Personal and Postdoctoral Research Grants, Estonia

Deadline: 30 September 2013
Open to: candidates holding a doctoral degree
Fellowship: 27,000 Eur annually, research-related costs 3,200/6,000 Eur, relocation support


Estonian Research Council is a governmental foundation that was established on the basis of the Estonian Science Foundation and combined with the Research Cooperation Centre, a department of the Archimedes Foundation, acting as a Seventh Framework Programme National Contact Point. Estonian Research Council was established to concentrate the funding of R&D and guarantee the better functioning of financing systems. The body is the main funding organization of R&D, consolidating different grants and types of funding and giving research more visibility in the society.

The post-doctoral research grant is a research grant that the Estonian Research Council will award to an applicant as a result of an open international competition for the purpose of implementation of a particular research project. The duration of a post-doctoral research grant may be from 12 to 24 months. Estonian Research Council will award both incoming and outgoing research grants. In case of incoming fellows preference is given to applicants who have received Estonian state support for doing their PhD degree abroad.


The scholarships are eligible for those, who:

  • have, on the due date for submissions, their first Estonian doctoral degree or the foreign equivalent and have not held such a degree for more than five years
  • have not received their doctorate from the same institution at which the postdoctoral project is being applied for

An applicant can apply for funding on the basis of an agreement with an Estonian research and development institution (the host institution). The agreement should include a confirmation that the host institution will sign a work contract with the applicant for carrying out the postdoctoral study. An individual who has received their doctorate in Estonia cannot apply for a postdoctoral project at an Estonian research and development institution.


The grant includes remuneration of the post-doctoral fellow 27,000 EUR annually, research-related costs (for an experimental research project – 6,000 EUR, for a non-experimental research project – 3,200 EUR). The post-doctoral fellows whose employment entails relocation to Estonia from another country or from Estonia to another country can request a non-recurrent relocation support of EUR 6,500. The evaluation committee will assess the justification for that request.


The call for post-doctoral research applications will be open till 30 September 2013. Applications can be submitted only electronically via the Estonian Research Information System ETIS. Read how to enter ETIS HERE.

Please send your inquiries to Ms Kadri Mäger, e-mail: [email protected], tel +3727 317 358.

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