to pay for the credits not earned.

The tuition waiver scholarships are allocated at the time of admission. It will be noted in the admission letter whether a student is granted a tuition-waiver scholarship or a tuition fee-based study place (needs to pay for studies).

Please check the website of each programme to find out whether a programme has tuition-waiver scholarships.

Read more about different scholarship opportunities from here.


Application: There is no application procedure, please check the eligibility requirements for Ph.D. allowance


Deadline: 1 March 2018


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