Russian Government Scholarship

Russian Government Scholarship

Russian Government Scholarship is now accepting applications from foreign students who want to study for free in Russia at some of the world’s best colleges and universities. Registration closes on December 10

The goal of this scholarship is to give a high-quality education to excellent international students who wish to pursue a degree in Russia. Students have the choice of attending any of Russia’s 500 universities, including 21 of the country’s top institutions.

The Open Doors International Olympiad is offering this scholarship in collaboration with the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Federal Agency for Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudichestvo).

Why study in Russia?

When it comes to foreign studies, Russia may not be the first country that springs to mind. But the fact is that this often-underappreciated, more creative country has a plethora of excellent opportunities for students from all over the world.

Are you curious about what awaits you there? Let’s go through some reasons why Russia should be on your list of potential overseas study locations.

  • It is home to a diverse range of prominent universities
  • You can receive a top-notch education for a lot less money than you would elsewhere
  • In Russia, innovation and research are thriving, and are highly valued
  • Large selection of educational programmes
  • English language educational programmes
  • Limitless options for travel

About Russian Government Scholarship

The Open Doors International Olympiad has started for the fifth time. Winners of the Olympiad will be allowed to enroll for free in master’s or postgraduate studies at their selected university, depending on their chosen path. During the Olympiad, doctoral track participants will be able to select a potential research supervisor and sit for an interview with them.

Foreigners from ANY nation, as well as compatriots permanently residing abroad and stateless people, are welcome to compete in the Olympiad. Participants in the master’s track must either have a bachelor’s or specialist’s degree or be in the process of finishing an appropriate level of study in 2022. Participants in the doctorate program must have a specialist’s or master’s degree.

You will have to pass a short test in each of your selected subject areas in order to participate. The test is a preliminary evaluation of your knowledge level and it will get you acquainted with the Olympiad’s interface. You will get five chances to pass this test after that 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 are successful, the participant chooses a research advisor from among those who gave them a pass.

Courses Availability under Russian Government Scholarship 2022

There is a number of subjects available this time. You can make your selection according to your interest. They are available for both Masters and PhD degrees. Below is the list of courses available.

Earth SciencesClinical Medicine & Public Health
Biology & BiotechnologyEconomics
Physical SciencesNeuroscience & Psychology
Economics & EconometricsChemistry & Materials Science
Mathematical and Artificial IntelligenceComputer and Data Science
Political and International StudiesBusiness and Management
Engineering and TechnologyLinguistic and Modern Languages

Financial Benefits

The scholarship will cover full tuition fees for selected students and will also be awarded a monthly stipend for living expenses.

Eligibility Criteria 

The eligibility criteria for the Russian Government Scholarship 2022 are as follow.

  • All nationalities are eligible to apply
  • The applicant needs to possess a Bachelor’s degree for Master’s programs
  • The applicant needs to have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree with a research interest in any of the subjects
  • The applicant needs to be research-oriented
  • The citizens of Russia, who are living abroad, are also eligible to apply for this opportunity
  • The applicants need to be in good physical and mental health

Language Requirements

Participation in the Olympiad and further education at the University are possible in Russian or English. The students will be judged and evaluated for their proficiency in the English language through interviews.


September 15th, 2021Registration Begins
September 15th – December 10th, 2021Portfolio fillingPrepare your portfolio. All research papers, certificates, awards and honors that you have ever received are of value.
December 10th, 2021Deadline for portfolio submissionYou will not be able to edit your portfolio after the deadline.
December 13th – 23th, 2021The first round. Grading of the portfolios
December 24th, 2021Announcement of the first-round results
January 10th – 28th, 2022The second roundWinners of the portfolio competition can participate in the second round in the selected Subject.
January 11th – February 3th, 2022Grading of the second round of the competition
February 10th, 2022Announcement of the second-round results
February 11th – 18th, 2022
Appeal process
February 22th, 2022Announcement of the Open Doors winners and prize-winners in the Master’s track
February 28th – March 18th, 2022
The third round (for participants of the doctoral track (analogous to PhD))
March 23rd, 2022Announcement of the Open Doors winners and prize-winners in the doctoral track (analogous to PhD)

Application Process for Russian Government Scholarship

There is no application fee to apply for this scholarship. You need to apply through the official website. The application process is straightforward and online. Read the details carefully then do the submission.

Registration is open from September 15, 2021, to December 10, 2021. Previous accounts have been deleted, so If you are a last year’s participant wishing to try again, you’ll have to register again and fill the portfolio anew.



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