The obligation for commencement of work in Estonia

The obligation for the commencement of work in Estonia associated with the Kristjan Jaak scholarship for doctoral studies abroad, and fulfillment thereof.

The persons receiving the Kristjan Jaak scholarship for doctoral studies abroad must, within at least 60 days after the graduation from the institution of higher education, (from obtaining the degree) start searching for employment in Estonia in order to find a suitable position in an Estonian institution of higher education, public or private institution (hereinafter the institution) according to their specialty and qualification.
The following shall be deemed as fulfilling the obligation of employment in Estonia after receipt of the scholarship and graduation from an institution of higher education:

  • working in an academic position or applying for an academic position in any Estonian institution of higher education (as a lecturer or a researcher, including in positions which do not require a doctoral degree), regardless of the nature of the employment relationship,
  • working in institutions of the public or private sector in positions requiring a doctoral degree.

As the length of work pursuant to the scholarship agreement is 3 years, applying for positions must be certified to the Foundation within three years. Despite the fact that in the first year, applications for employment may not prove successful, applying for positions must also be certified in the following years, and this has to be done until the end of the three-year period. To that end, an overview of either commencement of employment, application for employment or unsuccessful application for employment complete with documentary evidence must be submitted to the Foundation. The documentary evidence must be submitted no later than 1 February each year.

The deadline for commencement of employment in Estonia can be extended if the recipient of the scholarship completes  post-doctoral studies abroad.

 

The following is to clarify which documentary evidence  to submit in which  case.

1)  If the scholarship recipient has commenced employment in Estonia, confirmation of the institution of the employment or a copy of the contract of employment must be submitted to the Foundation within 90 days after commencement of employment, and the Foundation must be informed of any change of the employment relationship if it occurs within 3 years from the commencement of employment. The confirmation issued by an institution of higher education or any other institution must contain:

  • The deadline for the contract of employment or an indication that the contract is of indefinite duration;
  • Confirmation that the position corresponds to the qualifications of the scholarship recipient (the position held at an institution of higher education is an academic position or the position in the institution requires a doctoral degree).

If the scholarship recipient has applied, after the graduation from a foreign university, for a position corresponding to their specialty and qualification and has been elected, they must work in the position for one election period or if the employment contract has been concluded for an indefinite period, for at least 3 years.

The scholarship recipients who have concluded tripartite agreements must provide written confirmation of their employment by the university that is  the third party of their scholarship agreement.

2)  If no competitions have taken place  corresponding to the specialty and the qualifications of the scholarship recipient, the scholarship recipient must each year for three years after graduation from the institution of higher education submit to the Foundation an overview of the Estonian institutions of higher education engaged in teaching the specialty corresponding to the qualifications of the scholarship recipient and obtain a letter of confirmation from the respective departments (or the personnel department) of the institutions of higher education stating that no relevant competitions have taken place.

3)  If the scholarship recipient has applied for a position, but the application process has not proven to be successful, he or she must, each year for three years after graduation from the institution of higher education, submit to the Foundation a confirmation of the respective department of the institution of higher education or another institution stating that the student has applied for the position but was  not elected. The confirmation issued by an institution of higher education or another institution must also include the notion that the position the scholarship recipient applied for corresponds to his or her qualifications (the position in an institution of higher education belongs to the academic positions or the position in the institution requires a doctoral degree).

If the scholarship recipient fails to provide documentary evidence of  application for employment in Estonia  in a manner outlined above, the scholarships paid out to the scholarship recipient under the scholarship agreement shall be viewed as  a loan and the relevant clause of the scholarship agreement shall be applied to terminate the agreement.

4) Starting from the year 2016, scholarship recipients may, in exceptional cases,  replace the obligation of employment in Estonia with three years of  alternative activity bringing Estonia equivalent benefit. Upon agreement, the scholarship recipient shall submit to the Foundation a respective action plan, which shall be approved by the Foundation. Upon full compliance with the action plan, the scholarship agreement shall be deemed fulfilled.