Dora Plus Programme



The overall objective of Dora Plus is to make Estonia more notable and attractive as a place for studying and research, and the education provided by higher education institutions internationally more competitive. Its sub-objectives are to:

  • improve the awareness of[1] young researchers and Master’s degree students of various teaching and research practices, and their involvement in international cooperation projects (Action 1);
  • increase the proportion of foreign Master’s degree and doctoral students in Estonian higher education institutions (Actions 2 & 4);
  • raise the efficiency of doctoral studies (Actions 1 & 2);
  • improve the capacity of higher education institutions to include foreign students (Actions 2-4);
  • raise the demand for foreign students on the Estonian labour market, and thus support the development of higher education and the economy; and
  • strengthen the compliance of doctoral studies in Estonian universities with the principles of innovative doctoral studies (Actions 1-4).

[1] Young researchers are students matriculated to the doctoral study level; resident physicians, researchers or lecturers who are no older than 35 or who defended their PhD thesis no more than five years previously. The age limit does not apply to students. Those who have been on parental leave have the chance to extend the limits proportionally.

Dora Plus includes four sub-actions.

Action 1: Participation of young researchers and Master’s degree students in the international exchange of knowledge

In the framework of this action, support is provided for the short-term study mobility of young researchers and Master’s degree students to foreign countries. Young researchers and Master’s students in Estonia’s higher education institutions have the opportunity to participate in a professional conference, seminar, course or other professional activity abroad by means of the support.

Action 2: Inclusion of foreign Master’s students and doctoral students

Within the framework of this action, Estonian universities offer support to foreign Master’s students and doctoral students who study full-time and guest doctoral students who are in Estonia for a short period of time.

Action 3: Organisation of summer and winter schools

Within the framework of this action, specialised, intensive, short-term courses at universities in Estonia are organised primarily for foreign students.

Action 4: Marketing of study and employment opportunities in Estonia 

Within the framework of this action, activities are carried out that are related to marketing Estonia’s study and employment opportunities in foreign countries, and offering information to exchange students in Estonia.

Supporting the internationalisation of higher education, mobility and the next generation, Dora Plus will be implemented within the framework of priority direction no. 4 ‘Incremental entrepreneurship and internationally competitive research and development activities’ of the measure ‘Enhancement of the international competitiveness of Estonian R&D and participation in pan-European research initiatives’. The implementer of the activity is the agency of education internationalisation at the Archimedes Foundation; Estonian higher education institutions are involved in the activity as partners.

Dora Plus will run from 1 August 2015 to 31 May 2023 with an operational budget of 22,567,790 euros, of which support from the European Regional Development Fund forms 87.29%.

The activities support the fulfilment of the objectives of the Estonian Lifelong Learning Strategy 2020 higher education programme, Estonian research and development activities, the ‘Knowledge-based Estonia’ innovation strategy 2014-2020 and the ‘Estonia 2020’ competitiveness plan.

Dora Plus travel journal of using a passanger car

Additional information:

Raul Ranne

Head of Higher Education Office

Telephone: +372 698 9232