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Russian Government Scholarship for International Students 2020/2021

Deadline for portfolio submission: December 10th, 2020

Russian Scholarship Project is your chance for early admission to a tuition-free program at one of the leading universities in Russia.

The Russian Federation has organized the Open Doors International Olympiad for the fourth time. This year introduces a doctoral track (analogous to Ph.D.) in addition to the usual master’s track. Depending on the chosen direction, the winners of the Olympiad will be able to enroll for free in the master's or postgraduate programs of their chosen University. Participants of the doctoral track will be able to choose a future research supervisor and pass an interview with them during the Olympiad.

Participation in the Olympiad and further education at the University are possible in Russian or English.

Foreigners can participate in the Olympiad, as well as compatriots permanently residing abroad. Participants of the master's track must have a bachelor's or specialist's degree or be completing an appropriate level of education in 2021. Participants of the doctoral track will need a specialist's or a master's degree.


There is a master's track for all study areas of the Olympiad.

There are doctoral tracks only for the following study areas:

  1. Biology & Biotechnology

  2. Chemistry & Materials Science

  3. Clinical Medicine & Public Health

  4. Linguistics & Modern Languages

  5. Mathematics & Artificial intelligence

  6. Physical Sciences

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Candidates are expected to possess the following eligibility criteria for the Russian Government Scholarship for International Students 2020/2021;

  • Applicants must be international students.

  • Students admitted into an undergraduate and postgraduate degree program.

  • The award is available for undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered at the University.

  • Based on outstanding academic merit

  • Students enrolling full time in the Honours program in the semester for which the scholarship is awarded.

  • Applicants must have a High school certificate or equivalent.

  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree certificate or equivalent.

  • Candidates must be highly motivated, responsible, and able to work independently in a structured manner and as good interpersonal and communication skill.

  • Applicants must hold an offer for a full-time program at their chosen University.

  • Application process based on merit and evidence of leadership.

  • English Language Requirement: Applicants are required to provide evidence of meeting their University’s minimum English language proficiency requirements.


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