Open Doors: Russia’s Graduate Scholarship Project
14.11.2017
Open Doors: Russia’s Graduate Scholarship Project 

Participate, win, and study for free on a Master’s program at one of Russia and the world’s top universities!
●    Everyone except Russian citizens can participate
●    Developed by Russia’s leading higher education specialists with support from the Ministry of Education and Science
●    Completely tuition-free
●    Remote admission: all you need is a computer, Internet access, and your knowledge!
●    Comprehensible and transparent selection criteria
●    Single-window system: choose any Russian university in your preferred area of study
●    Participate in competitions on several subject areas and apply to any number of universities simultaneously!
●    Enroll in a Master’s program before the admission campaign starts!

Subject areas
Choose the area to your liking!
Mathematics
01.04.01    Mathematics
01.04.02    Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
01.04.03    Mechanics and Mathematical Modeling
01.04.04    Applied Mathematics
01.04.05    Statistics
24.04.02    Guidance, Navigation, and Control
27.04.03    System Analysis and Management
27.04.07    High Technology and Innovation Economics

Physics
03.04.01 Applied Mathematics and Physics
03.04.02 Physics
09.04.01 Computer Science and Engineering

09.04.04 Software Engineering
11.04.04 Electronics and Nanoelectronics

12.04.03 Photonics and Optical Computing
12.04.04 Biotechnical Systems and Technologies

12.04.05 Laser Engineering and Laser Technologies
14.04.02 Nuclear Physics and Technologies.
16.04.02 High-technology Plasma and Power Systems

22.04.01 Materials Science and Materials Technology

Computer science
09.04.01           Computer Science and Engineering
09.04.02           Information Systems and Technologies
09.04.03           Applied Computer Science
09.04.04           Software Engineering
10.04.01           Information Security

Economics
38.04.01           Economics
38.04.02           Management
38.04.08           Finance and Credit

What’s in it for you?
Early admission and tuition-free education on a Master’s program of your choice at one of the top universities in Russia and the world

Who can participate?
●    international citizens
●    stateless people
●    Russian citizens who live abroad
who already have a Bachelor’s degree or are completing their Bachelor’s education in 2018.

Structure of the Competition
1. Qualifying round: portfolio contest
December 1-31, 2017
Participation is open to everyone
Registration opens on November 15th!
Portfolios can be uploaded starting on December 1.

2. Final round: online test
January 25 - February 5, 2018
Participation is open to winners of the portfolio contest
How are the winners determined?
Participants who’ve successfully passed the two rounds and whose overall score gets them into the top 5% of the ranked list of participants are considered Winners.
Participants who’ve successfully passed the two rounds and whose overall score gets them into the top 25% of the ranked list of participants are considered Award winners.
Find out if you’ve won
The lists of winners and award winners are published on this website. Results can also be found on participants’ personal pages on the competition website

Why Study in Russia
●    Choose from more than 500 universities in 80 Russian cities and send an online application to several universities at the same time
●    Russian education is amongst the world’s best
●    21 leading Russian universities participate in Project 5-100, which aims to increase their positions on the global research and education market. 21 Nobel Prize winners teach and more than 360,000 students study in these universities.
●    Best Russian universities are included in Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE), QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities  
●    The cost of living in Russia is less than in Western Europe or the USA●    

 Relevant documents
Order # 844 of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science dated July 28, 2014 
Regulation #P-130 of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science dated 17.03.2017

FAQ
1. What is a Subject area?
They are areas of knowledge that cover groups of program tracks a Master’s student can follow.
2. What do I do if I win?
First, choose a program track in the subject area that you are a winner in. Then, pick a university (or several) that offer programs in this track.
3. In which language will I study?
●    having proved your adequate command of English language, you can study on a program in English that corresponds to your chosen subject area and program track
●    having proved your adequate command of Russian language, you can study on a program in Russian that corresponds to your chosen subject area and program track
●    in the event that you need to improve your Russian, you will be enrolled at a university's preparatory department. You will be guaranteed a position in a program in Russian that corresponds to your chosen subject area and program track
4. Will I have to pay my tuition?
No, it will be paid for with funds from the federal budget. You only have to pay for your travel expenses, rent, insurance, and personal expenses.
5. Will I have to pay back to my education after I graduate?
No!
6. Can I be refused free tuition after I win?
If you meet the selection criteria and provide the necessary information and documents in a timely manner, you will be accepted for free tuition.
7. Do I need to take any entrance exams at the University?
No, if you get through the competition stage, you can enroll in a university without passing entrance exams.
8. Can I get into any program I want?
You can enroll in any program within the program track that you chose in your original application form. 
9.     Will I receive a stipend or partial scholarship?
Yes, you will get the same scholarship as Russian students.