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Open Doors 2022 Russian Scholarship Project for International Master’s & PhD Students

Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project is your chance for early admission to a tuition-free Master’s & PhD  at one of the leading universities in Russia.

The Open Doors International Olympiad is starting for the fifth time! 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. 

This year there are 14 subject areas available, same as last year. The crucial difference is that the doctoral track is now available in ALL of them instead of just six. 

Foreigners from ANY country can participate in the Olympiad, as well as compatriots permanently residing abroad and stateless persons. Participants of the master’s track must have a bachelor’s or specialist’s degree or be completing an appropriate level of education in 2022. Participants of the doctoral track will need a specialist’s or a master’s degree.

Additionally, to be allowed to participate, you’ll have to pass a short test in each of your selected subject areas. We designed it to make a preliminary evaluation of your knowledge level and get you acquainted with the Olympiad’s interface. If you are unable to pass this test in five attempts, you won’t be able to start filling in your portfolio and participate in the Olympiad.

Both master’s and doctoral tracks include 2 rounds that are held online. The first round is a portfolio competition. Those who have been successfully selected after the evaluation of the portfolios are invited to take part in the second round – the Olympiad itself, which is a series of proctored online tests.

In addition to those two rounds, the doctoral track includes one additional round which consists of online interviews with up to three potential research advisors at the participant’s choice. If any of the interviews is successful, the participant chooses a research advisor from among those who gave them a pass.

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

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About Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project

The Olympiad is organized by The Association of Global Universities, in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation and the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudichestvo). The competition is aimed at talented foreign students who would like to enroll in master's and postgraduate programs in Russia for free. The winners of the Open Doors are granted a free early admission at any Russian university, without entrance examinations and... read more


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Open Doors Postgraduate Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Open Doors Postgraduate Scholarship

Your tuition fee will be paid by the Russian Federation. You will only have to cover your travel and accommodation costs, insurance and personal expenses.

Duration of Programme: Duration of candidate’s chosen course


Requirements for Open Doors Postgraduate Scholarship Qualification

  • 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 2022. Participants of the doctoral track will need a specialist’s or a master’s degree.
  • Both master’s and doctoral tracks include 2 rounds that are held online. The first round is a portfolio competition. Those who have been successfully selected after the evaluation of the portfolios are invited to take part in the second round – the Olympiad itself, which is a series of proctored online tests.
  • Doctoral track includes one additional round which consists of an interview with potential research advisors at the participant’s choice. If the interview is successful, the participant chooses a research advisor from among those who gave them a pass.

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Application Deadline

December 10, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project on od.globaluni.ru to apply

Please note that currently ALL foreign students are allowed to enter Russia, but each university has its own guidelines on how exactly to do it. Also, if you apply and are accepted as a winner by both Open Doors and Rossotrudnichestvo, you’ll have to choose only one scholarship – getting both is impossible. 

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