Scholarship for students with special needs
The purpose of the Scholarship for students with special needs is to support students with special needs in acquiring higher education.
Students in professional higher education, Bachelor’s study, Master’s study, integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s study, and Doctoral study are eligible to apply for the Scholarship if they meet the following conditions:
1) the student is an Estonian citizen or staying in Estonia on the basis of a long-term residence or temporary residence permit or a permanent or temporary right of residence or a visa or on a visa-free basis if visa waiver agreement has been concluded with a foreign country or the visa requirement has been waived for foreign nationals, and they have applied for a temporary residence permit for study purposes;
2) they are studying full-time or part-time (including those on academic leave who attend study);
3) they have special needs.
The amount of the Scholarship for students with special needs is:
1) EUR 510/month for a student with a hearing loss which corresponds to a profound or severe disability;
2) EUR 148/month for a student with a mobility or visual impairment which corresponds to a profound or severe disability,
3) EUR 80/month for a student with a profound or severe disability other than those mentioned in clauses 1) and 2);
4) EUR 325/month for a student with a hearing disability which corresponds to a moderate disability;
5) EUR 68/month for a student with a mobility or visual impairment which corresponds to a moderate disability,
6) EUR 60/month for a student with a moderate disability other than those mentioned in clauses 4) and 5).
The Scholarship for students with special needs can also be applied for and received during academic leave (in case the student attends study) and in part-time studies. In such case, the amount of the Scholarship depends on the subject registrations made at the beginning of the semester. A student in part-time studies receives the Scholarship for students with special needs during up for twice the nominal duration of the curriculum. The student can apply for the Scholarship once per academic year. The student is eligible to apply for the Scholarship from the first semester of their matriculation year. Deadlines for applying for the Scholarship are 23rd of September (applying for the full academic year) and 20th of February (applying for the spring semester).
If the student submits an application in the September application round, they will no longer be able to apply in the February application round, even if the Scholarship submitted for in the September application round is paid for less than 10 months. If the application is submitted in the February application round, the Scholarship will be awarded up to the end of the current academic year (up to 5 months). It is impossible to apply for the Scholarship again in the spring semester even if the Scholarship has been applied for less than ten months in the autumn.
Since the 1st of August 2020 the processing of Scholarship applications moved to Education and Youth Authority. To apply for the Scholarship, the student must still submit the following documents to the electronic environment on the webpage of Archimedes Foundation Education Agency:
1) a formal application;
2) a statement of registration to subjects for students on academic leave or in part-time study.
Before applying please read the full Guidelines which can be found in the electronic environment.
For determining the degree of severity of disability in Estonia, a person has to submit a standard application for examination to Social Insurance Board.