Photo: Toms Grīnbergs, University of Latvia.

Until 16 August 2020, the most talented secondary school graduates can apply for support to start their studies more successfully.

The University of Latvia (UL) Foundation invites the most talented secondary school students to apply for scholarships even before they have actually started their studies at the university. The open scholarship competition is a great opportunity for young people who intend to enter the University of Latvia undergraduate programmes this year will to receive support throughout the academic year.

Prospective students can apply for both excellence and social support scholarships. The 1st year undergraduate students of the University of Latvia are eligible to apply for three scholarships: Ceļamaize (“Bread for the Journey”), Latgales Ceļamaize (Latgale’s “Bread for the Journey”) and Minna Matilde Vilhelmīne Petkevičs Memorial Scholarship. Both Ceļamaize scholarships are intended for diligent, studious and active students, including young people whose origins can be traced back to Latgale, whereas, M.M.V. Petkevičs Memorial Scholarship grants a priority to those first-year students who lack material resources.

The number and types of scholarships vary from year to year, and the scholarships can be provided by different patrons. The amount of each scholarship is EUR 2 200 per academic year – the scholarship is paid out proportionally during one academic year or 10 months. For example, in academic year 2019/2020, the patrons ensured support to 20 first-year students of the University of Latvia.

Conditions for application

All the applicants must submit their applications until August 16, 2020, at 23:59 EEST:

Documents required for scholarship application:

  • completed electronic scholarship application form available at (in the menu “For students” choose “Apply for scholarship”);
  • two letters of recommendation from school directors, teachers at school or out-of-school and/or interest education institution, etc.;
  • CV (in Europass format);
  • School report and certificate of general secondary education;
  • results of centralised examinations;
  • a free-format essay about the patron/patroness whom the applicant would like to resemble;
  • other documents – see the list included in the scholarship application form.

The assessment of applicants is carried out in two stages. After evaluation of the electronic applications, the leading applicants are invited for a personal interview.

On the other hand, JelgavaEngure and Salaspils local government scholarships are awarded to the most talented aspiring students of these municipalities, as they begin their studies at any of the higher education institutions of Latvia. If the scholarship requirements are met, the local government scholarships are paid by semester throughout the entire studies until receipt of the diploma. Application to these scholarships is also open until August 16, 2020.

Starting with the 2nd year of undergraduate studies, the University of Latvia students can apply to a wider range of scholarships. Centralized application will take place from September 7 to 30, 2020.

In case of additional questions, those interested are invited to look at the section of frequently asked questions or contact the UL Foundation office by email The UL Foundation calls for timely and careful reviewing of scholarship terms. Please, do not postpone the application until the last moment!

About the University of Latvia Foundation

Since 2004, the UL Foundation provides an opportunity to patrons and cooperation partners to support both the University of Latvia and other leading higher education institutions of our country, thereby investing in the future of Latvia. The priorities of the UL Foundation are to support the most outstanding, dedicated students and researchers, to advance creation of a modern study environment, as well as to promote construction and refurbishment of university’s buildings.