Doctoral schools

The general purpose of doctoral schools is to enhance the competitiveness of research in Estonia through interdisciplinary doctoral schools that focus on increasing efficiency of doctoral studies for example by improving the quality of tutoring doctoral candidates by international and national cooperation.

Doctoral schools support:

  • winter and summer schools;
  • interdisciplinary research projects of doctoral candidates;
  • developing curricula in order to improvie the quality of tutoring and teaching doctoral candidates;
  • promoting co-operation between the private and public sectors;
  • activities related to promoting research in general and doctoral schools in particular;
  • developing interdisciplinary scientific Estonian language and research terminology in Estonian;
  • facilitating the mobility of doctoral candidates;
  • talented young scholars who have interrupted their doctoral studies to return and complete their studies.

In the period of 2009-2015, Estonian universities under public law launched 13 doctoral schools. Compared with the previous period, the newly established doctoral schools have greater coverage in terms of research subjects, providing doctoral studies in nearly all fields of research (apart from law and social services). The wide coverage of doctoral studies by doctoral schools is made possible through co-operation between universities and joint planning.

A doctoral school is run by an Estonian university in cooperation with a partner/partners: other Estonian and foreign universities, R&D organisations, public sector institutions and companies. National and international co-operation is required. Doctoral schools are project-based and funded from the European Social Fund. 16.9 million euros were allocated to doctoral schools in 2009-2015 (plus 5% self-financing).


Last updated: 7 February 2017