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Scholarships to study in Russia

Are you interested in expanding your horizons to study in the world’s largest country, which has an impressive 55 universities ranked in the top 250 of the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016? Read on for scholarships to study in Russia

Government-funded Russian scholarships for international students

  • Government of Russian Federation Scholarships – A set number of state scholarships to study in Russia are available for foreign students each year, with free tuition, student accommodation and a maintenance allowance, which amounted to 1,300 rubles a month in 2015 (approximately US$20). 15,000 of these scholarships were awarded in 2015.

Non-governmental Russian scholarships for international students

  • The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) – Lists scholarships to study abroad in Russia and other former Soviet states, most of which are specifically for US students.
  • Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships – Offers over 2,700 scholarships of up to US$5,000 for US undergraduate citizens to study or intern abroad. Applicants who are studying a foreign language (such as Russian) while abroad in a country in which the language is predominantly spoken will automatically be considered for the Critical Need Language Award, for a total award of $8,000.
  • BP in Russia Research Scholarships – Russian scholarships of RUB 15,000 - 35,000 (US~$235-550) every month for students studying for degrees in energy and economics at one of the partner Russian universities. Applicants must be studying on state grants, have excellent grades and aim to develop in their chosen subject in the future.
  • American Councils Scholarships – various scholarships related to Russian language training and research in Russia, including the Title VIII Research Scholar Program, a scholarship for students to conduct independent research for three to eight months in one of the selected countries in Central Asia or Eastern Europe, including Russia. The value of the awards varies between US$5,000 to $25,000, and typically includes airfare, a monthly stipend, health insurance and more.

University-specific Russian scholarships for international students

Please note that the majority of these scholarships are at postgraduate level.

  • Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University – Individual scholarship opportunities are available for master's degree programs studied in English at the university. The scholarship could cover tuition fees during one semester or costs of accommodation in the university dormitory.
  • Tomsk State University – Various grants are available for international students.
  • Vladivostok State University Economics and Service (VSUES) – Four VSUES scholarships are available which offer RUB 3,000 per month (~US$50) for outstanding international students.
  • Ural Federal University (UrFU) – The UrFU “Golden” Scholarship Program for Master Students offers 65 international scholarships for new international students, covering tuition fees for two years of study for any master’s program taught in English. The UrFU “Silver” International Scholarship Program offers 50 scholarships to cover the tuition fees for one year of study.
  • Russian International Olympic University  – The Vladimir Potanin Foundation’s Olympic Scholarships Program offers 20 Russian scholarships to study a Master of Sports Administration program at the university, providing tuition, accommodation and a monthly stipend.

If you’re planning to study in Russia, take a look at our country guide, and see how Russian universities compare with those across the five BRICS countries in the latest QS University Rankings: BRICS.

This article was originally published in October 2015. It was updated in July 2016. 

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Hello my name is Arnold Baruti from Africa in Tanzania I completed my high school studies in Tanzania
I am currently not enrolled to university due to financial problems
I am asking for a full scholarship elsewhere example Russia, European, U. S
I need your help please

Hi Arnold, please take a look at our lists of scholarships to study in Europe and to study in the US. Hope this helps. 

Greetings Sabrina, I have a done my bachelors degree in Media Studies and currently, I am working as an Asst DOP.could you please guide me which universities are offering scholarships for Cinematography for doing the postgraduate in Russia.

Hello Sabrina! I am Rafael Marcano. I currently live in Venezuela, i have already finish my bachelor's degree in electrical engineer so I would like to know, how can i get a scholarship for doing a Postgrade in Russia?

Hello, now I'm in 7th semester of my bachelor's degree and will be done in 8th semester. How can I get scholarship in Russia?

Hi, I have completed high school can get a scholarship with full tuition fee for undergraduate

hi .i have finished my high school. i want to study mbbs in Russia.i would like to know about the scholarships. i am from Tanzania

Hi. I have just passed my high school. I want to study mbbs in Russia. I would like to know about the scholarships and exams regarding admission. I am from india. Kindly help please.

please i want to apply for a full free tution fee scholarship for masters please help me and tell me about method how can i apply and i wanna start masters in this season

Hi Atif, our main page of scholarship listings includes options for a range of different subjects and study destinations, and you might also like to apply for a QS Scholarship. :)

I am having an MS degree in mathematics want to study anywhere availing scholarships

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Hello.How do I get admission free into a school abroad with free tuition scholarship. I don't have money to even right SATs exams.please help me

Hello, our guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad can help, and you might like to browse our other scholarship listings here. Best of luck with your applications! 

I want to study Intelligence and Security Studies or a closely related course at masters level in a Russian uni. Pls, what are your best recommendations for me? Plus, can they have scholarship offering attached to them M thank you

Hello Sabrina. Thank you for your amazing articles, they really help people like me to have some perspective of what's going on!
I'm currently an undergraduate student in Russian language and literature at University of Tehran, Iran. I will graduate in one year and I really do want to apply abroad for my MA's in Conference Interpreting & Translation Studies. The problem is that not every university has this favorite major of mine and also my budget is too low for applying in those which already has it. So I was hoping to get a full fund or a scholarship. Is there any source of help you could suggest??

Hi Negin. We have various scholarship lists which may be helpful. If you're able to attend a QS World Grad School Tour event, you could also apply for scholarships through the QS Scholarships scheme. Best of luck!

please i want to apply for a full free tution fee scholarship for african student

Hi Olaitan, please take a look at our list of scholarships for African students. :)

hi every body
most respectfully i beg to say that. i have completed B,SC civil engineering in 2014 with cgpa 2.42/4 now i want master structure but cause of my financial problems i can't effort my university fees . that way i need full scholarship . kindly help and guide me i will very thanks full of you

hi sabrina coller madam.
madam i have completed my B.SC civil engineering with cgpa 2.42/4 in 2014 from cecos university Peshawar
Pakistan , madam i was also got it admission in in ms structure in 2015 in my previous university but cause of my financial difficulties i can't support my university fees .that way i lose my admission .madam i need full scholarship for ms structure in any university .madam can you help and guide me i will be very thanks full of you.. madam please can you give me your personal email

Hi Amin, I'm afraid we're unable to respond to individual enquiries via email. To help you to find a scholarship, please take a look at our list of scholarships for engineering students. You could also download our guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad. Hope this helps!

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i have completed my B-Tech with 77% in aggregate. And i want to study master's in Structural Engineering but i cannot afford the tuition fee so that i want to study with full scholarship in any country

Hi Dinesh, please take a look at our list of scholarships for engineering students. :)

aren't there any scholarships for undergraduate Students to study in Russia whether in Russian or English ?

Are non govermental Russian scholarships free two.. Or what??! Please more details...And thanks

hello ever one