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 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 website.

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

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

You can find profiles of prospective research supervisors here.

Important dates

The selection process for the PhD track has three rounds:

  • September 15 - December 10, 2021 – the first round, a competition of portfolios.
  • January 10 - 28, 2021 – the second round, a problem-solving challenge held online.
  • February 28 - March 18, 2022 – 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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