The amount of the support

The amount of the Kristjan Jaak scholarship is calculated using the support rate tables. The support consists of a subsistence allowance (a fixed amount for every month), and up to double of the travel allowance (two round trips per year). The grant is exempt from income tax.

  • Subsistence allowance

Subsistence allowance depends on the length of the studies and the cost of living in the country of destination. The allowance covers all the additional costs associated with studies abroad (including accommodation, study materials, local transportation, visas, etc.) with the exception of the travel  that will be covered on the basis of separate rates of the travel allowance.

  • The amount of the travel allowance depends on the distance between the points of departure and destination of the student mobility. The distance is calculated using only the web-based calculator developed by the European Commission: [1]

[1] If the calculated distance falls in the range of 499-500 km, 1999 to 2000 km, etc., the result obtained shall be rounded to a whole number prior to the determination of the unit price.

  • The travel allowance is reimbursable on the basis of standardized unit prices including travel-related costs, which also include transport to the airport and from the airport to the destination.
  • If foreign studies are conducted in two parts, or if during the foreign studies, short-term interim return to Estonia is justified, it is possible to apply for the double travel allowance. In this case, the reasons must be given in a separate application.
  • If the distance between the point of departure and the point of destination is up to 99.99 km, the costs are reimbursed on the basis of cost documents to the extent of up to EUR 180.
  • If the distance between the point of departure and the point of destination is 100.00 km or more, the costs are reimbursed on the basis of standardized unit prices according to  the rates set out in the following table:

Distance from city to city (one direction)[1]

Allowance for a round trip (from the point of departure to the point of destination and back)


100- 499 km

EUR 180


500- 1999 km

EUR 275


2000- 2999 km

EUR 360


3000 – 3999 km

EUR 530


4000 – 7999 km

EUR 820


8000 or more km

EUR 1100

[1] For example, if the point of departure of the student mobility is Tartu and the point of destination is Uppsala, the distance between these two cities, on the basis of the calculator of the European Commission, is 543.47 km, which falls in the range of 500-1999 km. On the route Tartu-Uppsala-Tartu, the travel allowance is EUR 275 euros.

Use of private cars is only allowed if it  is agreed upon in advance and if the report is accompanied by the fuel receipts evidencing the journey.

For example: When using a private car for travel to Riga, the entire travel route must be evidenced by fuel receipts, starting with the departure from Estonia (e.g., a receipt from Tallinn, Tartu, and Valga), from the middle of the route and from  the destination (from Riga). A similar procedure must be followed on the return journey, and the receipts must be taken when starting the trip from Riga, in the middle of the trip and arriving in Estonia (from Tallinn, Tartu or Valga).

  • Covering of the educational expenses

Covering of the educational expenses can be applied for only when it is not possible to study at the foreign university for free. To this end, it is necessary to submit a relevant statement under which it is possible to apply for additional coverage for the educational expenses for studying at the foreign university (laboratory costs, tuition fees, etc.). If the student is not accepted in a free study place due to their study results, the educational expenses will not be covered.

The coverage of the educational expenses  is based on the invoice issued in the name of the Archimedes Foundation by the host university, indicating the data of the student and the academic year for which the tuition fee invoice has been issued. The invoice shall be submitted to the Foundation, and the Foundation will pay the tuition fee directly to the foreign university or research institution. Additional educational expenses will only be covered if the student has indicated the amount of the educational expenses, the coverage of which he or she is applying for on the application form. If the tuition fee for one academic year exceeds 15,000 euros, the applicant must include in the application an assessment of the appropriateness of the amount of the tuition fee obtained  by an expert in the field.

The educational expenses will be covered to the extent determined by the decision of the Scholarship Council. The Scholarship Council has the right to reject the application for covering the additional costs, or satisfy it in part.
The recipient of the support must attend a foreign university the entire  period of payment of the support (except for the winter and spring breaks).

The support determined by the Scholarship Council cannot be increased.

The amounts of support indicated in the application may be adjusted in the application system if the amount of support calculated by the applicant is different from the amount calculated on the basis of standardized unit prices.