Russian Scholarship Project Master’s Program

Deadline: 16 February 2018
Open to: international students
Award/Scholarship: 100% discount on tuition + a governmental scholarship


Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project is Russia’s first international competition for prospective Master’s students. The competition is held with the support of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and the Rossotrudnichestvo Federal Agency; the Association “Global Universities” acts as the organizer. The project gives students a unique opportunity to enroll in a Master’s program in Russia without entrance exams and using a single-window system: entrants can choose any one of more than 500 universities in 80 Russian cities, from Kaliningrad to Siberia and the Far East.

This year, the competition is held in four subject areas: Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics, and Physics.


  • Foreign citizens;
  • Stateless people;
  • Russian citizens who live abroad;
  • Students who already have a Bachelor’s degree or are completing their Bachelor’s education in 2018.


The tuition fees are covered by the state which implies a 100% discount on tuition + a governmental scholarship.

How to apply?

  • To win a position at a coveted university, prospective students must sign up on the project’s website: and pass two rounds of selection;
  • The first, qualifying, round is a portfolio contest. Entrants should upload their portfolios online via the project’s website by February 16, 2018;
  • Those who have successfully passed the portfolio contest are invited to the final round, an online test that will be available from March 5 to 15, 2018;
  • The results of the competition will be announced at the end of March: a list of winners will be published on the project’s website;
  • The competition’s tasks are available in Russian and English. Winners can also choose to study at their university of choice in either language.

For more information, please visit the official web page.