The results of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation scholarships programme for master’s students have been announced. The master’s students at St Petersburg University are at the top of the ranking.

In the academic year 2020/21, the winners of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation scholarships for master’s students are 62 master’s students at St Petersburg University, while the University is named as the best university in the league tables of the universities across Russia.

This year, over 5,700 applications were submitted for receiving the Foundation scholarship, with 2,000 students taking part in the face-to-face selection procedure. Among them were students from universities abroad, including partner-universities in Algeria, India, Columbia, Serbia, Syria, and Japan. For more information about the results of the competition click here.

In spite of the exceptional circumstances caused by the pandemic and restrictions we are exposed to, the competition remained extremely popular among students, said the General Director of the Foundation Oksana Oracheva. Financial support to students is essential during the pandemic. This made the organisers increase the number of winners up to 750. ‘The pandemic made the scholarship competition move online. Yet the participants could show flexibility and creativity. Moreover, they could build up a virtual alliance of likeminded people in a twinkle of an eye that brought together people from various cities and time zones,’ said Oksana Oracheva. ‘Bringing together bright, supportive and encouraging people who are ready to take responsibility for what they are doing is among the key aims of the scholarship programme.’

The scholarship programme is the largest educational projects of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation. The winners of the competition receive a scholarship of 25,000 roubles each month from February 2021 till the end of their study at the graduate level.

This year, the competition was innovative in part, said the organisers. The participants were the first to apply via the newly designed website of the Foundation, while the face-to-face part of the competition opened new horizons of the phygital world that enabled us to communicate blending the traditional physical experience and the digital, online technology-driven environment.