2 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFall Start
Grant Length9 Months
Program goal: to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Estonia.
General benefits: host country-supported fieldwork and research in culture, economic integration, religion, society and politics, science and technology, ecological and environmental issues, public health, human rights, law and security, and education as well as arts, both performance and fine arts.
Well-qualified candidates at all degree levels will be considered. Candidates must be mature, self-motivated individuals who are capable of working independently. Applications will be considered in all fields except medical science involving patient contact.
Excellent opportunities exist for the study of Estonian language, literature, and culture.
The grant period will be September to June.
All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in June or July as a condition of their grant. The event is organized by IIE, virtual or in-person.
An in-country orientation is arranged by the Embassy for all grantees upon arrival to Estonia.
Well-qualified candidates at all degree levels will be considered. Candidates must be mature, self-motivated individuals who are capable of working independently.
Applicants proposing projects in the medical sciences involving patient contact are not eligible for consideration.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Estonian language proficiency is not required unless necessary for the successful completion of the project. Supervision by English-speaking professors is widely available, as are classes taught in English. Some opportunities also exist for Russian speakers. Some study of Estonian prior to arrival is encouraged to promote deeper engagement with the host community.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Applicants are required to arrange affiliations and submit letters of invitation/affiliation with their application. Please contact Jane Susi in the Public Diplomacy Section at the U.S. Embassy for advice and networking contacts.
There are six public universities in Estonia, the three largest are University of Tartu (UT); Tallinn University; and Tallinn University of Technology. These institutions also have specialized branch institutions in other Estonian cities, for example, Viljandi Academy of Culture of University of Tartu, located in Viljandi, and University of Tartu Narva College in Narva. For more information, please check the homepages of the above-mentioned institutions. There are also three smaller, specialized universities: University of Life Sciences in Tartu; Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn; and Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn. All these universities have well-developed international student service systems.
Tartu is an historic university city (UT was founded in 1632); Tallinn is Estonia’s cultural and political capital; both provide students with a wealth of research possibilities and community outreach options. Students wishing to enroll in classes, aside from their primary research activities, must make appropriate prior arrangements with their host institution. Please note that the decision to grant access lies fully with the host institution and might be for a fee not covered by the Fulbright grant.
Grantees are expected to arrange their own housing.
To obtain legal residency in Estonia, all applicants need to be ready to secure a D-type visa through the Estonian Embassy/Consulate prior to embarking on the program in Estonia. The application needs to be coordinated with the host institution in Estonia to obtain necessary paperwork on behalf of the hosts. Students need to apply for the D-type visa for the length of their stay. The host institution would need to confirm the legal status of the candidate as student to be eligible for the visa.
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Additional Online Resources
Visit Estonia: https://www.visitestonia.com/en/why-estonia/estonia-facts
US Embassy Twitter: https://twitter.com/USEmbTallinn