Viktor Vekselberg, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Renova Group and President of the Skolkovo Foundation, has established a scholarship for Russian students studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The RENOVA Charity Foundation pays close attention to opportunities for projects designed to support young talent. We are confident that investments in education and science are of the utmost importance for Russia's successful development and economic prosperity. We therefore strive to support educational projects designed to assist Russian school and university students acquire the most advanced knowledge and scientific practices in order to improve the talent pool for new high-tech industries in Russia, the creation of which is one of Renova Group's primary focuses.
The MIT study program perfectly aligns with both the priorities of Russia's innovative development policy and Renova's business interests. The Viktor Vekselberg MIT Scholarship is more than just an opportunity to study in one of the world's leading technical universities: it is also a system for integrating scholarship fellows in joint scientific projects between MIT and other leading educational institutions in Russia; scientific practices of MIT and Skoltech (Moscow); the internship system in place among high-tech businesses in Russia; and loyalty programs to continue their scientific career and studies in leading universities and scientific institutes in Russia. One of our most important objectives is also to attract MIT alumni from various countries to participate in internships in Russian schools, research and practice centers, and to continue their scientific or business careers in Russia.
According to policy of MIT, entrants who can't pay the training at Institute can apply for receiving a grant / financial aid.
he detailed description of possible financial aid is specified on the following links:
The scholarship is awarded following the successful completion of all MIT tests and interviews, and covers the costs of tuition, accommodations, purchase of all necessary scholastic materials, as well as transportation costs for one year.
The entrants counting on V.F. Vekselberg's Grant need to obtain information on successful receipt in Institute and further to submit the application for "financial aid": https://sfs.mit.edu/financial-aid-mit
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) located in Cambridge, USA, is one of the world's leading higher education and research centers. As a flagship institute among the world's most reputable technical universities, MIT is famous (among its many accolades) for its developments in robotics and artificial intelligence, as well as for its renowned, advanced undergraduate programs in technology fields, which in and of themselves open the door to seemingly unlimited research opportunities for students and graduates.
The scholarship is granted exclusively to citizens currently living in the Russian Federation for admission to any MIT undergraduate program. Currently, the RENOVA Charity Foundation collaborates with three centers for young talent in Russia:
- The Specialized Educational Scientific Center of Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg,
- International Gymnasium of the Skolkovo Innovation Center, Moscow,
- School No. 9 for the Advanced Study of Physics and Mathematics, Perm.
The scholarship is awarded following the successful completion of all MIT tests and interviews, and covers the costs of tuition, accommodations, purchase of all necessary scholastic materials, as well as transportation costs for one year. After admission to MIT and one successful academic year of studies, students may reapply for the scholarship to continue their studies in the selected program.
How to apply for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology scholarship
The MIT Admissions Committee adheres to the idea that: "at MIT we admit people, not numbers,", and is quite scrupulous about its selection process. Admission officers consider each international candidate individually so they can thoroughly evaluate the level of their training, regardless of any previously attended educational programs.
"Every year, more than 4,000 international students apply to MIT, and we have room to admit less than 150"
- Create an account on the MIT website no later than November 1 or January 1 depending on the desired application cycle.
- Next, follow the instructions at http://mitadmissions.org/apply/international/mitapp) to fill out your application
- To be selected, you must take a test (each program has its own test), submit an application and complete an interview. Interviews can be held either at the Institute or via Skype. Required tests include both TOEFL and SAT. Please note that MIT has high requirements for English proficiency. The following TOEFL results are accepted: Paper Based Test (PBT) — at least 577 (600+ recommended); Internet Based Test (iBT) — at least 90 (100+ recommended). IELTS results are not honored at the Institute!
International and American students alike complete the same documents when preparing their applications: first applicants create an account on the MIT website, then submit Part 1 of the application containing biographical information. Next, you must complete Part 2 of the application, containing an essay on the subjects studied by the applicant. Candidates must also submit three letters of recommendation:including from two teachers (one math/science, one humanities), and one letter from their school counselor. Portfolios or additional materials can also be sent in with the application to highlight the particular talents of the candidate.
- The next step is the interview. By December 10, applicants must contact an MIT representative via their account and arrange for an interview; this can be done via the email indicated on the website. This stage is not mandatory, but according to the statistics, applicants who completed an interview are more likely to be admitted (about 10% of all those interviewed) than those who chose not to be interviewed (only 1% are admitted).
Subjects studied by the candidates in school come first in the list of requirements. These subjects include general disciplines, such as English, math, history/social sciences, biology, chemistry, and physics. Despite the varying ages of candidates and the admission of candidates who graduated from school after additional studies, we recommend applying for the scholarship only after receiving a diploma of the Russian Federation following successful completion of the Unified State Exams. Among other benefits, this also helps facilitate better integration into joint programs with Russian universities.
- The Specialized Educational Scientific Center of the Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg
- International Gymnasium of the Skolkovo Innovation Center, Moscow
- Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), Moscow
- School No. 9 for the Advanced Study of Physics and Mathematics, Perm
- MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), Cambridge, MA