‘Open Doors’ Russian Graduate and Postgraduate Scholarships for Foreign Students 2020-21

Competition Scholarship in Applied Science , in Art and Humanities , in Business and Law , in Education and Languages , in Engineering , in Medicine , in Natural Science , in Social Science
  • Apply Before : December 10, 2020
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Opportunity Details

  • Degree MasterPH.D
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Fields of study Different
  • Opportunity Type : Partially Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 65792
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Opportunity Description


The Russian Federation is organizing the fourth Open Doors International Olympiad 2020/21 which is a program under the Russian Scholarship Project offering international students a chance to compete in the Olympiad and win partially funded scholarships to get early admission in a tuition-free program in one of the reputable Russian universities. Depending on the chosen field, the winners of Open Doors receive a chance to enroll in a master’s or Ph.D. degree called masters’ or doctoral track, according to the program.

Details of the program

Deadline for registration and submission of your portfolio: December 10, 2020

Organizer: The Association of Global Universities

Type of program: Competition

Scholarship degree levels: Master’s and PhD

Coverage: Partially-funded

Subjects of the Open Door

For more information about available subjects, materials, programs, and other specifics, click HERE. The materials contain demos of tasks and schedule of the second round of the competition, the list of program tracks for the next master’s degree, and the doctoral track’s materials.

Competition organizers:

  • Higher School of Economics (HSE)
  • Tomsk state university
  • ITMO University
  • Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
  • Novosibirsk State University
  • National Research Nuclear University
  • National University of Science and Technology MISIS
  • Ural Federal University
  • Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University (LETI)
  • Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University
  • Peter the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU)
  • Tomsk Polytechnic University
  • Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University
  • People’s Friendship University of Russia (RUDN)
  • University of Tyumen
  • Far Eastern Federal University
  • Kazan University
  • Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (UNN)
  • Samara National Research University
  • Siberian Federal University
  • South Ural State University


By winning a scholarship as a result of the Open Doors competition, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • You will study in a leading Russian university placing very high in global university ranking;
  • Will be able to enroll a master’s or postgraduate program tuition-free and get early admission;
  • You will have access to the most state-of-the-art teaching materials and educational facilities;
  • Will be blessed with an opportunity to get a world-class education; and
  • You will have to cover your accommodation, travel, and insurance costs yourself.


  • The competition is open to foreign nationals and stateless persons who have a Bachelor’s degree or will complete a Bachelor degree program in the year of the Olympiad for the Master’s;
  • For the doctoral/Ph.D. Track, having a Master’s or Specialist’s degree in the year of the Olympiad is required.
  • All participants are expected to agree to the provision and processing of personal data to the competition.
  • The official languages of the Olympiad are English and Russian.
  • The teaching languages for master’s and doctoral programs in Russian Institutions are either Russian or English, depending on the university’s rule.
  • The level of proficiency in Russian is identified by the chosen university when admitting the winner or a prizewinner of the Olympiad to the degree program.
  • An applicant admitted to a university can take Russian language preparatory courses if he/she does not have a sufficient level of competency in Russian.

Read in detail about the Rules.

How can you apply?

You can participate in the Open Doors by registering and filling out the registration form online. Please hurry up and make it work soon!

Apply now

What documents do you need to provide?

You can do it by Portfolio filling and preparing your documents and submit them. All research papers, certificates, prizes, and honors that you have ever received are counted for the acceptance. You can include all accomplishments for your Subject of choice in your portfolio to further your chances of success. The portfolio structure for all Subjects and tracks is the same.

To see the full program schedule, visit here.

For more information and clarification on the program and accompanying details, contact [email protected].

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