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NB! COVID-19 and admission to doctoral studies in TalTech

Before applying to doctoral studies in TalTech, please be aware of the current situation regarding arrival to Estonia during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

In connection with the worldwide pandemic spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 causing COVID-19 disease, the Estonian Government has restricted the arrival of foreigners to Estonia by order of 1.06.2020.
Crossing of the state border for the purpose of entering Estonia is allowed for persons who have Estonian citizenship, Estonian residence permit or right of residence or whose permanent place of residence according to the population register is in Estonia.
As of 1 June, Estonia’s borders were reopened to people arriving from a Member State of the European Union or the Schengen Area, or from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Restrictions continue to apply to foreigners from outside the European Union, ie from third countries.

General information

The admission to doctoral study place is based on the competition to the research topics offered by the potential supervisors.
All supervisors offering the thesis topics meet the high standard requirements for supervising at TalTech and are able to provide additional financial assistance to the doctoral candidate throughout the nominal study period (4 years).

A decision on admission of a person is based on the rankings drawn up for each competition.
The ranking takes into account the applicant's academic skills, performance and motivation in accordance with the documents submitted for the competition, an interview made with only potential applicants and the supervisor's opinion.

The academic year starts normally from September and has two semesters – autumn and spring semester.

There are no tuition or academic fees in TalTech.
Full time PhD students receive the doctoral allowance 660 € per month during the nominal study period according to Study Allowances and Study Loans Act (Study Allowances and Study Loans Act).
Additionally, the doctoral student is eligible for the financial assistance (as minimum 440 eur per month in form of scholarship or salary).


In order to commence with doctoral studies, the applicant shall have a master´s degree or a corresponding qualifications and a previous research experience. 

You should have finished your previous studies significantly above average, and have a proven interest in the chosen research project.

All applicants must provide a proof of spoken and written English language proficiency at least in B2 level according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Application rounds for academic year 2020/2021

I application round

Submitting the application documents
June 1 - July 3, 2020

Deadline for interviews
July 30, 2020

Approval of candidates
July 31, 2020

August 28, 2020

II Application round

Submitting the application documents
September 1 - October 2, 2020

Deadline for interviews
October 29, 2020

Approval of candidates
October 30, 2020

November 10, 2020

III application round

Submitting the application documents
November 16 - December 16, 2020

Deadline for interviews
December 31, 2020

Approval of candidates
January 15, 2021

January 25, 2021

How to apply

The PhD thesis topics opened for admission are announced at the university´s official online admission system Glowbase.
One competition is announced for one doctoral thesis topic. You can apply for up to two doctoral thesis topics (position) within one PhD study programme (research filed). In total, you can choose doctoral thesis topics from up to two different study programmes.
You can submit the application and all required application documents only through the official admission system.

There are 9 PhD programmes at Tallinn University of Technology:

PhD thesis topics opened for admission can be found at
Under Research field select the suitable PhD programme and PhD positions offered in this programme are listed.

Register to create an account in admission online platform
Once you are registered, you will get a confirmation email to install your personal account.

You may only create one account, candidates with multiple active accounts will be disqualified.

  • Log in to start working on your application
  • Add your personal details
  • Select the PhD topics you wish to apply for, chosen from the list of topics you are interested in and ranked by your preference
  • Select the corresponding PhD programme(s) (research field). If you have chosen topics from the different research field, also the research fields must be ranked in order of your preference
  • Provide a motivation letter (no longer than two A4!), which should include a reason for choosing the specific doctoral thesis topic, your current academic and professional background, and how the topic relates to your previous education and (research)activities. Describe what motivates you and what you want to achieve as a result of your doctoral studies. A motivation letter should also answer the question what is the impact of doctoral studies on your future career, research and society at large.
    If you are applying for several topics, you must submit a separate motivation letter for each topic!

Upload the following documents as a standard process of admission:

  • Curriculum Vitae, incl data about education and research work
  • Copy of the identification page of the applicant's passport or other identification document
  • Proof of English language proficiency at least in B2 level according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Officially certified true copies of the qualification documents: 
    • the Bachelor diploma or a comparable qualification and an academic transcript in original language
    • the  Master's diploma or a comparable qualification and the  academic transcript  in original language
    • authorized  translation in English of Bachelor diploma and academic transcript, if not provided by the educational institution
    • authorized  translation in English of Master`s diploma and academic transcript, if not provided by the educational institution 

NB! Documents which are not in Estonian or English shall be accompanied by an English or Estonian translation certified by the issuer, sworn translator or notary. The documents must bear a seal, and a signature of an authorized official.

If the applicant is in the process of completing the last semester and has not received a diploma yet, the application can be submitted with the provisional certificate of the results from his/her university. The obtained diploma will be required as soon as available, but at latest before the date of the enrolment.

All uploaded documents must be of good quality copies and in PDF format no more than 1 MB per document. 
If you are uploading PDF files, try converting them with some of these online tools, for example:

  • Submit your application until July 3, 2020 at latest
  • Applications are only accepted via our online application platform
  • Application is complete only after submission of all the required documents; otherwise, the application will be disqyalified
  • Applicants who are not able to submit the required documents by the application deadline are encouraged to apply in the coming application rounds
  •  All feedback as well as a study offer will be given via the online application platform
  • As a process of official admission, we may require the officially certified qualification documents (diplomas and academic transcripts) to be sent to university as hard copies by post. Hard copies are required only from the candidates who have received a preliminary acceptance by the supervisor during the admission round. 
  • IMPORTANT! Education documents should be sent only upon a request by the PhD  Admission officer.  
sending documents