Scholarships and Fellowships

Studying or research in Asia and/or the Middle East can be expensive. Fortunately, there are scholarships and fellowships that partially or completely cover the necessary costs. We will highlight the most important and accessible options on this page. Other scholarships for students and employees of the University of Tartu can be viewed on the website of the University of Tartu Foundation (Sihtasutus)

Scholarships for language and programme studies, as well as exchange opportunities

The scholarship aims to support students of the University of Tartu whose research focuses on Asian and/or Middle Eastern regions or areas dealing with them. Furthermore, also graduates whose MA thesis includes scientific work that helps develop knowledge and research of Asia and/or the Middle East in Estonian society can apply for the scholarship. This includes building and networking relationships such as joint mentoring and cooperation with Asian research institutions. 

The scholarship of 2000€ is awarded once a year in every in each faculty. 


The scholarship can be applied for a Master's thesis submitted to the defense, internship abroad, PhD dissertation or its project and research work in cases of dentistry and pharmacology students. 

To apply for the scholarship with your master's thesis, the following must be submitted to the Asian Centre of the University of Tartu: 

  • curriculum vitae with an overview of professional and social activities. Please add some sentences about your social activity or research is linked with the aim of the scholarship;

  • pdf-file of the Master's thesis submitted for defense;

To apply for the scholarship with your PhD plan, full dissertation or internship abroad, please submit:

  • curriculum vitae with an overview of professional and social activities. Please add some sentences about how your social activity or research is linked with the aim of the scholarship;

  • pdf-file of the PhD plan, full dissertation or plan of the internship abroad;

  • signed recommendation letter from the supervisor; 

The deadline for the submission of documents is 4th of June 2023. The files must be submitted to the e-mail address The scholarship is determined based on the academic level of the Master's thesis, and professional and social activities. In the cases of internship abroad, fulfilment of the set goals and the and professional and social activities 

The applications received are evaluated by an interdisciplinary committee, including representatives of the University of Tartu Asia Centre. The scholarship shall be handed over to the scholarship recipient at the graduation of the field of study in the 2022/2023 academic year. 


The MEXT Scholarship is awarded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to foreign nationals for them to come to Japan to study. There are multiple reasons for why Japan offers such scholarships but some of the reasons are as follows:

  • To bring the brightest minds of the world to Japan’s educational institutions
  • To internationalize Japan’s educational scene
  • To develop a group of people who can act as bridges between Japan and other countries
  • To promote studying in Japan as a whole

The available scholarships are following:

• Research Student Scholarship

• Undergraduate Scholarship

• Specialized Training College Scholarship

• College of Technology Scholarship

For questions, please visit the links above or contact üsimuste korral palun pöörduge Embassy of Japan in Estonia -

The Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) Program is available to foreign students studying at Korean universities. Undergraduate and postgraduate students at designated institutions are eligible for the award. It is important to note that once granted, scholars are not permitted to transfer to other universities even if the study program is the same.

Depending on the budget, the scholarship is intended to be given to numerous undergraduate and graduate international students.

This fellowship provides professors, graduate students and Korea-related professionals with an opportunity to take an intensive Korean language course up to one year at a university-affiliated language institute in Korea.

  • Eligibility : M.A./Ph.D. students and faculty members in the field of Korean Studies, professionals involved in Korea-related activities
  • Number of Awardees : Up to 40 per year
  • Fellowship Period : 6 – 12 months
  • Program Support : tuition fees, monthly stipend(1 - 1.2 million KRW), travelers’ insurance

The Lee Kong Chian Graduate Scholarships ("Scholarships") were established from donations received from the Lee Foundation and are the University's most prestigious scholarship awards for graduate students.

The selection of candidates will take place twice a year, in time for the start of the academic year in August and January. Up to 5 new Scholarships will be given each year. Not all Scholarships will be awarded unless there are candidates of sufficient merit.

Incoming PhD candidates will have to indicate their interest in the Scholarship when they submit their application for admission.

Apart from the other supporting documents required for PhD admission, candidates interested in the Scholarship must also submit a personal essay and a record of co-curricular activities or community service. Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview either in Singapore or their home country.


Have graduated with an undergraduate degree with first class or second-upper (or equivalent); Be an incoming new PhD student not currently matriculated; At the time of award of the Scholarship, must have been offered admission as a candidate for a full-time higher degree by research at NUS and; Students must be eligible for MOE Subsidy.


A monthly stipend of S$3,500; Tuition and Miscellaneous Student Fees at NUS; An annual book allowance of S$500; A one-off air travel allowance of 2 return tickets of up to S$3,000 (only for overseas students subject to a maximum of S$2,000 per return ticket on economy class and 20 kg baggage per trip); and A one-off laptop allowance of S$1,500.

*All airfare claims must be made within 1 month from date of travel. Please attach original receipt(s) with the relevant completed form and submit it to Registrar's Office.

The Turkish state offers support for studying in Turkey at all levels of study. It is possible to apply:

  • Undergraduate Scholarship Program
  • Graduate Scholarship Program
  • Art Scholarship Program
  • Merit Scholarship Program

For the successful candidate, the scholarships provide university and department placement; monthly stipend; tuition fee, Turkish language course (1 year), accommodation, health insurance, and once-off flight ticket (at the beginning of education and when graduating). For more information, please visit this website

Fellowships and support for research and developing study programmes

To deepen understanding of Japan in other countries and maintain good relations between Japan and other countries, the Japan Foundation supports the development of Japanese studies globally. Read more about support mechanisms from their webpage.

The KF Field Research program is designed to support doctorate-level students and prominent scholars in Korean Studies for their field research in Korea.

  • Eligibility : Doctoral candidate, professors and researchers conducting research on Korea in the field of humanities or social sciences
  • Number of Awardees : Around 30 per year
  • Fellowship Period : 1 - 12 months
  • Program Support : monthly stipend(2 – 3 million KRW), round-trip airfare, traveler’s insurance

The Research Scholarship Program is a program designed to encourage international researchers and academicians to cooperate with Turkish academicians in the most prestigious universities of Türkiye.

PhD holders or PhD candidates at the dissertation stage may also apply to this program. The Research Scholarship Program only covers monthly stipend. Applications for the Research Scholarship Program are open throughout the year. Assessment and admissions are made in four different periods. For more information, please visit this webpage

In the framework of the “Taiwan Studies Programme” agreement between Ghent University, Groningen University, the Georg-August Universität Göttingen, the University of Tartu, and the Department of International and Cross-Strait Education (DICE), MoE, Taiwan (2022-2026), a scholarship of Euro 4,383 (four thousand, three hundred and eighty-three Euro) for fieldwork in Taiwan is available. This scholarship regards a round-trip flight between Europe and Taiwan, as well as travel and lodging costs in Taiwan.

Candidates should be enrolled in the PhD programme of either Ghent University, Groningen University, the Georg-August Universität Göttingen, or the University of Tartu. The fieldwork for which the scholarship is applied for, should start prior to 30 September 2023. The successful candidate is requested to mention the award of this scholarship on all publications resulting from this fieldwork.

The Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) Program established by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education (MOE) and implemented by the Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium is to encourage students and individuals to undertake Mandarin Chinese language study at a university- or college-affiliated Mandarin training center in Taiwan. This program also aims to:

  • Help scholarship recipients acquire a better command of Mandarin Chinese, and hence a greater understanding and appreciation of Taiwan’s culture;
  • Promote friendship between people in Taiwan and in countries around the world; and
  • Generate opportunities to increase exchange with international educational institutions.

Quotas, Value and Duration:

  • 6 months of language scholarships: A monthly stipend of NT$ 25,000 (Exchange rate 26/9/2022: 1 euro = 30,8 NT$) over the course of 3 months or 6 months during the period from September 1st, 2023 through August 31st, 2024. 
  • Please note that a 2-month scholarship is also possible, but only for a summer course taking place in June-July or July-August, 2023.

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