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Foreign Government Awards Program - Russia

Feb 15, 2012

Through the Ministry of Education and Science, the Government of the Russian Federation offers scholarships to Canadian citizens to increase access to the Russian language, culture and the environment as well as to help students advance their career in the international arena.

These scholarships are based on reciprocal agreements between the governments of Russia and Canada.


Three scholarships are available for studies or research at the undergraduate, master's and PhD level. Scholarships are tenable exclusively at the following Russian educational institutions*.

These scholarships are not tenable for studies or research at private institutions, schools of culture, fine arts, and international relations.

Scholarship Value

The scholarship includes:

  • full tuition for the academic program;
  • a monthly allowance of 1100 Russian roubles for undergraduate and master's level studies and 1500 Russian roubles for PhD studies;
  • medical services, in accordance with the regulations of the Russian Federation; and
  • shared accomodation in a hostel provided by the host university.

The scholarship does not cover any travel costs to and from Russia and represents a partial contribution toward the scholarship recipient's total living costs.

Scholarship Duration

Scholarships are awarded for:

  • up to four years at the undergraduate level; or
  • up to two years at the Master's and doctoral level.

Students who do not meet the language requirements may be extende for an extra year.



  • must be Canadian citizens, permanently residing in Canada by the competition deadline;
  • at the Master’s and PhD level must hold the equivalent of an undergraduate and/or graduate degree from a recognized Canadian institution obtained no more than three years preceding the date of application;
  • at the undergraduate level, must have a grade point average of 80%;
  • must be 25 years of age or younger for undergraduate or Master's level study; and 
  • must be 35 years of age or younger and have completed a Master's degree for PhD level study.
  • scholarship recipients at the undergraduate level must commence their studies between September 1 and September 15 of the academic year of the program;
  • scholarship recipients at the Master’s and PhD level must commence their studies before November 15 of the academic year of the program; and
  • the scholarship represents a partial contribution toward the recipient’s total living expenses.

Terms and Conditions

The following terms and conditions apply:

The scholarship recipient should anticipate the following additional expenses:

  • the cost for a round-trip, economy-class airfare ticket;
  • up to CAD 3001 to cover transportation costs from Moscow to the host institution;
  • up to CAD 3001 month to cover additional living expenses; and 
  • up to CAD 3001 for annual, mandatory medical insurance.

Application Process

To be considered for the Foreign Government Awards an applicant must complete and submit the online application form available on this site and provide the supporting documents as requested.

Pre-selected candidates will be asked to complete and submit a second application for the Government of the Russian Federation.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.


Applicants are invited to read the Application Guidelines prior to submitting a formal application.


  • must complete the online application form;
  • must enter data in the fields provided, following the instructions for each item;
  • must, upon completion, verify the data prior to submission;
  • can obtain a hard copy for record keeping by printing the form using the print function in the browser, prior to submitting; and
  • must click SUBMIT for the online application. A confirmation page and reference number will appear after submission.

Supporting Documents

The following documents must be uploaded and attached to the online application form in one of the following formats: .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif.

  • Certificate of admission: certificate of admission from the host institution or a copy of correspondence (including email correspondence) testifying that the applicant has requested admission or will have access to the facilities needed to complete the proposed research project.
  • Curriculum vitae: the curriculum vitae must not include photographs or any personal information such as a date of birth (maximum of four pages).
  • Proof of registration for studies in progress (if applicable).

Documents Sent by Mail

The following documents must be sent by mail:

  • Proof of Canadian citizenship: copy of a birth certificate, citizenship card or passport; a baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship.
  • Official transcripts: a transcript of all post-secondary studies to date (complete academic record(s) including colleges and CÉGEPs) with the cumulative grade point average (GPA) for each degree or certificate.
  • Copy of the diploma for the highest degree obtained.
  • Proof of language proficiency (if applicable).

Documents Sent by Email

Letters of recommendation: three letters of recommendation from people who are well acquainted with the applicant’s scholarly work. Referees must use the letter of recommendation form (view/download PDF2 – 632 Kb) and may also include one additional letter signed and on official letterhead.

Letters of recommendation must be sent separately, by the referee, via email as a PDF document to the scholarship administrator at Documents and email subject lines must clearly identify the name of the applicant in the following format:

Subject: FGA-RUSSIA-last name of the candidate-last name of the referee

Example: FGA-RUSSIA-Smith-Johnson

The letters of recommendation must arrive by the deadline for the online application to be considered.


The deadline for the online application form is 11:59 p.m. EDT, March 15, 2012. Applications received late or incomplete will not be considered.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that supporting documents are received by the deadline. The Selection Committee will not accept incomplete files. Supporting documents, other than the ones requested, will not be accepted.

It is strongly recommended that the applicant collect all the required supporting documents (except the letters of recommendation) in a sealed envelope and send them to the scholarship administrator in one package by a method that provides confirmation of its delivery, such as a courier service or registered mail.

If the applicant is unable to collect all of the required supporting documents into one package, the applicant must ensure that their institution(s) submit the documents directly to the scholarship administrator by the deadline. The applicant’s name and the scholarship program for which the applicant is applying must be on all documentation sent to the scholarship administrator.

All supporting documentation must be sent to the scholarship administrator at:

Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
Attn: Foreign Government Awards – Russia
220 Laurier Ave. W., Suite 1550
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5Z9

An acknowledgement of receipt will not be provided.

Online Application

Wednesday, February 15, 2012