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 2019

PS please note that Instructions have been updated October 2018

General directions - all candidates

  • Allow enough time to gather all required documents - official transcript, diplomas, Phd Commitee reviews, recommendatons letters. essey and photo. 
  • When filling out the online application be aware that you can not save the information. It must be completed in one session. Information will be lost if you leave the application before selecting REVIEW/PRINT (ÜLEVAADE/PRINT). 
  • Printed and signed scholarship application must be postmarked no later than February 15, 2019. Applications postmarked with a later date will not be accepted.
  • Applications and accompanying documents must be sent in one envelope 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 (toetusfondikysimused@outlook.com). When you have sent your application, check your email as we notify you when we receive your packet or if there are any problems or issues.
  • 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" 
  • The online application form will close at midnight Eastern Standard Time on February 15th, 2019.
  • 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 annually per student.
  • Applicants will be notified of the scholarship committee's decision by email in May 2019. The maximum stipend for the 2019/20120 academic year is $6,000.
  • The Scholarship is aimed mainly toward second year or higher level students who are studying full time in accredited university .
  • Scholarship recipients must send ESF proof of registration or matriculation which must be received by ESF by September 30th or the stipend will be forfeited.
  • Stipend will be remitted after the matriculation verification has been received. 

Transcript and Diplomas - Bachelor and Masters

  • 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 students should include official transcripts and copies of previously earned Diplomas.

Transcript and Diplomas - Phd

  • 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.
  • Doctoral students should include official transcripts and copies of previously earned Diplomas.

Essay - all candidates

  • 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 - all candidates

  • 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.

Recommendations - all candidates

  • Bachelors and Masters candidates 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.
  • PhD Candidates submit one recommendation - an accademic recommendation from their Phd advisor
  • 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. 
    • 4. PhD candidate´s academic recommendation must also include date and results of Department committee review of canditate´s progress
  • 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.