Estonia is a small Northern European country that has embraced new technologies and has seen tremendous development since regaining independence in 1991. The country may be best known as the birthplace of Skype, but since then many other start-ups founded here have gone global like Taxify, Transferwise, and Pipedrive. Estonia’s vibrant and innovative start-up culture is part of the reason it ranks among the most wired and technologically advanced countries in the world and is a leader in promoting Internet freedom. Most recently, Estonia has become a leader in providing e-government services, online voting and is now even offering e-residency.
The capital city, Tallinn, has been selected five times over the last 12 years as one the world’s most intelligent communities, and in 2011, it was the European Capital of Culture. Tallinn’s medieval Old Town is brimming with charm and is full of restaurants, cafes, and cultural activities. Estonia’s belief in free speech contributes to its high freedom of press rankings. In 2019, Reporters Without Borders put the country 11th in its World Press Freedom index, while Freedom House gave it a score of 16 out of 16 in its Freedom of Expression Rankings.
Estonia has six public universities--all of which are home and host institutions to Fulbright participants. Interesting insight into Estonia is provided in this online magazine, while information about Estonian culture can be found here. You can read about the experience of one 2018-2019 U.S Scholar in Narva, Estonia here.
The academic year runs from September through June with January and June usually being reserved for examinations; there is also a two-week winter holiday. Teaching is in English and opportunities exist for research, especially in collaboration with Estonian scholars. Applicants should contact Fulbright staff for information about individual awards before applying.
English language education for dependents is available in Estonia. In recent years, the Fulbright Program has been unable to provide tuition assistance for English language private schools.
For further information, contact Cultural/Educational Assistant Jane Susi (SusiJ@state.gov) at the U.S. Embassy in Estonia.