Mobilitas Pluss┋Post-doctoral Research Grants in Estonia

This programme aims to:

  • improve the international visibility of Estonian research, business and higher education and Estonia’s attractiveness as a destination country for study and research;
  • strengthen the international competitiveness of Estonian researchers and research performing organisations, including companies;
  • support opportunities for Estonian research institutions and companies to collaborate with transnational research organisations and networks, including through synergy with Horizon 2020 actions;
  • expand international collaboration and professional development opportunities for the state, R&D institutions, higher education institutions, companies, students and academic staff by improving intersectoral and international mobility and cooperation (opportunities).

What do we support?

We support researchers who have earned their doctoral degrees abroad in coming to Estonia for postdoctoral research. We expect to bring approximately 100 postdoctoral researchers to Estonia through at least five calls for proposals.

What is the objective for the postdoctoral researcher grant?

The grant is provided with the aim of balancing and encouraging brain circulation whilst supporting opportunities for completing postdoctoral research, an important stage in research careers. The Estonian state attaches importance both to international researchers coming to Estonia to work and to the return of Estonian researchers who have gone abroad to study, in order to facilitate the application in Estonia of knowledge and experience acquired abroad and expand career options for researchers at the beginning of their career paths.

As a result of the activity, more researchers with international experience, including foreign researchers, will be working in Estonia than is the case now. Furthermore, postdoctoral research and international research experience will become a natural ingredient of research careers in Estonia.

What is the grant amount?

The amount of the grant depends on the amount of personal research grants issued for postdoctoral researchers from the state budget and is defined in Annex 2 to the decree on Mobilitas Pluss. The final beneficary of the grant is an Estonian R&D institution or company hiring postdoctoral researchers who have come from abroad.  The grant is subject to self financing requirement of 5% by the host institution.

The amounts are:

  • 34 650 €/per year for experimental projects
  • 31 710 €/per year for non-experimental projects
  • 6500 € in the first year of the project for relocation support

How long is the period of the grant?

The minimum grant period is 12 months and the maximum period is 24 months.

Implementation of the postdoctoral project should commence within one year after the decision to grant the application, unless a different agreement has been negotiated with good reason. The grant period will commence on the date specified in the grant agreement.

What are the requirements for the applicant?

Final recipients of postdoctoral researcher grant include R&D institutions, companies or higher education institutions hiring postdoctoral researchers who have come from abroad. Postdoctoral researcher grant is aimed at both Estonian residents and foreign nationals who have defended their doctoral degrees at universities abroad. The Estonian Research Council is entitled to introduce additional requirements for the final recipient when announcing calls for proposals.

A postdoctoral research project has to have a supervisor. The supervisor should hold an Estonian doctoral degree or a corresponding qualification from abroad and be a member of staff at the host institution.

What are applications evaluated on?

An application meeting the requirements is evaluated by the evaluation committee at ETAg involving independent experts. Applications are evaluated on the following selection criteria:

  • impact of the project on the objectives of the measure;
  • scientific quality of the application application (research capacity of the host institution, sufficiency of the available research environment and infrastructure, methods, expected results, including particular field-specific or application-related characteristics, etc);
  • justifiability and cost-efficiency of the application;
  • applicant’s capability to carry out the project (track record of the postdoctoral researcher);
  • impact of the application on horizontal topics (regional development; environmental care and climate; civil society; ensuring equal opportunities; governing development; information society).
Application date
3 Mar 2017
12-24 months
Europe Estonia
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 5 years
Grants available
Ca. 20
Award granted
Up to ca. € 35.000/year + relocation support