Open Doors Scholarship Project for Prospective PhD Students

Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project

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

The Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project is an academic competition for international prospective Master’s and PhD students. The competition is supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation and is organized by the Association of Global Universities. 

ITMO University is a co-organizer of the competition and has been an active contributor to the project since its very beginning. Click here to learn more about ITMO University, and here to discover the beautiful St. Petersburg, the home of ITMO. 

The competition is open to foreign citizens and stateless persons, including compatriots living abroad, having a Bachelor's degree or completing a Bachelor's degree program for the Master's track and having a Master's or Specialist's degree for the PhD track in the current year.

Registration and more info is available on the Open Doors' websiteVK page, and Telegram channel

The competition has two tracks, one for Master's and the other for PhD students. Winners of the relevant track will be able to study for free at Master's and PhD programs at ITMO University.

Click here to find out more information about the Master's Track.

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The competition for the PhD track is held in the following subject areas

  • Business & Management
  • Biology & Biotechnology
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Clinical Medicine & Public Health
  • Computer & Data Science
  • Linguistics & Modern Languages
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences for Sustainability
  • Education & Psychology
  • Politics & International Studies
  • Applied Mathematics & Artificial Intelligence
  • Urbanism & Civil Engineering
  • Physical Sciences & Technology
  • Chemistry & Materials Science
  • Economics & Econometrics

You can find profiles of prospective research supervisors here.

Important dates

The selection process for the PhD track has three rounds:

  • September 15 - December 23, 2023 – the first round, a competition of portfolios.
  • January 9 - February 9, 2024 – the second round, a problem-solving challenge held online.
  • February 9 - March 15, 2024 – the third round, the selection of a prospective research supervisor for the chosen PhD program and an interview with the participant. 

Still got questions?

Participation in the Open Doors academic competition

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