Information on completing the application and correspondence with ESF

Estonian Language and Cultural Immersion Program - Program for Estonian students raised and educated outside Estonia

Posting deadline
15. February 2019

General directions


  • Applications and accompanying documents must be sent by regular mail, or if mailed outside the USA, with airmail. Do not send letters/packages registered, with Fed Ex or other mailing alternatives.
  • All other correspondance with ESF is with email (
  • The Scholarship is aimed mainly toward second year or higher level students who are studying full time in accredited university .
  • Scholarship application must be postmarked no later than February 15. 2019. Applications postmarked with a later date will not be accepted.
  • Only one Estonian Language and Cultural Immersion scholarship application per student can be submitted per year.
  • From February 16th on one can not fill in the online application form.
  • Printed and signed Application together with two reccommendation letters, essey, transcrip and diploma must be mailed together in one envelop to the ESF in USA.
  • Applications, which are incomplete or missing required documents, will not be considered.
  • Candidates raised and educated outside Estonia may write in English.
  • Candidates will be notified of the scholarship committee's decision by email in May 2019. The maximum stipend for the    2019/2020 academic year is $6,000.
  • Scholarship moneys are distributed in September. Scholarship recipients must send ESF proof of registration or matriculation as a student in their selected school or program by the end of September or the stipend will be forfeited.


Transcript and Diplomas

  • Enclose an official transcript from your present school which includes the grades from the previous Fall semester and your GPA
  • Please highlight the GPA. If the GPA is not available, please calculate it and attach to your transcript.
  • If Fall semester grades are not available, a letter from your advisor explaining your achievements and class ranking will be accepted. The letter must be written on official school letterhead and include the writer's name, title, address, telephone number and email address.
  • First year students in college should include an official high school/ gymnasium transcript and copy of the HS diploma.
  • Masters and Doctoral students should include official transcripts and copies of previously earned Diplomas.


  • Include a one page personal essy describing an important and/or life-changing event, facts or other topic not presented in the application. For example:
    • An event which significantly influenced your life.
    • What inspired you toward your field of study?
    • What does being an Estonian mean to you?
  • Applicants born and raised outside Estonia may write the essay in English. 

Planned budget

  • The budget must be realistic and within the range of the requested scholarship.
  • All calculations should be presented in US dollars and in line with the current exchange rate.



  • Submit two recommendations – one academic and one personal. Typed, not handwritten. The recommendation must be placed in a separate envelope, which should be sealed with the author signature across the seal.
  • Academic recommendation must include the institution’s, the author’s name, address, position, telephone number and email address. It must be current and speak to the candidate’s academic or professional accomplishments during the past year.
  • Personal recommendation may be written by former teachers, workplace supervisors, organization officers, or religious leaders but not family members, relatives or personal friends.
  • Both recommendation letters must be current (you must have interacted with the recommender within the last 2 years) and demonstrate knowledge about and speak to the candidate’s accomplishments and character. It must include the writers name, address, position, telephone number and email address.