Returning researcher grant

What do we support?
What is the objective of the grant?
What is the grant amount?
How long is the grant period?
Documents and results
Additional resources

There will be no application round in 2024!

What do we support?

We support the return to Estonia of researchers – Estonian citizens or current/former Estonian residents – who have been working outside Estonia. The prerequisites are postdoctoral fellowship or an equivalent level of research completed abroad.

What is the objective of the grant?

The grant is provided with the aim of balancing and encouraging brain circulation through returning researcher grants.

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 work, to facilitate the application of knowledge and experience acquired abroad in Estonia. In addition to balancing emigration, we contribute to ensuring the future growth of researchers and engineers.

What is the amount of the grant?

The grant amount for the 2023 call was 72 000 €/per year, regardless of the field of research.

The salary fund and mobility allowance include any taxes laid down in Estonian legislation.

How long is the grant period?

The minimum grant period was 12 months, and the maximum period 24 months.

Implementation of the returning researcher project commenced December 1, 2023. The grant period commenced on the date specified in the grant agreement.

Additional resources

Guidelines for Completing Your Ethics Self-Assessment for Grant Application
The Nagoya Protocol
The recommended form for the data management plan
Technology Readiness Levels (TRL)
TRL descriptions adapted for Social sciences, and Humanities and Arts
Guidelines regarding bibliometric background information


Margus Harak, PhD
Senior Adviser of the Mobilitas 3.0 Programme
+372 731 7343