PhD programs

The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) – a new Russian graduate research university founded in partnership with The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Our combination of fundamental science with entrepreneurship and innovation, globally renowned faculty, close integration to industry gives you the opportunity to get world-class education and gain the broad prospects.
Modes and duration:
4 years (full-time)
Application deadline:
July 29, 2018
Tuition fees:
no tuition fee for the applicants who pass the selection process
What makes Skoltech stand apart from other universities
is its extraordinary environment that will make your PhD studies
a major life milestone:
Global level
Courses and supervision by world-renowned scientists and engineers, students and professors from 40+ countries. English language of instruction
Wide range of courses, individual study plan, interdisciplinary approach. Possibility to choose between fundamental and applied profiles within the program
Cross-curriculum double-degree and network educational programs with leading universities and labs, wide set of Russian and global industrial partners
    Integration of research, education and innovation. Culture of supporting student startups
    Over a third of our students perform a research or an educational component at MIT, Harvard University, National University of Singapore, University of Calgary and other leading international universities
    Once enrolled, you will get a chance to attend major international conferences, participate in science and student competitions and work on your own projects and initiatives
    Skoltech students are entitled to a monthly scholarship and health insurance
    In 2018 you can enroll in one of the following 7 PhD programs:
    On graduation all PhD graduates will have done
    at least 240 ECTS-credits, of which at least:
    Advanced Major-Field Courses (12 credits)
    Advanced Major-Field Courses represent the advanced subject matter in a particular academic field that only Ph.D. students or established faculty members would typically be expected to have mastered. In most cases these courses, or seminars, will be customized for doctoral students and made available exclusively for doctoral students in a particular area of specialization.
    General Doctoral Courses (18 credits)
    General Doctoral Courses represent methodological subject matter, pedagogy, philosophical inquiry or general academic or professional learning about research or subject matter related to research, teaching or innovation that are applicable across most or all academic fields.
    Research Experience (195 credits)
    All Skoltech Ph.D. students must produce an original Ph.D. thesis to be examined though a transparent and credible process. The thesis must be the student's own work. Student defends his or her thesis as a pre-condition of being permitted to proceed to the stage of carrying out the research project formulated in the Thesis Proposal.
    Professional Experience (6 credits)
    A compulsory component of the Program, which leads to the development of professional pedagogical skills of the student. Carried out on the premises of Skoltech.
    Qualifying Exam + Thesis Defense (9 credits)
    • The goal of the qualifying examination is to provide an opportunity for an assessment of a student's ability and inclination to conduct research according to top-tier institution standards, and to provide a learning experience in which students may both strengthen their field-specific knowledge and scientific methods for conducting scholarly research.
    • A compulsory component of the Program, after completion and submission of the thesis, wherein the student is required to present her or his thesis research work in person before a broad audience, including the Ph.D. Defense Jury, and to defend it.
    + Elective Courses (0-60 credits)
    PhD student can take specific courses beyond the amount of 240 ECTS-credits, depending on the area of his or her scientific study.
    Applications are accepted till July 29, 2018 inclusive.
    The admission and enrolment process includes several steps:
    Indicate the Skoltech faculty member(s) with whom you wish to pursue doctoral studies in the Skoltech faculty database before beginning the online application
    Online Selection
    Prepare all documents (CV, personal statement, 2 reference letters) and submit your application by filling in the form on Skoltech's web site
    Selection Days
    Invitations are reserved for those students who submitted the strongest online applications. You have to pass an English exam on site or present a valid TOEFL or IELTS certificate, and pass an interview
    Based on the results of each applicant's overall performance, we will make a list of students to be enrolled free of charge
    Now that you know everything about
    education at Skoltech,
    you can proceed to the application
    Click on the button below to fill in the application form. Applications are accepted till July 29, 2018 inclusive
    Contact us by phone/e-mail or visit us:
    phone: +7 (495) 280-1481
    address: 3 Nobel Street, Skolkovo, 143026, Russian Federation
    (We are more than happy to meet visitors Monday through Friday from 9:00-18:00. Please arrange a visit at 48 hours in advance by writing us an email at