Information on completing the application and correspondence with ESF

Scholarship for Full-time Students - available to students of Estonian descent for studies at an accredited academic institution in Estonia or elsewhere.

Posting deadline
15. February 2018

PS please note that Instructions have been updated November 2017

General directions

  • Allow enough time to gather all required documents, which must be mailed together with the printed application.
  • Applications and accompanying documents must be sent all together by regular mail, or if mailed outside the USA, with airmail. Do not send letters/packages registered, Fed Ex or other mailing alternatives.
  • All other correspondance with ESF is via email (
  • The Scholarship is aimed mainly toward second year or higher level students who are studying full time in accredited university .
  • Before starting to fill in the online application make sure you have the latest browser version. If you are using Safari browser take off the pop-up blocker. You can do that from the Safari->Preferences->Security->"Block pop-up windows" 
  • When filling out the online application be aware that you can not save the information. It must be completed in one session. 
  • Scholarship application must be postmarked no later than February 15, 2018. Applications postmarked with a later date will not be accepted.
  • The online application form will close at midnight Eastern Standard Time on February 15th, 2018.
  • Your Printed and signed Application together with two reccommendation letters, essay, transcrip, diploma and other supporting documents must be mailed together in one envelop to the ESF.
  • Applications, which are incomplete or missing required documents, will not be considered.
  • Only one application for the Scholarhip for the Full-time Students can be submited annualy per student.
  • We will notify you by email when your mailed application is received.
  • Applicants will be notified of the scholarship committee's decision by email in May 2018. The maximum stipend for the 2018/2019 academic year is $6,000.
  • Scholarship recipients must send ESF proof of registration or matriculation by the end of September or the stipend will be forfeited.
  • Stipend will be remitted after the matriculation verification has been received. 

Transcript and Diplomas

  • Enclose an original official transcript from your present school which also includes the grades from the previous fall semester and your GPA. (No photo copies)
  • Please highlight the GPA. If the GPA is not available, please calculate it and attach it to your transcript.
  • If fall semester grades are not available, a letter from your advisor explaining your achievements and class ranking will be accepted. The letter must be written on official school letterhead and include the writer's name, title, address, telephone number and email address.
  • First year college students should include an official high school/gymnasium transcript and a copy of their HS diploma.
  • Masters and Doctoral students should include official transcripts and copies of previously earned Diplomas.


  • Include a one page personal essay describing an important and/or life-changing event, facts or other topics not presented in the application. For example:
    • An event which significantly influenced your life.
    • What inspired you toward your field of study?
    • What does being an Estonian mean to you?
  • Applicants raised outside Estonia may write the essay in English.
  • Previous ESF applicants - choose a different topic for your essay than previous years. For instance - what impact did last year`s studies have on you; how has your outlook changed etc.

Planned budget

  • The budget must be realistic and within the range of the requested scholarship.
  • All calculations should be presented in US dollars and in line with the current exchange rate.


  • Submit two recommendations – one academic and one personal. They must be typed, not handwritten and signed. Each recommendation must be placed in a separate envelope with the recommenders signature across the seal.
  • Academic recommendation must be written on the department or schools letterhead and include the recommender’s name, position, address, telephone number and email address. It must be current and speak to the applicant’s academic or professional accomplishments during the past year and bring out the following:
    • 1. The capacity and timeframe in which the recommender knows the applicant
    • 2. Reasons why the applicant deserves the scholarship
    • 3. The applicant’s current academic standing including an evaluation of the applicant’s achievements during the most recent school year. 
  • The personal recommendation may be written by former teachers, workplace supervisors, organization officers, or religious leaders but not family members, relatives or personal friends. It must be current (interactions between the applicant and recommender to have been within the last 2 years) and demonstrate knowledge about and speak to the applicant’s accomplishments and character. It must include the recommender`s name, address, position, telephone number and email address.