The calls for incoming postdoctoral fellows and returning researchers open on 1 January 2021

The Estonian Research Council (ETAG) offers grants for postdoctoral researchers and researchers who have been abroad for several years to carry out their research project in Estonian R&D institutions, companies or higher education institutions. The call for these mobility grants will be open from 1 January to 3 February 2021 at 17.00 (EET).

The postdoctoral grant is aimed at the researchers who have obtained their doctoral degree abroad no more than five years prior to 1 January 2021. The returning researcher grant is for the researchers who have carried out their postdoctoral research project abroad and wish to return to Estonia.

The grant amount for experimental project is €4,500 per month and for non-experimental project €4,250 per month. The researchers can apply for additional relocation allowance if they have not lived, worked or studied 6 months immediately prior to the closing date of the call in Estonia. The relocation allowance is €4,000 for projects lasting under two years and €5,500 for projects lasting for two years. The grant period is 12-24 months.

Grants can be applied for via the Estonian Research Information System ( The results of the call will be announced in June 2021 at the latest. The projects must start 1 December 2021 at the latest and the researcher has to work full-time for the host institution.

In the 2021 call, approximately 20 grants will be given for postdoctoral researchers and returning researchers combined.

More information:
Postdoctoral researcher grant
Returning researcher grant

Tiina Loit-Oidsalu, Senior Adviser; +372 731 7359;