|Study location||Estonia, Tallinn|
|Application fee||€100 one-time|
Postgraduate diploma (or higher)
Doctoral Level (PhD) applicants must have a research MA Degree or corresponding qualifications and experience.
At least 60% of the possible results is expected.
Please see a list of required documents documents here: www.tlu.ee/en/phd
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Estonian.
All academic documents (diploma, transcript) need to be certified by a public notary or issuing university. If the document is not in English or Estonian it also needs to be officially translated.
All required documents must be uploaded with the application by the application deadline. Please do not send your documents by post until you have personally been asked to do so. Please also read the country-specific requirements (www.tlu.ee/en/country-specific-requirements). There may be specific requirements for which documents need to be uploaded.
Once you have been asked to send your documents by post, please make sure that the copies of education documents have been officially certified (www.tlu.ee/certified-copies-and-translations-educational-documents).
The address for sending your documents is:
Please read about the application procedure here: www.tlu.ee/en/application-procedure
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) academic: 7.0
Tallinn University only accepts English language test scores which have been taken no more than 2 years before the beginning of studies.
More information about language proficiency requirements is available at
In 2020, there will be admitted:
three PhD student to conduct research in Translating Memories: The Eastern European Past in the Global Arena;
one PhD student to conduct research in Landscape approach to rurbanity;
one PhD student to conduct research in Digital Humanities
non-project related proposals are also welcome.
More information about project positions is available at www.tlu.ee/en/ht/studies-cultures#projects
Before the final submission on the application database the candidates are recommended to submit the following documents for preview. The documents are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org:
1) A research proposal accepted by the prospective supervisor (length approx. 3 pages / 1500 words without the list of sources), which contains at least the following components:The topic of the research project; The objectives of the research and main research question(s); Overview of methods to be used and/or of main terminology; The overview of the state of the art of the topic; Overview what topic related research the candidate has done prior to the application; Overview of the contents of the intended research; Prognosis on the possible primary results of the research; Primary list of the sources and literature to be used in the research; The project candidates must also clarify how their topic is related to the project and what activities they will carry out as part of it.
2) A one page description of candidate’s teaching experience so far and a vision of the possible teaching assignments to be conducted during the PhD studies at Tallinn University. It is highly recommended to find, in collaboration with the prospective supervisor, some links with the present courses and study programmes taught at Tallinn University.
3) CV (including a list of candidate’s publications)
During the application period (11 May – 01 July) the candidates should upload into DreamApply:
1) The research proposal that has been expanded and enhanced in cooperation with the prospective supervisor (length approx. 5 pages / 2500 words without the list of sources), which contains at least the following components:The topic of the research project; The objectives of the research and main research question(s); Overview of methods to be used and/or of main terminology; The overview of the state of the art of the topic; Overview what topic related research the candidate has done prior to application; Overview of the contents of the intended research; Prognosis on the possible primary results of the research; Primary list of the sources and literature to be used in the research; The timeline-schedule of the research (incl. information on research to be conducted abroad, like Erasmus visits to other universities, visiting libraries and archives abroad etc.).
If the research contains fieldwork: the description of the scope, length, and financing (both the projected budget and sources of financing).
The project candidates must also clarify how their topic is related to the project and what activities they will carry out as part of it. For non-project related topics clarification why this research should specifically be carried out at Tallinn University School of Humanities.
2) Expanded vision of the teaching assignments to be carried out during the PhD studies (max. 2 pages). It should give information on courses or course components to be taught, the role of the PhD candidate, and should be accepted by the prospective supervisor. (During the four years of PhD studies the students are expected to assist at least in three courses or seminars and to teach or co-teach at least one course / seminar).
3) CV (including a list of candidate’s publications)
Please note that your application will not be processed before your thesis plan (research proposal) confirmed by your prospective supervisor has been uploaded.
MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH THE APPLICATION ON THE ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Copy of a Bachelor’s degree certificate or certificate of a corresponding qualification + Transcript of Records/Academic Transcript (official translations are requested if the documents are not in English);
Copy of a Master’s degree certificate or certificate of a corresponding qualification + Transcript of Records (official translations are requested if the documents are not in English);
Copy of the identification page of passport;
Proof of English language Proficiency;
Thesis proposal signed by the prospective supervisor;
Copy of a Sworn Affidavit to Confirmation of Name if the applicant’s name stated in his/her passport differs from the name on any of the other required documents;
Applicants applying for adjustments to be made during the admission exams due to his/her physical or psycho-social special need must submit a copy of medical proof of this special need.
Please also read the country-specific requirements. There may be specific requirements of which documents need to be uploaded.
Applicants will be given feedback in the online application system after the required documents have been submitted online and the application fee has been received. It is advised to submit the application and pay the application fee as soon as possible so as to have the chance to upload missing documents based on feedback by the Admission Specialists before the admission deadline.
Specific requirements for Non-EU applicants:
Please also see the country specific requirements: www.tlu.ee/en/country-specific-requirements
Country specific requirements may not apply to all countries, please see if Your country is on the list.
The study programme is aimed at all people who are interested in
- Cultural Theory,
- Estonian Literature and Culture,
- English Literature and Culture,
- German Literature and Culture, Romance Studies,
- Russian Literature and Culture,
- Middle Eastern and Asian Literatures and Cultures,
- Cultural Geography,
- Social and Cultural Anthropology.
We are looking for PhD students who wish to pursue academic research in the areas mentioned above and be supervised by our experts in these fields.
We encourage our PhD students to approach their research topics from an interdisciplinary angle and combine comparative literature, theoretical and practical approaches to the mechanisms of culture and other methodological and research approaches. During their studies the students achieve an in-depth knowledge of contemporary approaches in the humanities and in cultural theory.
Postgraduate destinations: www.tlu.ee/en/school-of-humanities/studies-cultures