The research module of the Welcoming Programme is designed first and foremost for researchers, lecturers, PhD students, but it´s also open to all other new arrivals who are interested in topics related to the Estonian research and higher education system. The main purpose of the research module is to support your adaptation and settling in in Estonia by providing necessary knowledge and thorough overview on research and higher education system in Estonia.


The research module covers all the necessary topics that are useful to know for all new arrivals who have migrated to Estonia in order to engage in research or want to do so.

The module provides a thorough overview of the following topics:

  • Estonian research institutions and their functions;
  • various academic networks and organisations;
  • research funding schemes in Estonia;
  • teaching practices applied at Estonian universities, etc.

You will also be provided with all necessary legal information on the right of residence and requirements for granting or acquiring and extending residence permits for research migration. 


Upon completion of the research module, you will be: 

  • familiar with the organisation of the research and higher education system in Estonia;
  • informed about research funding opportunities;
  • informed on the complementary public and support services offered to new arrivals settling in Estonia;
  • aware of the legal information related to mobility type, incl. the terms and conditions of the grant, acquisition or extension of residence permits and right of residence;
  • familiar with teaching practices, course structure and grading system, etc.

Structure of the training course

The duration of the research module is one and a half days. The training days include 8 hours educational (practical tasks, group work, discussions) and up to 3 hours of interactive activities, e.g. a tour of a research institution or meeting with an Estonian researcher. During the training, you are encouraged to ask questions and share your experiences with other participants and instructors. 

At the end of the training session you will be given a detailed handbook on the topics discussed in the module.

Participation in both days is obligatory. Organisers will provide tea, coffee and snacks. 

Upon completion of the training, you will receive a digital or, upon request, a hard copy certificate confirming that you have completed the training. 

For further information on the module please contact us at

Last modified: Thursday, 15 September 2016, 2:54 PM