Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project

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

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 Rossotrudnichestvo Federal Agency. Thanks to the project, talented students from different countries can be admitted to master’s and PhD programs using the “single window” system: the winners and awardees of the Olympiad can choose among Russian universities, including universities placed in the prestigious international rankings – The World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Foreign citizens and compatriots permanently residing abroad can take part in the Olympiad. Participants of the Olympiad must have a bachelor's (alternatively a five-year specialist's degree) or complete the required degree program in 2022.

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All rounds of the Olympiad are held online in Russian or in English. The language of instruction in Russian universities can be Russian or English.

In 2020-2021, more than 56 000 people from 197 countries took part in the Olympiad, and 884 participants in 14 subject areas from 83 countries became the winners and awardees.

Both Master’s and Doctoral tracks include two rounds. The first round is a portfolio competition. Those who have been selected after the evaluation of their portfolios are invited to take part in the second round of the Olympiad, which is a proctored test.

The Doctoral track includes one additional round – an interview with potential research advisors. Provided the interview is successful, the participant chooses a research advisor from among those who have agreed to supervise their research.

Course Level: The scholarship is available to pursue master’s and PhD programs.

Study Subject:

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



  • Scholarship Award: Winners and runner-ups to study at any Russian university, with tuition fees covered by the state, which implies a 100% discount on tuition + a governmental scholarship.
  • Number of Scholarships: 300+


  • Eligible Countries: International
  • Entrance Requirements: Participation is open to all foreign citizens and compatriots permanently residing abroad. Participants must have a bachelor’s (alternatively a five-year specialist’s degree) or complete the required degree program in 2022.
  • English Language Requirements: Participants can take part in either Russian or English language.
Eligible Regions: Open for All.

Application Process

Apply online through the given link.

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Application Deadline: December 10, 2021

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