Estonia Education Scholarships
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Estonia is an Easatern European country which sits on the western-most border of Russia, just south of Finland. This country suffered from guerrilla warfare while under the rule of Russia, but since becoming an independent country in 1991 has seen an economic boom- in part due to an influence from Finland’s contemporary influence.
The capital city of Tallinn is filled with relics that are centuries old. This mix with various multinational companies makes for a remarkable society where the old and new collide.
The David L. Boren Scholarship program provides a unique opportunity to study abroad. It allows students to learn a less-commonly taught language in other nations critical to U.S. interests. Their language study program places students in the heart of a foreign culture, forcing them to learn the language while actively engaging in the culture. These scholarships provide students up to $20,000 to study for an academic year. In repayment, you must agree to work in a national security area for the U.S. government utilizing the skills acquired while studying abroad upon graduation.
The International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) is an international organization which designs programs to promote learning across borders aimed at making the world a better place through various areas. Their programs focus on strengthening civil societies, conflict resolution, education, gender equality, and media development. The main goal of this program is to give community leaders the skill necessary to confront tough economic, political, and social changes in their areas. They provide post-doctoral students and professionals with short-term travel grants to conduct their own research in Eastern Europe and Eurasian countries. This particular program helps strengthen U.S. foreign policy through their research on regional issues.
The Alexander Dubcek Fund at the University of Minnesota is an exchange program between the University of Minnesota and Eastern European countries. It is named after Alexander Dubecek who was Slovak politician and political leader of Czechoslovakia in the late 1960s. It provides generous scholarships to students, faculty and Eastern European students and scholars. Funding is available under the following circumstances:
- Undergraduate and graduate students with a purpose for study in Estonia or another Eastern European country are encouraged to apply for up to $2,000 for their trip abroad. Likewise students from Estonia may qualify for this money as long as their projects are applicable to on site studies in the States.
- Faculty may be qualified to receive up to $3,000 to visit Estonia for research or scholarly collaboration. Estonian university faculty may apply as well, to help fund their research at UMN.
The Fulbright Educational Exchange Program is the leading international educational exchange program created to promote understanding between the United States and other countries. They provide merit-based grants for students, teachers, and professionals. Their student program allows you to study or conduct research abroad for an academic year. Specifically for Estonia, they award 10-month grants to carry out independent research. Their Scholar-in-Residence program sends scholars and professionals to a foreign country mainly to teach undergraduate courses while also serving their local community. Estonia is specifically geared for those applicants with interests in politics and economics, or arts and culture.