Wednesday, 13 November 2019 / Published in News

November 4-9, 2019 we had the pleasure to host yet another UA delegation in Tallinn. The week was intense – Ukrainians had the possibility to hear about Estonia´s foreign policy priorities, cyber diplomacy and cyber security, digital government and ICT, Estonia´s decentralisation reform, current challenges of Europe, digital and public diplomacy, Estonia´s way towards EU and nation building, EU neighbourhood policy, and small states in IR. The week ended with a panel discussion on “Geopolitics in Europe – Future of Ukraine?”. Thank you very much Riigikogu, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Defence, e-Estonia, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership, Embassy of Ukraine, European Commission Representation in Estonia, and Mr Taavi Toom for cooperating with us for the success of this study visit. A huge thank you to all the panel discussants (Amb Grzegorz Kozłowski from Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tallinn, Director of Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine Amb Sergiy Korsunsky, Mr Raivo Vare, Mrs Nataliia Nykyforak (MFA Ukraine) and Mr Javad Keypour (Researcher/PhD Student TalTech, and to Mr Johannes Tralla (ERR news) for an excellent work as the moderator of the panel discussion.

This study visit was organised in the frame of an on-going partnership with Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the purpose of strengthening Ukraine´s administrations.

Tuesday, 08 October 2019 / Published in News

ESD currently runs a development cooperation project that aims to train the diplomats from MENA countries, from Mauritius and from the member-countries of the Indian Ocean Commission.

On September 29 – October 4, 2019, ESD hosted a delegation of 7 diplomats representing Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, and Tunisia as the last study visit in the framework of this project.

The program of the study visit introduced Estonian best practices from several fields including ICT and e-governance, public and digital diplomacy, state protocol, and legal affairs. Also, the visits to the Parliament of Estonia and to the MFA Estonia took place. Study visit also accommodated open lectures of H.E. Ilir Meta, President of Albania and by Mrs. Katya Vogt (IREX) on dis-information. Valuable training session on intercultural communication was conducted by Mr. Paul Hendrix from Clingendael.

The study visit was financed by MFA Estonia, from the development cooperation framework.


Desk officer at the information analysis desk,
General Directorate of Communication, Information, and Documentation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Algeria

Mr. Mohammad Mahmoud Mofleh
AL SARHEED First Secretary,
Director assistant for consular affairs,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Secretary of Foreign Affairs,
Desk Officer, Directorate of the Greater Maghreb and the Arab Maghreb Union and the African Union Affairs; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Ms. Masa Raghebabu BAKER
Desk officer, Arab affairs department, Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates

Mr. Sami BOUGHANMI Head of division,
General Directorate of Legal Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia

ESD 2019/20120 scholarship student, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, the State of Palestine

ESD 2019/20120 scholarship student,
Secretary of Foreign Affairs at the Directorate of Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia

Friday, 04 October 2019 / Published in News

School year at ESD has kicked off! The group 2019/2020 consists of talented young diplomats, civil servants and private sector experts from 12 different nationalities: Georgia, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Tunisia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Ghana, Armenia, Palestine, and Estonia.

Foreign students are studying at ESD with the scholarships funded by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Välisministeerium.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 / Published in News

Currently, ESD runs a development cooperation project that supports the development of Georgian Diplomatic Training and Research Institute and Georgian foreign service, funded from the development cooperation framework of MFA Estonia.

In the framework of this project, a one-week study visit of junior diplomats from MFA Georgia took place on September 2-7, 2019 in Tallinn.

Study visit focused on the following subject areas:
– cooperation between Estonia and Georgia;
– introduction to the defence system of Estonia;
– small states in the changing world order;
– geopolitical storylines in foreign policy;
– political challenges of EU;
– public and digital diplomacy;
– strategic communication;
– populism in international relations;
– visits to the Parliament of Estonia, MFA Estonia and to the e-Estonia Briefing Centre.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 / Published in News

On May 24, 2019 18 students finished their studies at the Estonian School of Diplomacy. The study group 2018/2019 consisted of 12 nationalities – 14 scholarship holders and 4 Estonians. The scholarship holders came from the following countries: Albania, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Cameroon, Georgia, Mauritius, Armenia, Afghanistan, Brazil, Moldova, and Rwanda. ESD has now more than 700 alumni who know a great deal about International Relations and European Integration. ESD wishes its alumni luck in their future endeavours!

Scholarship holders’ studies were made possible thanks to the development cooperation funds of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 / Published in News

On May 19-24, 2019 Estonian School of Diplomacy hosted a 11-member joint delegation of diplomats from Mauritius and the Indian Ocean Commission. This study visit focused mainly on Estonia’s best practices in e-Governance and ICT. In addition, the delegation got to know about the work of some of the leading IT-companies of Estonia – Nortal and Datel. The participants were also able to take part in the annual e-Governance Conference organised by e-GA and learn from the best.



The study visit was part of an on-going multilateral cooperation project financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.

Thursday, 11 April 2019 / Published in News

In the academic year 2019/2020 Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD), in co-operation with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offers full scholarships for young diplomats and civil servants to participate in the Postgraduate Certificate program International Relations and European Integration taking place at ESD in Tallinn, from September 2019 until May 2020.




– Training course International Relations and European Integration with the value of 60 ECTS credit points starts on September 16, 2019 and ends on May 31, 2020;
– Successful students will receive ESD Certificate and Academic Record;
– Students from Estonia and from other countries study together. Language of instruction is English;
– Lecturers come from Estonia, other European countries and the United States;
– See curriculum for 2019/2020 HERE;
– The training course includes three thematic modules:
International Relations;
European Studies;
Diplomatic Studies.

– tuition fee;
– monthly allowance (450 EUR);
– accommodation in Tallinn (incl. utilities and internet connection);
– health insurance in Estonia during the studies;
– cost of Schengen visa;
– scholarship does NOT cover the costs of travel to and from Tallinn.

The person applying for the scholarship:

– comes from a country eligible for ODA (see
– is not older than 35 years (when applying);
– has at least a BA degree;
– has very good command of English (speaking, reading, writing skills are required at the advanced level);
– is currently employed by their country’s/territory’s foreign or civil service and has been working there for at least one year (priority will be given to those candidates who work for Ministry of Foreign Affairs);
– is highly motivated to learn about international relations and related disciplines. Priority will be given for the candidates strongly motivated to continue their professional careers within the service of their respective country/territory;
– is hard-working, co-operative and ready for cross-cultural study environment.

The applicant should present:

– ESD application form (downloadable from HERE);
– CV in English;
– Motivation letter (1 page/300-400 words, explaining the reasons for applying, previous experience and how the studies will benefit the student’s future development);
– Copies of university transcript in (unofficial) English translation, i.e. diploma of higher education and academic record;
– Copy of (international) passport;
– 1 passport-sized photograph (to be added to the application form);
– Academic essay (1,300-1,500 words with references) to be written on one of the chosen topics below:

  1. Current challenges of Europe
  2. Changing world order – post-American world as a new reality?
  3. Middle East as a ground of great power rivalry – new era but old problems?
  4. National, regional and global impact of Brexit
  5. The role of leaders in the era of unpredictability
  6. Small state foreign policy – challenges and opportunities

– Application documents can be submitted by using Online Scholarship Application System.
– Application must reach ESD by June 9, 2019 at the latest. Skype interviews will be conducted with shortlisted candidates.
– All candidates will be informed by e-mail about their application status at the latest on June 20, 2019.
– Selected participants are expected to arrive in Tallinn on September 15, 2019.
– For further questions please contact Kristiina-Maria Ploom

Friday, 14 December 2018 / Published in News

On December 9-14, 2018 ESD had the utmost pleasure of hosting Ukrainian delegation in Tallinn. The intese week focused mainly on security topics and strategic communicaton, and included visits to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Riigikogu, and Government Office of Estonia. In addition, the delegation got first-hand knowledge from specialists of Nordic-Baltic relations, ICT, media, and economic diplomacy. One of the highlights of the study visit was the public workshop where experts from Estonia, Ukraine, Sweden, and Lithuania had the chance to share insights and concerns on energy security.


The UA delegation consisted of:

1) Emir Rustamov – first secretary, Balkans region department, MFA
2) Tamara Herlib – first secretary, department of Sub-Saharan Africa region, MFA
3) Nataliia Bakalova – second secretary, department of Northern Africa, MFA
4) Mariia Cholach – third secretary, legal department, MFA
5) Yevhenii Bondarets – attache’, department of the Middle East, MFA
6) Argam Gasparian – third secretary, department of the South Caucasus and Turkey, MFA
7) Yevhen Mankovskyi – specialist, human resources department, MFA
8) Maryna Popovych – chief consultant, foreign affairs committee, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
9) Marko Skral – state expert, expert group on political dialogue, Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine
10) Nataliia-Tereza Anoshyna – deputy head of foreign affairs and European integration department, administration of the President
11) Sergiy Korsunsky – director, Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine (DAU)
12) Yevgeniya Gaber – deputy director, Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine (DAU)

The visit of the UA delegation is the first activity of a two year development co-operation project between ESD and DAU, financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 / Published in News
On October 28 – November 2, ESD had the pleasure to host a delegation from the Diplomatic School of Armenia – 12 promising future diplomats and 3 members of the staff.

The study visit included visits to the Estonian MFA and Parliament, many in-depth discussions with experts on ICT, cyber diplomacy, EU’s economic agenda, eastern partnership, as well as insights into protocol, US-Baltic region dynamics and Estonia’s national narratives.

This study visit was the final activity of a two-year development cooperation project, financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Välisministeerium.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 / Published in News

A new batch of students started their studies at ESD’s diploma program International Relations, Diplomacy and European Integration in September 2018. This year altogether 13 nationalities represented in the group! ESD wishes the students a wonderful school year full of heaty discussions and enriching cultural encounters.

ESD’s scholarship holders’ studies have been made possible thanks to the cooperation and support from the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Välisministeerium.