DoRa Plus

The aim of “DoRa Plus”, a programme that supports a more international higher education, mobility and growth, is to make Estonia a renowned and attractive place to study and conduct research as well as helping its university education compete on the international stage.

Sub-aims include:

  • publicising various study and research opportunities among young researchers and master’s students and increase their participation in international cooperative projects
  • increasing the number of foreign master’s and doctoral students in Estonian universities
  • making doctoral studies more effective
  • improving the efficiency of universities and the inclusion of foreign students
  • increasing the demand for foreign students in the Estonian labour market, and therefore, support the development of university education and the economy
  • strengthening the level of doctoral studies in Estonian universities in accordance with innovative doctoral principles

“DoRa Plus” is open from 01.08.2015 to 31.05.2023 with a budget of 22,567,790€, of which support from the European Regional Development Fund comprises 87.29%.

The activity supports achieving the aims set by the Estonian Lifelong Learning Strategy 2020 higher education programme, the Estonian Research and Development and Innovation Strategy 2014–2020 “Knowledge-Based Estonia” and the National Reform Programme “Estonia 2020”. The programme is implemented by the Estonian Education and Youth Authority in partnership with the Estonian universities.

EAMT master’s students, doctoral students, young researchers and lecturers can apply for the following grants via the “DoRa Plus” programme:

Action 1.1 “Short time study visits”: grants to participate in a professional conference, seminar or course, or carry out other educational and research-related activities (e.g. working in libraries, using laboratories, developing study materials, working with a supervisor, participating in field work, consultations or other similar tasks) for up to 30 calendar days. The size of the grant consists of a transport allowance based on unit prices; study mobility accommodation allowance; daily allowance and the participation fees will be covered based on cost. The maximum size of the grant is 2000€ for one activity independent of its duration or location.

Read more: Short study visits.

NB! Starting from October 2020, there is a possibility to cover the participation fee of virtual events provided that:

  • a particular event was supposed to take place abroad, but is now instead taking place virtually due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The participation fees of the events that take place virtually on regular basis (have never been organized physically) cannot be covered;
  • the applicant is participating actively, meaning, s/he has a presentation, takes part in or leads a discussion group, or his/her paper has been published in conference proceedings. The active participation requires a confirmation letter from the event organizers after on.

The application form can be downloaded here.

Applications can be sent electronically to the programme coordinator by the 5th of each month (except 5 July), taking into account that the mobility should start 6 weeks after the 10th of the month of application.

Action 1.2 “PhD student mobility”: support for EAMT doctoral student mobility in foreign universities or research facilities for the purposes of study, training or participation in non-formal or formal education. The grant can be applied for more than once during the nominal study period, taking into account that the minimum mobility period is 31 calendar days and the grant can be awarded for a maximum of 10 months according to the quota allocated by EAMT.

Applications can be made for a grant to cover the travel, accommodation and living expenses related to the mobility.

Read more: PhD student mobility.

The application form can be downloaded here.

Applications can be sent electronically to the coordinator 5 times a year: 23 February, 25 May, 25 August, 24 September and 24 November.