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Republic of Estonia 2021-2022 Government Scholarship For International Students (Fully Funded)

In 2020-2021 and 2021-2022, the Republic of Estonia School of Diplomacy (ESD), in co-operation with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will offer scholarships for young diplomats and civil servants to participate in its certificate programme on International Relations and European Integration. The study programme takes place at the Estonian School of Diplomacy in Tallinn.

Every year, the Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD), in co-operation with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offers scholarships for young diplomats and civil servants to participate in its 9-month certificate programme on International Relations and European Integration. The study programme takes place at the Estonian School of Diplomacy in Tallinn, over two semesters, beginning in September and ending in May of the following year. 2020/2021 group started exceptionally in October and will end in June.

The programme for 2021/2022 academic year is available here. Academic year 2021/2022 will start on 14 September 2021 and end on 27 May 2022.

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About Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD)

The Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD) was originally created in 1990 in order to train personnel for the (not yet existing) Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the (not yet re-established) Republic of Estonia.   Throughout the 1990s, most ESD graduates went directly to work in the MFA; many have attained ambassadorial rank, while two have served as minister of foreign affairs.   After the end of that decade, as EU membership went from prospect to reality, ESD became the first training institute in the country to introduce European integration topics into its curriculum.... read more


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Estonian Government Masters Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Estonian Government Masters Scholarship

  1. Tuition fees;
  2. A monthly stipend (€450.00);
  3. Accommodation in Tallinn (including internet and utilities);
  4. Health insurance in Estonia during the period of study;
  5. The cost of obtaining a Schengen visa;

NB: Scholarship does NOT include costs of travel to and from Estonia.


Requirements for Estonian Government Masters Scholarship Qualification

In order to be eligible to apply for the scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Come from a country eligible for overseas development assistance (ODA) (see list of countries here);

Eligible Countries: 

  1. Hold at least a Bachelor’s degree;
  2. Have an advanced command of English (speaking, reading, and writing);
  3. Be currently employed by (and have been working for at least one year at) the foreign or civil service of their country/territory;
  4. Be highly motivated to learn about international relations and related disciplines. Priority will be given to candidates who intend to continue their professional careers in the civil or diplomatic service of their country/territory;
  5. Be hard-working, co-operative, and prepared for an intercultural study environment

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Documents Required for Application

  1. Application with a passport-sized photo
  2. CV in English
  3. Personal statement [motivation letter], 1 page [300-400 words] in length, explaining the reasons why you are applying, your relevant previous experience, and how studying at ESD will benefit your future professional development
  4. Copy of the degree diploma from the institution of higher education attended most recently (accompanied by unofficial English translation if the diploma is not in English)
  5. Copy of the academic record from the institution of higher education attended most recently (with unofficial English translation if necessary)
  6. Copy of passport photo/data page
  7. An academic essay of 4 pages (1,300-1,500 words with references) to be written on one of the topics below:
  • Impact of Covid-19 to the future of Europe
  • China – a partner or a foe?
  • Multilateral reset in the US – dream or reality?
  • Is soft power a successful tool to tackle the climate crisis?
  • Digital diplomacy – interim measure or way forward?


Application Deadline

May 31, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD) on edk.edu.ee to apply

Application documents can be submitted by using Online Scholarship Application System.

Application must reach ESD by 31 May 2021 the latest. Skype interviews will be conducted with shortlisted candidates.

All candidates will be informed by e-mail about the result of their application no later than 18 June 2021.

Selected participants are expected to arrive in Tallinn on 10-12 September 2021.

For further questions please contact Liina Link at [email protected]

For more details, visit ESD website



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