11/20/2017 12:02:13

Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project

Leading Russian universities open doors for international students. Take part in Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project to win the opportunity to study for free a Master’s degree at one of the Russian top universities. 


Who can Participate?

The competition is open to all foreign citizens, as well as Russian citizens permanently living abroad,  and stateless citizens, who already have a Bachelor’s degree or are completing their Bachelor’s education in 2018. 

Subject Areas

Participants can choose from four subject areas: Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Economics. Each area includes several tracks — Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Applied Mathematics and Physics, Biotechnical Systems and Technologies, etc. A participant can apply for several subject areas at the same time. Winners can enroll in a university without passing entrance exams and start their education in the academic year 2018/2019. 

Winners can choose a program taught in Russian or English. In case if the program of interest is taught only in Russian, the student can start with a one-year intensive preparatory course of Russian language.

Stages of the Competition

Qualifying round: portfolio contest · Dec. 1, 2017 - Jan. 15, 2018 

Participation is open to everyone.

Final round: online test · Jan. 25 - Feb. 5, 2018 

Participation is open to winners of the portfolio contest. 

Study Opportunities

Winners will be able to choose from over 500 Russian universities, including those in international rankings such as Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE), QS World University Rankings and Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU), and 21 universities participating in the 5-100 Russian Academic Excellence Project. The competition is held in English and Russian.

“Russia has been home to outstanding scientists such as Nikolai Lobachevsky, Dmitri Mendeleev, Pyotr Kapitsa, Nikolai Semenov, and many others. Besides major scientific achievements, our country is known for the high standards of school and university education, especially in the field of technical sciences. Thus, for example, the fundamental course in theoretical physics by Lev Landau — one of the founders of MIPT — and his student Evgeny Lifshitz was translated into more than 20 languages and opened up the world of science to a great many students,” says Artem Voronov, vice rector for academic affairs and pre-university education at MIPT, who is also on the  team of Open Doors: Russia’s Scholarship Project. “Russian universities hold a competitive position in the international landscape of higher education. MIPT is a clear example of this: It ranks among the top 50 universities for physics and among the top 100 by academic reputation. We believe that a globalized world calls for education that is open, affordable, and accessible to students across the world.”

How are the Winners Determined?

The lists of winners and award winners will be published on the project’s website. Results can also be found on participants’ personal pages on the competition website. The lists of winners and award winners are planned to be published on Feb. 20, 2018.

  • Winners

Participants who have successfully passed the two rounds and whose overall score gets them into the top 5% of the ranked list of participants are considered Winners.

  • Award winners

Participants who have successfully passed the two rounds and whose overall score gets them into the top 25% of the ranked list of participants are considered Award winners. Winners of the contest can select any program track within a subject of their choice and then apply to one or several Russian universities that have educational programs corresponding to the track that interests them.

For the applicants willing to study in MIPT we offer a wide range of Master’s programs in three areas of study: Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science, and a preparatory course of Russian as a foreign language (if necessary).

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    Each subject area of the competition is supervised by one of the prominent Russian universities. Mathematics is curated by the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology that taught ten Nobel laureatesITMO University (St. Petersburg) is in charge of Computer Science; the National Research Nuclear University (MEPhi, Moscow) supervises Physics, and Economics is taken care of by the Higher School of Economics (Moscow). A number of other leading Russian higher education institutions act as co-organizers: the National University of Science and Technology MISIS (Moscow), Tomsk State UniversityN. I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN), the Siberian Federal University (Krasnoyarsk), Novosibirsk State UniversitySt. Petersburg Polytechnic UniversityImmanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Kaliningrad) and the Ural Federal University (Yekaterinburg).

    For More Details & RegistrationOpen Doors: Russian Scholarship Project (official website)

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